How to choose the type of accommodation you want to rent in London

“Housing supply in London is very tight for British international students, and housing prices in big cities are also very expensive. It is not easy to rent a suitable house within the budget. The following Xiaoju will introduce you to student accommodation London.

Room type selection
The first thing to decide when looking for a house is whether to live in a student accommodation or a private student accommodation. Compared with the two, each has its own advantages and disadvantages, and the main choice lies in personal needs.

Generally speaking, the advantages of student accommodations are as follows:

1. Convenient and trouble-free, you do not have to spend time looking for a house, and you do not have to worry about paying bills.
2. There is a special person to manage and clean (only in public spaces, you still have to tidy up your own dormitory).
3. High security

The advantages of private student housing are:

1. Low rent. Renting with others is generally cheaper than student dormitories. Generally, the weekly rent of a flat with the same conditions as the school will be about 20 pounds cheaper than that of a student accommodation.
2. Large space. Generally, house or flat rooms in private student accommodations are larger than dormitory rooms.
3. There are many housing sources, and there are more choices for student accommodation locations. If you want to be close to the city, supermarkets, or libraries are fine.

If the geographical location of the school student accommodation and the private student accommodation are similar, and there are only a lot more furniture and household appliances, choosing a private student accommodation can save about 20-50 pounds in rent per week. Why not do it?

student accommodation process

Refer to Google Maps, combined with the geographical location of the school, research the location, traffic, humanities and security conditions of each district in London, and choose your ideal area.

Search for housing information and find the house you like (generally, you can see the basic introduction and photos of the house from the Internet). The range of student accommodations is better to be closer to the destination to save travel expenses and time. Because the subway in London is notoriously expensive, even if there is a student discount, it costs 2.4 pounds (more than 30 RMB) for a trip within the first district. If you go to and from school every day, you will have an extra transportation fee of about 120 pounds a month. And the subway is crowded and there are frequent strikes. Therefore, it is better to choose a house that walks to the school, which is more cost-effective.

If conditions permit, contact the intermediary to arrange a house viewing, and check whether the surrounding supporting facilities are perfect.

Confirm the student accommodation and sign the official student accommodation contract. According to British law, such a contract is called Assured Shorthold Tenancy. This contract will clearly stipulate the rights and obligations of you and the landlord, as well as how to deal with the breach and termination of the agreement.

Pay off the first payment of agency fee + deposit.

UK student housing usually charges a deposit that matches the value of the property, usually six weeks’ rent. This fee will be charged before the formal rent payment for the property.

British law stipulates that the deposit collected by the landlord must be placed in the “”Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme”” within the specified period, which is guaranteed by the British government and supervised by a third party. The main purpose is to protect the rights and interests of tenants. When the lease contract expires, the deposit can only be returned to the tenant’s account after both parties to the contract reach an agreement through negotiation.

On the first day of the lease term, get the keys, move, and move in.
Recommended range of student accommodations
Rents are high in central London and low in surrounding areas. It is high in the north and low in the south. High in the west and low in the east.

According to The Sunday Times, the safety situation in London housing areas is as follows:

Best housing area zip code
Central District SW5, SW7, SW3, N1, W1, WC1, WC2,
Surrounding areas NW3 (Hampstead), NW11 (Golder’s Green), N2 (East Finchley), NW4 (Hendon)
Potentially Unsafe Area Postal Codes
It is best to choose a flat with security-entry in the central area
Surrounding area E10(Leyton), E15(Stratford)
The correct student accommodation process and mastery of student accommodation contract knowledge can help you successfully rent a London student accommodation in London. If you have any needs in student accommodations, you can consult Yijia Haoju, which can reduce many tedious steps.”

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