If you’re an independent person then private rental accommodation is the perfect option for you. It is also a great way to fully immerse yourself in local culture; living with locals will definitely broaden your horizons in your new city.
Finding your own private rental
Renting an apartment / house for just you or with a group of friends:
- Check individual real estate websites or www.zoopla.co.uk or www.rightmove.co.uk
- Avoid unregulated private rental options that are not arranged through a real estate.
Rent a room in an established share house:
- Check the noticeboards at your institution.
- Check out websites like www.uk.easyroommate.com or www.spareroom.co.uk
- Look up share house groups on social media.
- Let everyone know on your social media networks you are looking for a room – friends of friends are always looking for their new house mate.
- Avoid private rental rooming houses that are set up like a hostel – crowding 2-5 international students into each room. This is illegal in some countries as this set up generally takes advantage of students by charging too much and provide poor living amenities.
Positives of living in Private Rental
- Control of your living arrangements and complete independence.
- Immerse yourself in local culture by living with locals.
- Living with friends can be great fun.
- Often cheaper than other forms of accommodation.
- Searching for rentals and going to real estate / house interviews can be time consuming
- You will need to purchase all furniture, appliances and set up all gas, power, water and internet connection
- It can be hard to focus on study if your house is too fun
Depending on the apartment the cost will vary. You can expect to pay between $100 and $500 a week not including utilities or food. Rentals are generally cheaper the further you travel from the city. If budget is an issue try looking a bit further out in an area that has a good public transport connection to your institution.
Prepare the documents you need to provide before you apply for your new house. Check the real estate agent’s website – generally you will need various references/guarantees, proof of income, proof of identity and rental history.
Things to consider before renting an apartment / house:
- What are the bond and lease conditions?
- What type of household do you and the other housemates, want to live in?
Some people want a quiet, tidy calm house and others want a more casual, noisy, social household. It’s best to work this out before you are living with together.
Things to consider before renting a room in a share house:
- What are the bond & lease conditions?
- Does the share house seem like a friendly, comfortable place to live?
- What are the house rules and customs?
- Are people living independently or do they share meals communally?
If you have any questions about private rental, signing a lease, bond or your rights in a share house, contact the Tenancy Union in your area for free advice.