Signing a house contract is a big deal no matter how old or what year you are in.
Last year over 64% of people said they were pressured to sign a house due to letting agencies, one comment from the Vent about your Rent survey declared “They said all the good houses will be gone after Christmas! How ridiculous” and we in SUSU agree!
This year we are urging you to wait until after Christmas, at least until SASSH (the University self accreditation scheme) opens on January 8th before even looking for a house.
SUSU’s very own Letting Agency will also be starting up early next year, so there really is no reason to hurry into a house!
As well as being ripped off and getting poor quality housing it is really important to make sure you know who you want to live with isn’t necessarily the people you were randomly assigned into halls with, or the people you already live with this year.
After January exams SUSU will be running Housing Information Day a day for everyone to find out everything the need to know about looking around a house – key questions to ask when looking round, what a good contract looks like and even some key things to think about with your prospective housemates!
Remember we have the Advice Centre located above the Stags in building 40 who are open 9-5 and will check over contracts, chat through problems and generally be able to give you advice.
The state of your house can affect your whole year! Post below with any experiences/ advice you want to pass on!