Dealing with Student letting agents.
If you are living away from home for the first time you have probably never had to deal with a letting agency before. But unless your parents have incredibly deep pockets and plan to purchase a property outright the chances are you will be renting your student accommodation and letting agencies are a necessary part of the process. In any university town or city you will probably find letting agencies that deal primarily in student accommodation. They will have dozens of properties to fill before the beginning of term and will be working hard to sign you up before another agency has chance. They will each be offering attractive deals to tempt you with, from flat screen televisions to free wifi or even ensuite facilities. But it is important to do your research and not be instantly sucked into signing a contract only to find you could have got a better deal elsewhere. Most agencies will advertise their properties online, this is a real advantage to you as a potential tenant as it gives you the opportunity to have a good look at what is available before you decide which agents to contact. The website will usually give you details of exactly what is included in the rent and what will be billed as extra. This information is really important when you are working out a budget and although luxuries such as new TVs are very appealing, they are only there to allow landlords an excuse to charge more. More important factors to consider are the location of the property, it’s overall condition, it’s surroundings and the facilities included in the price. This may be your first encounter with a letting agency but it is something you will need to get used to as it probably won’t be your last! Finding a good agent may not be easy so ask around for recommendations from other students who are already renting in the area. This is the best way to find an agent that provides good student accommodation and also good service.