When do You Start Looking for Student Accommodation?

From freshers’ week to the final year of your postgraduate studies, finding somewhere comfortable and convenient to live might not instantly come to mind. However, to be in the right frame of mind for your degree, you’ll need to find some digs that allow you to revise, relax and enjoy your time at university.

Fortunately, Gillingham has many places for you to live throughout your degree, but if you’re experiencing a mix of fear and confusion about how to live away from home for the first time, what should you do? We at Student House Gillingham have all the answers in this handy guide to finding your home away from home.

The Cost of Student Accommodation in Gillingham 

Your budget will play a major part in determining what you can and can’t afford to rent. To figure out how much you can pay per week or per month for a property, it’s worth working out how much you expect to spend per month on all your essentials. They could include:

  • Food and drink
  • Entertainment
  • Travel - bus, train or petrol
  • Clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Textbooks

Then, you need to know how much money you’re likely to have coming in from your student loan and any part-time or freelance work you’re doing to supplement your income. Next, work out how much you’re likely to spend on each and then take the combined total from what’s going to come in each month. 

The remaining amount of money will show you how much you can afford to spend on renting a place, giving you a firm idea of what falls within your price range. From that point, you’ll need to know what you can get for your money in Medway.

Typically, private student accommodation in Gillingham is pretty cheap, even if it happens to be quite close to the town centre and all of its main attractions. You’ll be able to find a place that fits neatly within your budget, leaving you plenty of room for manoeuvre with all the essentials. 

Prices per person, per week tend to start at around the £95 mark for a house share, going up to £110 for our flashier houses (with ensuits). All properties found on our website includes the costs of gas, electricity, water, Wi-Fi and TV License. 

Student Housing Made Easy

Now that we’ve covered areas and costs, the next step is actually finding a flat. Choosing one may seem daunting, especially if this is the first time you’ve gone house hunting. However, bear this in mind, and you’ll find choosing student accommodation a breeze...

You should consider what you need from your student digs. Do you want somewhere that’s conveniently located within short walking distance of the shops, train station and gym, or would you prefer to live a little more further away where the houses are a bit more spacious or would you like be right on the doorstep of the campuses? Think carefully before deciding on which property you’d like to rent and consult with your housemates. 

Viewing Student Properties 

This can be the scariest and longest part of choosing somewhere to live for the first time. Fortunately, there’s no need to be in fear of viewings - they’re great for seeing where you want to live, as well as forming an opinion of what sort of accommodation is right for your time at university! 

When attending a viewing, you need to check every single room in the property to see everything so there's no surprises when you move in. Also to see the decor is to your liking and, ultimately whether or not you can see yourself living there.

Make sure when you book a viewing you have everyone who will be moving in with you present, this will remove all the hassle of multiple viewings for people who can’t make it and you’ll know then and there if everyone is happy with the property.  Doing this will help you to feel assured and provide a more rounded view on whether the property you’re looking at is for you. 

At a viewing, never be afraid to ask questions. You can ask the us about anything you are unsure about, such as:

  • Safety - location of fire and smoke alarms
  • Our cleaning and gardening service
  • Inspections
  • Rent pricing for larger and smaller rooms in the property
  • Charges - are there any for services such as fixing anything in an emergency?
  • Parking - on the street or in a driveway
  • Buses and other public transport
  • Accommodating visitors such as friends and parents for overnight stays

No question about the property should be off limits. The member of staff showing you round will be able to give you a clear and thorough response to whatever you ask. 

International Students Lettings in Gillingham

International students looking for accommodation in Medway (and elsewhere in the UK) will need to do the following before coming here to rent a property:

  • Apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa if from a country outside of the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland - you can do so via the GOV.UK website
  • Enough money to support yourself throughout your study, be it in the form of a loan, grant or any cash you’ve earned before moving to the UK
  • If you don’t need to apply for a student visa, you do need a valid passport from an EU state or one from Norway, Iceland, Switzerland or Liechtenstein
  • Apply for a student loan through the correct channels - EU students can get one directly from their university  

As for finding a property, it’s essential to have your passport handy, as well as any other paperwork that proves that you are you and are eligible to study and live here for the duration of your course. Then, you can start looking for a place to call home!

Looking for a place of your own isn’t all plain sailing; there is going to be a little bit of paperwork involved! Fortunately, with our help, you can find a property that’s clean, safe, affordable and convenient in next to no time, leaving you free to concentrate on what’s important - getting that degree that will set you on your way towards getting that dream job.

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