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If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, “I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.

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Renting Accomodation in the UK

If you are an International student looking to rent a property in the United Kingdom for the first time, then there are a few things you need to be aware of.

Hunting for a property: Depending on your social circumstances you might consider the kind of property you need.

1. The majority of students are keen on shared student accommodations. Living together with other students from all over the world can be exciting and beneficial for many students who are looking to have an active social life firstly and secondly those shared accommodations are cheaper to rent if you are on a tight budget.

- Things to be aware of: Living with strangers can have its good and bad sides. You need to be aware that you might not be so lucky in finding the perfect house mates that you hope for. If you are a tidy person who likes his or her privacy and calm time, you might find yourself living with a complete opposite, so make sure you are %100 happy with that kind of chosen living and aware what you’re getting yourself into.

- It’s very important to set your own house rules from the start together with your house mates. It might take a while for some to get a grasp on their responsibilities but if you are persistent enough you might succeed.

- Make sure when renting a property to enquire on whether the monthly or weekly rent you’re paying includes utility expenses and /or the council tax. (It’s important that you do your maths properly when it comes to your expenses to avoid any problems with meeting your financial requirements).

- The landlord might have his/her own rules they want the students to follow, be careful you follow your landlord’s wishes and stick to the rule to avoid eviction.

2. If you are a mature student with a family, then you will need to rent a family flat or a house.

- Things to be aware of: when looking into renting a property for you and your family you need to consider a few things.

- It is a good idea to consider renting a property close to your University, bearing in mind that if you have school aged children to look for schools close enough to the University and a walking distance from your rented property in order to make things easier for you in case of emergencies, especially if your partner is also studying or working.

How can I find a property to rent?

Many people tend to seek the help and advice of a letting agency when looking for a property. They can help you get a property depending on your requirements, and support you with the required paper work. Be aware, that a small fee might be required.

You can also look for properties in the local newspaper and on the internet. There are many property websites dedicated only for students!

If you are told something you don’t understand by either the letting agent or the land lord, always ask them to repeat what they said or explain more. Don’t feel embarrassed that you don’t understand what they mean, it is probably a totally different system to rent property in the UK from your own country and it is safer to ask than discovering unpleasant surprise later on.

Before signing the contract, read it very carefully and more than once if you can. Anything you are not sure about, ask away! The rent contract is taken very seriously in this country and both the tenant and the landlord need to abide to it.

On signing the contract you will need to give a month deposit, plus the coming month rent.

The deposit will be returned to you after you leave the property and after the property is checked for any damage done during the time you lived there. If something has been damaged it will be deducted from the deposite.

On leaving any rented property you lived at, you are required to return it in the same condition you got it. Always inform the landlord when something is not working properly in the property or has been damaged.

If you have a friend or a professional who can help you the first time you rent a property, it would be a good idea to take them along with you. They can explain things and rules to you and you can be totally certain of what you are getting yourself into.

Renting a property in the UK is not complicated; however the process is taken seriously by all parties in order to make sure both the tenant and landlord know their entitlements and rights.

Need any more advise or support contact us on our e-mail: info@atw-ics.com

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