When is Best to Start Looking for Student Accommodation?

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February 1, 2018 - bellvue-admin - House Sharing

Students have a lot to think about: their studies, their finances, and even what they’re going to be wearing when they go out. However, there is another huge pressure put on students during the academic year, which is where they’re going to be living during the next academic year.

To take the pressure off, we’ve put together a guide to when you should start hunting for next year’s accommodation, detailing 3 major points to consider. 

Don’t rush

Generally speaking, the panic of needing to find a student house engulfs campus at around November time and, if you want to start looking for a house then, that’s really good, but you don’t absolutely have to.

Rushing into signing up for the first half-decent house you find is a great way to settle on a deal that you’re not entirely happy with. Have a conversation with your housemates to outline the features and amenities of a house that you’re not willing to compromise and then take your time searching for an appropriate property.

Decide who you want to live with first

This is one of the most important points to consider and it’s essential that you get this element together before you start looking at houses, be that earlier on in the academic year or later.

We spoke to fellow student housing experts Student HQ who said: “The biggest problem we see with student housing is housemate disputes. Because of this, we think it’s really important that you have fully considered who you’re going to live with.”

“If you like to come home in the early hours of the morning, try to make sure that you’re going to be living with people who are okay with that. Similarly, if you’re really into your peace and quiet, try to select housemates accordingly.”

“Another major issue we often encounter is when people move in with couples and the couple in question break up, leaving the entire household with an air of tension. As a rule of thumb, try to avoid living with couples at all costs. They may seem really loved up to begin with, but things can and do turn sour – you shouldn’t have to deal with the fallout.”

You’re not going to be homeless

A lot of students are left feeling the pressure if they’re the only ones they know who haven’t got their housing for the next year finalised. However, it’s important to remember that you’re not going to be left without housing.

It’s a myth that all of the student houses will be snapped up before Christmas. In most cases, there will still be plenty of student properties to choose from, but you may have to expand to looking at more housing websites. Your university may even be able to provide support for your search for a student property, so it’s always worth asking.

Of course, the sooner you get your house sorted the better for your peace of mind, so don’t slack on purpose. But, if you haven’t got it sorted yet, try not to panic; you will find options, even if those options aren’t exactly what you were looking for at first.


There isn’t really a ‘right’ time to start searching for your next student house, just keep one thing in mind: don’t panic.


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