Student Guide To Renting

It's that time of year again.. Universities are holding housing fairs and students are looking for accommodation for the next academic year. There's a lot to think about when it comes to choosing a new student property and we wanted to give you some helpful tips and advice on what to expect, what to ask and what to think about when it comes to choosing your new digs!

Picking a Property

When it comes to picking a property, you need to evaluate what is going to best suit your lifestyle. Do you want to share a house or an apartment with friends or are you more suited to living alone, in an apartment or a studio? Once you've decided on this, you can narrow down results of searches based on the number of bedrooms a property has. 

If you make us aware of your requirements, we will aim to find properties to show you that meet some of, if not all of your criteria. 

Picking a Location

Take some time to consider your must-haves. Do you want to be in a central location or close to campus? Think about how long your journey to university will be, whether you'll be able to walk or bike or whether you'll have to use public transport. Don't forget about supermarkets, nightlife and other amenities - if you don't have a vehicle, like most students, you'll need to factor in the cost of travel to your monthly budget. 

Be sure to do some independent research and again, make sure we know what you're looking for. We'll do our best to show you properties that suit your individual needs!

Budgeting and Finance

Some student properties like our Dunfields townhouses have a bills inclusive option, however in other properties you may have to pay for household bills like gas, electricity, water, broadband and TV license on top of your monthly rent. Remember if you're a full time student you're exempt from making Council Tax payments, but be sure to check you're eligible with your local Council. 

Firstly, make sure you check with us whether the property you are interested in includes any bills, don't just assume - there'd be nothing worse than viewing a property, falling in love with it, then finding out it doesn't fall within your budget. Secondly, remember to be realistic with your budget. Give yourself a minimum and a maximum rent per month and try to aim for a property that falls somewhere in the middle. There'd be no point in stretching your budget and renting high end accommodation if you can't actually afford to live!

Lastly, take into consideration your deposit and any administration fees. These payments can vary depending on which property you apply for. Make this one of the first questions you ask if you're interested in a property to ensure you can afford to apply. 

Tenant Obligations 

Tenancy agreements can differ depending on the landlord and the type of property you are letting. Take a look below at some standard clauses you can expect to find in your contract:

  • You must pay your rent and other bills (utilities, broadband etc) on time. 
  • You must respect the property, its contents and any neighbours. 
  • You must keep the property safe and secure at all times.
  • You must take responsibility for basic maintenance (bulbs etc). 
  • You must not alter the property without written consent from the landlord. 

Remember to read through any contracts or agreements thoroughly before signing anything. Once you've signed your paperwork, you should be provided with a physical copy to ensure you have access to information relating to your tenancy and the property. Make sure you understand the length of your contract, your notice period and what is expected of you once you occupy the property. 

So there you have it, our guide to finding your new student property! For more information relating to student/student friendly properties we have on the market at the moment, or for viewing availability, you can contact us in the office on 01142758333 or email us at 




Last Updated: 06/12/2017
Author: Daisy Brannigan

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Cactus Living's Guidance to safe lettings and viewings

In what has been unprecedented times we wanted to set out our guidance on how Cactus will operate in the coming months and our guidance must be strictly followed to maintain the safety of our Cactus team and you as our prospective tenant and valued supplier.

If you are unable to follow our guidance please let us know as we will not be able to allow any viewings to take place or enter our offices.  We will not accept any responsibility or liability for any viewer or contractor/supplier for their health while viewing or entering any of our properties or office and this is done entirely at your own risk.   

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