Student Living: Renting Tips

If this is your first year at University, in all likelihood you’ll be spending the 2022/2023 academic period living in student accommodation.

And, you know what? That’s great!

If you’re young and leaving the comfort of home for the first time, it’s a great way to ease into independence and self-reliance, without ever feeling completely abandoned or out of your depth.

For some, however, the idea of sharing a space with hundreds of fellow students just doesn’t really appeal.

Whether you’re a mature student or an adventurous spirit straight out of school, anxious to take on the realities of the big, bad world, sometimes the right option is to bite the bullet and find a flat to rent in the city.

But what should you consider when investigating this option?

If you’re new to renting a flat and not sure what you should be thinking about, then read on. Because here are 5 tips for renting your first property that you won’t want to miss.

Don’t Be Late!: An important factor to consider when looking for a property is where it is in relation to where you are studying. If you find somewhere miles away from University, getting in every day is going to be one heck of a slog. Try and find somewhere within sensible distance of where you’ll be studying and also with good transport links. Areas in Edinburgh such as Marchmont or Leith are great places to mingle with fellow students.  Take a look and see what works for you.

Expert Help: When in doubt, it’s always best to go to those who are experts in the field and have your best interests at heart. In other words, why not get in touch with Belvoir Edinburgh today and we’ll help get you on the right track. Moving can be daunting at any stage in life, but with us you know you’ll have a trusted hand. Some people may see your inexperience as an opportunity to exploit you for all your worth. Be sensible and be safe. Choose a professional letting agency to guide you in the right direction.

Counting Costs: This may seem obvious, but have you considered just how much all of this is going to set you back financially? What rent can you afford? Have you looked at broadband deals? And, goodness, what about power? We’re currently in a cost of living crisis, with electricity and gas prices currently skyrocketing. Do you plan on working alongside studying? Can you do that without your University life suffering?…There’s a lot to digest here, so take some time and count the costs.

Secure Living: In these times where people are struggling and paying for the simple things in life is becoming more and more of a challenge, it is possible that crime – in particular stealing and break-ins- could begin to increase. This has historically been especially true in areas populated by students, where security might not necessarily be top of the agenda. Now, far more often than not, things are absolutely fine. But ask about how your property is secured and check out the local crime rate. When you do move in, make friends with neighbours and make yourself known locally. Do the simple things and you will have a drama free and happy life.

Enjoy Yourself: As we’ve said, moving home is a big deal whenever you do it. This is a unique and challenging time for you. But, goodness, do remember to enjoy it. This is a moment of growth and self-discovery, so grasp it with both hands and soak it all in. Whatever your age, wherever you are from, you are a student in the greatest city on earth. Make the most of this opportunity. Have fun.

If you’re looking to rent a flat and it’s your first time, it can be a slightly nervy experience. Just know that you are not alone and there is help available to you if you require some advice and a gentle confidence boost.

We’re here for you.

From everyone here at Belvoir Edinburgh, we’d like to wish all students arriving in Auld Reekie this month a giant welcome.

You’re going to do great!