Student Guide for renting in Cardiff
Worried about renting your first student property? For students looking to move into private rented accommodation for the first time, the experience can often seem daunting. By doing some research and preparation beforehand, you can make the process much more straightforward. Here are some important steps to help make letting a property with Keylet a stress-free process.
1. Narrow down your search
So where do you start? How many bedrooms? How many bathrooms? Do you need parking?
It can seem overwhelming at first, so it’s worth working out your requirements and also seeing what’s currently on the market to see if your ideal properties are realistic. Start your property search online by viewing the Keylet Website, Rightmove, On The Market, Sturents and University Cribs to help you find the perfect property. Remember if your ideal property isn’t found you can set up instant property alerts on most sites so you will be one of the first people notified when the perfect property comes available.
2. Choose your housemates wisely
This is important. Chances are that you’ll be living with these people for a whole year. Sharing a house with someone is a lot different from spending an hour in the pub with them, so ask yourself some key questions. How well do you really know the person/people you want to live with? Do you share the same interests? Do you have the same attitudes to cleanliness? Is working more important to you than partying?
3. Pick your location
We offer properties in all student areas, and while some areas are more popular than others, it is worth doing the research to ensure you are happy with the area you are living in. Some properties are nearer to the university buildings while others will be closer to local amenities – all of them will be a little bit different. Make sure you work out what’s important to you, have a look at the transport links and facilities nearby and ask around to see what other students think about the area.
4. Calculate your budget
No matter how deep your pockets are, everyone has a budget. When you are living with a group of friends, make sure you all have a pre-agreed budget for bills, food and anything else you will want to share to avoid any awkward conversations. There are options out there to suit all bank balances and while the mantra of ‘you get what you pay for’ still holds true, there are plenty of high standard budget options out there to keep everybody happy.
5. Do your research
Ask lots of questions! Speak to your course mates, pester your friends, visit student noticeboards and dip into social media for hints and tips on popular locations. It’s also worth searching on portals mentioned above, then when you have narrowed down your search, contact us, we employ local people, most who have previously attended University in Cardiff, and so they are experts in their fields. Students already in their second or third years are also a great source of knowledge because they have already been through the process.
6. Read your contract
Once you’ve found the property of your dreams, you will be asked to sign a tenancy agreement. Make sure you read all paperwork carefully so you understand what you’re signing. If you are signing a joint tenancy agreement, make sure you understand the legal implications of this. If you’ve agreed any improvements with the landlord, ensure these are put in writing as part of your contract (this is called an addendum). Click here to view our standard tenancy agreement.
7. Prepare to move in
With student rentals, it’s often a long time after you’ve signed for the property that you actually get to move in.
– Don’t forget to ensure all of your paperwork is complete and that your first instalment of rent is paid to avoid any problems with the keys being released.
– Make sure you are given an inventory to the property and use this to double check that any damage or disrepair is noted and the amended inventory is returned in good time.
– Remember to take meter readings and inform the council that you have moved in but are in full time education; that way you won’t need to pay council tax.
– And then finally, go and put your feet up and enjoy having your own rental property for the first time!
Our student lettings office is based in the heart of Cathays, at Mundy Place, please feel free to pop in or alternatively call one of the team on 02920388399 to enquire about our stock for next academic year.
Published: December 5, 2016BACK TO NEWS LIST