Choosing new student accommodation can be tricky, with so many properties available, and so many different things to consider. But one of the most important considerations should be your budget. Unfortunately there are some hidden costs associated with student accommodation. But what should you look out for? Well here at Let Pads, we are Preston’s leading student accommodation providers. We provide high quality accommodation for UCLan students across Preston, with properties situated close to the university itself, and the city centre. And this is our guide to everything you should know about the hidden costs for some student accommodation properties.

What are the most common hidden costs associated with student accommodation?

If you are moving into private rented accommodation for the first time in the next academic year, there are some hidden costs you should be wary of, before making a decision on your new home. These hidden costs include:

  • Utility bills- for some rentals, heating, water and electricity will not be included in the price of the rent. This can make things more difficult when trying to plan your budget, especially as these bills will be needed to be shared between all of your housemates, and they may change month by month. Some things to be aware of include:
      • The heating bill- large, older properties will be much harder to heat than smaller ones, and be more expensive. As a result, some houses that look cheap can turn out to be more expensive when you add up the running heating costs.
      • The electricity bill- when sharing accommodation with others, the one bill that causes the most arguments is the electricity bill. Particularly if one person seems to be using more than others.
  • Travel costs- while you may find a great property further away from the city centre, you will then have to factor in travel costs for university and for any jobs or work experience you are undertaking. This can make a big difference to your budget.

Here at Let Pads, we provide stunning student accommodation across Preston, with all bills including WiFi included. With central locations, and high quality interiors, our student accommodation could be perfect for you. Why not get in touch today?