Here at Let Pads, we are Preston’s leading student accommodation provider. And with January fast approaching, we know that many students will begin to look for their new property in preparation for the September term. But what questions should you ask when viewing student accommodation?

What are the important questions to ask when viewing student accommodation?

Viewing student accommodation can be overwhelming as there is a lot of information to take into account. But this viewing is a great opportunity for you to make sure that the property is exactly what you are looking for. After all, you’ll be living there for the next academic year. As a result, there are some pertinent questions that you should be sure to ask. These include:

  • How much is the rent and are the bills included? If not, which bills will need to be paid? Getting a clear answer on this topic is essential. You need to know before you move in if this is a home you can comfortably afford, without leaving yourself in financial trouble. Here at LetPads, we include the cost of the bills, including WiFi, as part of the rent, so you have less to worry about.
  • How often is the rent paid?- with the termly payments of student loans, many student accommodation providers will accept termly payments of rent. However, some will require monthly payments. You may find that you simply cant budget for accommodation with monthly payment, and this can be a deal breaker for the accommodation you are viewing. As a result, it’s better to ask sooner, rather than later.
  • Are there fitted smoke alarms? Student accommodation has to meet standards and criteria set by the Government, and as such it needs to be fire safe. This includes fitted working smoke alarms. While this might not seem like much, smoke alarms can save your life. And you may find that properties without these, are cutting other corners with your accommodation too.

For more information or advice, or to view our range of high quality student properties, get in touch with the team today, here at Let Pads.