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Another option in part 3 of my accommodation blogs is private sector housing, which is basically finding a house yourself and paying rent to a landlord each month or so. Students usually use this option during Clearing as they have missed the deadline for the student accommodation application forms to be handed in. Most students live in private sector accommodation in their 2nd and 3rd year at university. Have a look at the advantages and disadvantages of living.
- Learn to live independantly, have to sort out the bills. It’s also usually cheaper than student accomodation.
- More of a homely feeling and more space as it’s a house that anyone can rent not a student flat
- Freedom to choose what area of the city you want to live in
- You could be living with 2nd or 3rd year students
- Houses are older so they are colder and more likely to be damp, have to pay for your heating.
- Could possibly be renting from an unreliable letting agent, don’t fix maintanance problems etc.
Following on my 3rd disadvantage, my tip to you all is if you want to rent privately, make sure you do your research on the letting agency first, are they reliable, are there any hidden costs like a deposit fee or admin charges etc? Also if you can, make sure you go and see the house that you are thinking of renting more than once, as the second time you might spot a fault that you didn’t see before, e.g. any dampness, broken furniture that you can enquire about and see how serious the problems are. All of these tips apply to first years that are in student accommodation but are looking to rent as I said before most people move to a rented house in their second and final year of study.
If you are thinking of living in private sector accommodation here are some useful links to make your search a little easier:
The University maintains a website called Glamorgan Student Pad which contains Local Authority registered, reputable local landlords who have complied with the legal minimum standard and safety regulations. http://www.glamorganstudentpad.co.uk/Home
Also for more information and handy tips on Private sector accomodation, click on http://accommodation.glam.ac.uk/private-sector/ommodation
So, there we go, all 3 chapters of accommodation in Cardiff DONE! It’s no easy task choosing the right accommodation for you at University so I hope this has helped you decide which option suites you the best. Happy searching! 🙂