FIND A HOME

It can be daunting when it comes to finding a home but this page can help you with the main points of finding and securing a property. This page will help you with handy information so that you can find somewhere to live whilst at University.

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS

If you are a new undergraduate student at the University of Brighton, the University will try to give you accommodation. This could be in halls of residence or through the Unihomes or Unilets scheme. You will need to apply for this through the University accommodation system before you start at University.

ALL STUDENTS

There are many ways that you can find a property including through a letting agent or online property websites. The University of Brighton run a service called Student Homes which links students directly to landlords so there are no agency fees.

BUDGET

BUDGET

When looking for a property, work out what your upper limit of monthly costs are. Remember to include bills, food, University materials, travel, and other expenses when looking at what you can afford. Having a monthly budget will not just help you understand your price range for renting, it can help when controlling your expenditure.

FRIENDS

FRIENDS

It is easier to look for a property with multiple people to fill it rather than looking for individual rooms. Discuss what you can all afford when setting out on the hunt for properties. When deciding on who to live with, discuss what you would have as house rules and what you would expect from each other. This will help you understand the lifestyle of the people you are looking at renting with.

PROPERTY

PROPERTY

Knowing what you get for your money is important. When looking at properties online, look at the description because what is pictured may not be included. Furnished properties come with furniture and kitchen appliances. Un-furnished properties range widely on what they come with so always check the listing details. Asking for a floor plan will help you understand the layout of the property with the help of photos.

VIEW IT!

VIEW IT

Do not put money down on a property without looking at it in person first. Even though properties can go quickly, you should always have a look at the property before securing it. Before looking at a property, write a list of questions you have and what is included in the property so you can use that list for your viewing. Make sure you have a good look at the property and see the quality of what is on offer.

Remember to print the housing checklist to tick off criteria when you view the property!

MONEY

There are many costs that can be involved with securing a property. Ask for all of the costs upfront with the letting agent/landlord before putting any money down on a property. Always ask about costs when looking at properties and before putting any money down to secure the property. Below is a breakdown of some of these costs.

ADMIN FEES

ADMIN FEES

These fees cover the costs of administration for the property. This can include contract fees, reference checks and credit checks. Make sure you look at all the fees that are being charged and question fees that you do not know/understand.

HOLDING DEPOSIT

HOLDING DEPOSIT

A holding deposit is a deposit that is given to secure a property until you need to pay the full deposit and first rent payment. If you put a holding deposit down and take the property, that money will go towards admin fees, deposit and/or the first rent payment. If you put a holding deposit down and do not take the property, the letting agent/landlord is able to keep this money so be sure before you put the holding deposit down.

DEPOSITS

DEPOSITS

The main deposit for a property usually refers to a security deposit. This is an amount of money that is held so that if any damage/loss is made, it can be deducted. All security deposits have to be put into a government backed deposit scheme. This is so that your money is safe and deductions are agreed by both you and the landlord before they are taken. You will get confirmation of this scheme when you pay the deposit so make sure you keep this safe.

RENT IN
ADVANCE

RENT IN ADVANCE

Most landlords will ask for one month’s rent in advance. This means that you pay the rent upfront for the month. So, if you move in on the 1st of September, you will be asked to pay the rent for the month of September on the 1st September. You should be notified of this when securing the property.

For more information, visit University of Brighton Accommodation Website or contact them:

BRIGHTON: 01273 644100 or at accommodation@brighton.ac.uk

EASTBOURNE: 01273 643810 or at accomeastbourne@brighton.ac.uk