10 tips for student housing

If you are about to commence further education you are probaly in acute need of a flat. Legwork, networking, patience and an open mindset is a good place to start the hunt for accommodation.

10 tips if you are looking for student housing:

1. Get registered - well in advance: It may seem obvious, but it's important to register on waiting lists for vacant rented accommodation as early as possible, since this will give you a head start. You don't have to wait to register until your student place is confirmed.

2. Be realistic: Start by considering what your wishes are, and what you're willing to compromise on. Would you be happy enough with a small room, if it means you get to live in a more attractive location? Or is plenty of space the most important thing to you?

3. Get an overview: Make sure that you have a sufficient overview of your personal finances, to get a realistic picture of how much you can afford to pay per month. Have a chat with your bank, if necessary. Remember to include ongoing utility charges, i.e. water and heating, in your budget.

4. Use the housing portals online: A number of housing sites present vacant rental accommodation in a simple and effective way. DEAS' housing portal Findbolig.nu also include student and youth housing. It's easy to search the many housing sites online.

5. Remember student halls of residence: There are both public and private halls of residence of virtually every type and in different price classes, all over the country. For some halls of residence, you can apply directly, while for others you need to search via housing portals that present various halls of residence.

6. Be proactive and use your network: Don't just stick to the usual channels, but also use your family, friends and acquaintances. Perhaps they know someone who can help you? Don't hesitate to use social media either.

7. Search in a wide geographical area: Outside city centres, there is less pressure on the housing market. Close proximity to e.g. public transport can be an advantage. Make sure you know how far away from your place of study you could live and still have an acceptable transport time.

8. Accept that your first home may be temporary: There is no rule that you have to stay in your first home all through your studies. Be prepared to accept temporary solutions to start with, such as short sub-leases. Your requirements may change, and new opportunities can arise.

9. Join forces with others: Consider the option of starting with a room in a flatshare. This will expand your opportunities, and make it easier for you to socialise. But always remember to check with your landlord whether sharing is permitted, before you move in.

10. Parents' buying? Talk to your bank: If your family is considering buying a flat for you, it's a good idea to start by talking to your bank, who can guide you. In certain apartments and housing associations there may be special conditions or rules for parents buying a home for their child.

Happy flat hunting!

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