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Think before you Rent 

Now, before you go running to the first viewing you find, there are a few things you need to think about!  

Who am I going to live with? Picking your Flatmates can be hard, so make sure to check out our guide on that very topic!

Pick a Budget 

One of the most important things to consider before starting to look for a flat is your financial situation. Housing in Edinburgh can be quite pricey, even before bills – so make sure to come up with a budget before you go rushing off to viewings. On average, Heriot-Watt students spend around £450 a month on rent when sharing with flatmates. The average rent in Edinburgh for a 1bed flat is around £750. It is important to remember to realistically factor in your other expenditure, including bills, socialising and groceries. You don’t want to put yourself under significant financial stress! If you’d like help creating a budget, pop into the Advice Hub who have lots of budgeting resources.  

Do your research 

Make sure to DO YOUR RESEARCH. Deciding where you want to stay is so much more than finding somewhere to stay - it’s where you’re going to sleep, eat, study and recover from those nights out! Here are some things you need to think about:  

  • Location: Where do you want to live? Are you going to be able to get to Uni/your part-time job/see your mates easily from here?  

  • Facilities: What do you want included in your accommodation? En suite? TV? Washing machine? 

  • Initial deposit cost  

  • Size of rooms  

  • When the flat is available from 

When looking for flats in Edinburgh there are so many different websites you can use: 

Even with these websites alongside such sites as Gumtree, you need to be wary of scammers!  Check out the rest of our guide for more info on all these topics!