January and February
Decide who you want to live with (or not live with) next year – there's nothing wrong with wanting to live on your own if that’s what you’d prefer.
Decide what type of accommodation you’d like to live in and if you want to remain at your current accommodation
Decide on a budget.
Decide what areas of the city you’d like to live in – depends on travel arrangements.
Decide who you would like to be your Guarantor and ask them for permission. Try to start gathering any documentation you might need to speed up the application process later on – Proof of Address, Proof of Income etc.
Start looking for flats (there probably won’t be many online until late March!)
Start organizing viewings for flats in your price range – many landlords won’t let you apply unless you’ve viewed the flat. Make sure as many of the flat mates are present at the viewing as possible to make sure no one can complain when you’ve moved in.
If you come across a flat, you really like – ACT FAST. Apply for the flat and fill in all the required paperwork as fast as possible.
Pay attention to the “available from” date, this lets you know when the flat will be available from and most landlords expect to get rent starting from that month.
Don’t be disheartened if you don’t get a flat on your first few tries, this process can often be long.
April – May
If you plan on moving into Purpose Built Student Accomodation, make your booking early!
If you’re finding a flat, it’s time to make it a top priority
If your application has been accepted go through the rest of this guide carefully and then sign the lease.
If you don’t have a flat yet, do not panic! It’s time to be more strategic.
This is the perfect time for you to research utility companies and find the best one for you.
Set a move-in date for yourself (and your flatmates), depending on how soon you want to move in, you might want to set up your utility accounts in the month as well.
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