When should I book my student accommodation?

Posted in: Accommodation Help, Student Life

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Written by Catalina Constantin (2022 DMU Alumni)

Finding the best accommodation is one of the most important things to consider as a student. Whether you are attending university for the first time or looking to find a new place, where you live can have a significant influence on your student life.

If you already know why living on campus is better than living at home and what would be the best student accommodation for you, let’s find out when the ideal time is to reserve your room for next year and cross another item off your to-do list.

What is our recommendation? It is important to book your accommodation as early as possible. We start letting every year on November 1st for the following year.

Between me and you, you will have the best selection of rooms if you book before the Christmas break.

When students return in January it gets busier and busier. Students are racing to book accommodation between August and September, following A-level results day and clearing.

There are several advantages to arranging your student housing early. Remember how to approach a viewing and do not forget that thousands of other students across the UK are looking for accommodation as well.

Viewing and booking early will offer you the best opportunity of finding a home to live in next year.

Remember, the trick is to make a reservation as soon as possible. Doing it early allows you to rest, knowing that your accommodation is booked, arranged, and ready for you to make it your home, regardless of where you are in your student journey.

You need enough time to consider the costs, location, facilities, and type of rooms available.

You can browse our accommodation listings anytime to see what is available.

Read more on our blog if you are still unsure of whether you would prefer to rent a student studio, find a room in a shared house, or consider the benefits of dual occupancy.

Remember that nearly all student accommodation will require you to pay a deposit. It is normally paid back when the tenancy ends if there is no damage or charges.

Most types of student housing will ask you to supply information about a guarantor, which can be a parent or guardian. There could be differences between your student loan payment dates and your rent payment dates that could cause financial issues. Make sure you discuss this with the agent you are renting from and your guarantor, they might be willing to help you out.

Don’t be alarmed if you miss the initial booking window. You can still find student housing closer to your move-in date. Just keep in mind that you may need to be more flexible with your preferences.

What about the next steps? We’ve got you covered! Learn more about the household bills and don’t forget to have a look over the checklist for moving into your student accommodation.

If you would like to get in touch about any advice, you can call us at 0116 467 0315, send us an email at enquiries@sulets.com, or pop into our lettings office on the DMU campus. Start your student accommodation search today.

Read other tips on how to improve your student life here.

Support is also available from Leicester Student Union Advice and De Montfort Student Union Advice.

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