It is approaching the time of year when we start thinking about accommodation for the next year. Many of you will have probably already started looking for private housing for next year, but for anyone yet to find that perfect home please do not stress! Studentpad is launching on Monday 25 January with a whole host of rental properties to choose from.
Studentpad is the University of Bath’s accommodation website featuring 100s of local properties each year. The landlords of these properties have to go through stringent checks to make sure their rentals are safe to live in with up to date certification. This ensures that your accommodation is completely up-to-scratch and that you aren’t getting ripped off.
To get you ready, here’s a bit more information:
Take your time
The site launches on 25 January, but properties get added throughout the year. If you don’t find ‘the one’ right away, it’s a good idea to keep checking. With the national lockdown currently in place, many landlords have said they won’t advertise until the lockdown has ended as they understand it’s not the ideal time for anyone! Students and landlords also use the message board to advertise individual rooms if you’d like to go down this option too.
Choosing who we live with doesn’t have to be stressful! If you haven’t got yourself a group to live with, or you need more people in your group you can attend our virtual housemate finder events. These are open to all students (not just first years) and we will also run a postgraduate-specific event. You will be put into breakout rooms with a small group and have 10 minutes to talk to each other before moving to a different group. If you click with someone you can contact them after the event and get to know them a bit more before deciding to live with them. Events are happening in late January during ISB and you can sign up through the What’s On page.
We’re Here to help
Renting a house for the first time can be a bit daunting and you’ll likely have some questions. There’s lots of helpful tips and information on the SU Housing page and the University website. We will be hosting a Housing Q&A on Wednesday 3 and Friday 5 February where our advisors will be on hand to answer any questions.
Safety and virtual viewings
Whilst COVID restrictions are in place it’s really important that you keep yourself and others safe whilst looking for housing. We advise that you do not attend any in-person viewings during the national lockdown. Many landlords and estate agents are currently offering virtual viewings. After the lockdown has been lifted you can view properties more safely by checking the current tenants do not have COVID symptoms, wearing a face covering, keeping your time in the property to a minimum and avoid touches surfaces wherever possible.
Some landlords in Bath have signed up to Marks Out Of Tenancy. It’s helpful to check if the property you are interested in is featured on this site, as previous tenants have given feedback and ratings for the quality of these properties. You can get a better idea of the quality of the place, especially if you can’t see it in person.
Think before you ink
The SU and Accommodation services both offer free contract checking. Housing contracts are legally binding, so it’s really important to understand the document before you sign it. To speak to an advisor about your contract, email email@example.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can contact email@example.com at any time for advice and support around housing. So take your time, think your decision through and remember there is plenty of student housing available in Bath.