This is the time of year when students are anxious to find a place to live. Apart from the existing students there will be an influx of first years coming in September. Finding the right place to live can seem a daunting task but when done patiently the result is rewarding.
Do take the following into consideration as you look for a place to live in the coming academic year. Writes Nana-Ama Akpoblu…
- Decide the kind of accommodation you want to live in.
- Have a realistic budget you can afford.
- Choose your housemates carefully. If you are not getting along well in halls now it won’t get any better when you move in with them.
- Don’t rush into finding houses; nevertheless don’t leave it till the end.
- Go for at least two or three viewings before coming to a decision. Possibly go with a friend for a second opinion.
- Choose an accommodation with ‘character’ and also something that reflects you.
- Have a ‘good feeling’ about the house when you walk through the door.
- Have a clear idea of where you want to live whether in the city centre or on the outskirts of the ring road.
- Disperse the myth that students are untidy and hence pay no attention to where they live.
- Take into account the general cleanliness and up keep of where you choose to live.
When the difficult part of finding the perfect place is done…
- Ensure your deposit is secured.
- Keep a hard-copy of the contract agreement
- It is also advisable to keep a record or a receipt of all rent payments.
Now off you go to find the perfect abode. Good luck….