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Tips to Find Your First Student House in Leeds

Looking for Leeds student accommodation can be a stressful experience, particularly if you're moving away from home for the first time or studying in a new country. However, if you bear a few things in mind on your search, and remember that as a student renter you have the same rights as any other private tenant, you could soon be on your first step to a great year at uni.

The majority of landlords you'll meet will be open and honest about the property you're moving into, but it's still a good idea to be observant when you're being shown round a house or flat. Look for signs of damp, such as dark patches on the walls and flaking paint, as well as indicators of pests like mouse droppings or slug trails. There should be plenty of plug sockets to go around and your landlord should be able to show you a valid Gas Safety Certificate.

Security is also an issue that is often overlooked by students, which is why they are so frequently targeted by burglars. Make sure the windows are all lockable and there is a five-bar mortice lock on each external door - a security grate and burglar alarm are also great assets for keeping out intruders.

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Getting Smart about Money: The Student Budget

If you are considering London as a study-abroad destination, be prepared for a high cost of living that does not stop rising. Since London's soaring prices will affect every aspect of your lifestyle, it is a good idea to plan a budget and maximize savings so you are less financially constrained and can enjoy all the fun stuff that London offers as well. Here are some tips based on my own experience:


Accommodation in student halls tends to be the cheapest option. If you are considering renting a private property, notice that the value of real estate rises as you go towards the center of London, Zone 1. As you leave the center, Zone 3 properties are significantly more affordable.


If you do not live in a student residence hall, where you will usually have access to cheap meal services, then you will want to be selective when purchasing groceries. Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda chains are cheaper than their Waitrose and Marks & Spencer counterparts. Buying online also gives you access to a wider range of products and discounts.


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