It’s getting to the end of the term and you’re already thinking about housing, and that’s fine. However, it’s really important that you keep calm, don’t panic and make sure you don’t rush into anything that you’re then going to be stuck with for the next year.
Firstly, the housing list comes out on Friday January 11th at 9am. For those who don’t know, the Union has a housing list called Home Run. The logo looks like this:
Home Run is a list of landlords and houses that the Union has approved, and they each have to at least meet minimum standards to be on the list. Unlike private letting agencies in the city, which will charge around £50 per person for ‘letting fees,’ Home Run is entirely free to use.
You can sign up to the Home Run site now by clicking here but the list won’t be realeased until January. That’s OK, though, you shouldn’t worry too much about getting a house until after the Winter holidays.
Average House Prices
You should be budgeting around £50 a month for bills, although this will fluctuate slightly depending on how many people you’re living with and the time of year etc. You’re not going to use as much heating in the summer, for instance.
If you get a house with bills included in the rent, there are going to be pros and cons. The pro is that you don’t have to set any of it up, and you don’t have to worry about collecting the money off your housemates. The con is that it is quite likely that your landlord will charge you top amounts for your bills; it is unlikely that they will be losing money on the deal. Another con is that you will be paying bills when you are not there, during the winter and summer months.
Places to Live
This is a map of the different areas to live in Norwich. When deciding where to live it’s important to consider what you’re going to be doing for the next year. If you have a 9-5 Uni schedule, living close to campus might be a good choice. If you’ve got a job in town, living somewhere inbetween might be a better option.
It’s a good idea to have a wander round the areas you’re considering to see if they’re for you. Try to think about bus routes, travel times and shop placement (and maybe pub placement too).
If you are a full time student, you are exempt from council tax. A copy of your exemption certificate is available from your school hub. The certificate can also be downloaded from e:Vision.
The Union Advice Centre is the expert on campus when it comes to housing. You can make an appointment to have someone look through your contract with you before you sign. If you have any worries or queries you can come in and speak about them. There will be ‘pop-up’ housing stands in the Hive from 12-2 every Tuesday and Thursday for the next few weeks so you can come ask some questions.