Posted on Tue 27 Nov 2018 at 12:01 by Christopher Carter
Outside of your degree, one of the biggest parts of your student journey is living in off-campus accommodation. It also has the potential to be one of the most stressful!
For some students (particularly those in their First Year of study), the expectation that you need to have your accommodation plans for next year all sewn up sooner rather than later can sometimes backfire. There are so many myths about off-campus housing – the main one being that all the good properties go first, and there won’t be any houses or rooms left. However, as you no doubt will have seen from the various ads posted on the Freshers Facebook group this term, this simply isn’t true!
There are, however, unfortunately a few unscrupulous landlords and letting agents out there who are all-too-willing to capitalise on students’ worries by offering them substandard properties or dodgy deals. We want to make sure that you don’t rush into a decision which you end up regretting later – the last thing you need when you’re juggling assessment deadlines, transport and your social life is a sagging ceiling, busted facilities or an outbreak of slugs (believe me, we’ve seen all these, and worse!)
Here at the SU, we’ve all been there ourselves and want to help! Whether you already have an idea where you want to live next year or haven’t given it a moment’s thought, make sure you pop down to HOUSING DAY 2018 in the Atrium any time this Wednesday (28th November) between 10am-3:30pm. You’ll have the chance to chat to members of our experienced SU Advice Centre team, Warwick Accommodation, local District Councils and more to help you make the right decision – you can find out more info online here: https://www.warwicksu.com/advice/housing/housing-day/
As well as being able to pick up a copy of our Looking For Accommodation Guide, make sure you come along to one of the info sessions at a quarter-past the hour (from 11am), which will contain:
- A talk about how to rent successfully, delivered by our student Housing Ambassadors
- A talk from Warwick Accommodation about how to rent from them
- A Q&A Session with me about the joys and potential pitfalls of living off-campus!
If you’re already settled in, don’t forget that we’re also looking for photos of the best (and worst!) parts of your experience. Post pictures of your Housing Horrors on social media using the hashtag #WSUHousingHorrors18, as well as pictures of what makes a Homely Home using #WSUHomelyHome18. In addition to helping your fellow students to make the right choice, the best ones will win a £5 voucher to spend in the SU’s food outlets!
And finally, if you can’t make it along tomorrow – don’t panic! You can find all the information you need about the Housing-Hunting online at the SU Advice Centre’s webpages: www.warwicksu.com/advice/housing. You can also pop in to speak to a member of the team at any point during the year.
I look forward to seeing you there!