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Don't rush to rent!

By hannahk 08 Nov 2023

Feeling rushed to sign up for a house next year or feeling unsure on what your options are? Liverpool Student Homes are here to help you take your first steps in the initial search for housing, whenever that might be!

In first semester you might hear of others signing up to housing contracts for next year. Naturally you might feel like you should be doing the same, but rest assured that there is so much housing in Liverpool that there is no rush to rent. Last year, Liverpool Student Homes advertised 19,322 bed spaces and 6,208 houses and flats for students to choose from so as you can see there is so much availability!

You might hear rumours that accommodation is running out and there will be none left if you leave it any later. Don't be pressured into securing accommodation too early, these rumours are not true. Liverpool is home to lots of student accommodation so there is no need to worry about not having options.

The earlier you sign for your accommodation, the more chance you have of experiencing problems. For example, you might find that you are not as close with your soon-to-be roomies but have a signed agreement that you can’t cancel. Plus rent levels can sometimes be higher the earlier you look - be sure to do your research and of the area and the average rent costs. To give you an idea, on average you'd be looking at £90-£130 with bills or some bills in the likes of Smithdown Road.

Wherever you are up to in your housing search, it's important to remind yourself that everyone's journey in finding housing is different and starts at different times. The right time to sign up for a housing contract is when you feel ready and prepared. 

What are your options for next year?

Don't forget that University of Liverpool has Halls for returning undergraduates which means that you could live with us again next year. Find out more here or get in touch with the Accommodation Team

Your other option is to go for private accommodation. It can be a little daunting to think about the search for housing but doing it through Liverpool Student Homes  (LSH) gives you the reassurance that you're signing up to a contract with an accredited accommodation provider. Landlords who sign up with LSH must sign up to LSH's standards which offer you a high degree of protection and a complaints procedure in case anything goes wrong.

Using the simple search tool on Liverpool Student Homes' website, you can search for the right home for you in seconds. Liverpool Student Homes will release their properties for 2024/25 on 1st December but you can check out the website in the meantime to familiarise yourself! 

Join the Halls Community Fair on Thursday 23rd November where Liverpool Student Homes will be offering Housing Talks, answering your questions and will be giving advice on all things housing! Don't miss out, register for the Halls Community Fair here.

On 30th November, there is the Housing Fair ran by Liverpool Student Homes, 11am-3pm in Mountford Hall, Guild of Students. It’s an opportunity for you to research your accommodation options for next year by browsing the stalls, chatting with accommodation providers and picking up some freebies. You can take your time to have a look and there is no obligation or pressure to sign up for any tenancies

Click here for tips on finding the perfect home for you!