Finding student housing that is value for money is quite tricky, but with a bit or research you should be able to get it right.
Here a few hints and tips to find that perfect balance of an inexpensive postgraduate student house that provides you with a nice place to work and relax in.
Set a budget
Knowing how much you want or need to spend on rent and bills will help when searching for accommodation on a budget, as it's the only way to judge what is or isn't good value to you. Accommodation providers Fresh Student Living provide you with a total cost including the bills making budgeting easy.
Separate out what you need from you what you want
Get a piece of paper and write down a list of all those things that you want to have in your accommodation. Now cross out everything that you think you could do without. This is the basic accommodation that you should start searching for, and any other features, such as ensuite bathrooms in every room, that might be less important. Fresh Student Living have lots of different options and are well worth a look at when you are searching for that elusive perfect postgraduate student accommodation.
Start searching as soon as you can
The good value for money accommodation will go quickly, let's face it if you can spot a good house when you see it so can lots of other postgraduate students. Once you know what you are looking for you can really get going. Have a little look at your hosuing options while you are in the application stage so you can get the search for accommodation going quickly once you know what you're doing. Fresh Student Living makes this process easy as you can check out all of the accommodation in advance online.
Consider your commute to campus
Consult with your university about where classes and tutorials are going to be once you start your postgrad program, and work out how far from campus you want to be. Plenty of good value accommodation can be found along bus routes and major roads in and out of town. The accommodation provided by Fresh Student Living is always within easy reach of the local universities, and they have the commute to all of the local campuses worked out for you, even providing buses to the universities if necessary.
How much time do you have to get your new home ready?
Do you have time before the start of term to add a lick of paint? If so, then you might find great value for money with somewhere that you can turn into a relaxing and tranquil place to study. Alternatively, if you've got no time at all Fresh Student Living helps you to arrange everything online in advance and you'll find bedding and items like lamps are available to preorder with delivery on your move in day.
What do you plan on doing outside of your studies?
Are you planning on the quiet life or would you prefer to socialise once in a while? Think about the distance to the local pub if you know you might fancy a trip there every now and again. Or choose somewhere like the accommodation provided by Fresh Student Living, they arrange social events for their residents to help you get to know your neighbours.