The great house hunt

Oliver Cubitt

Faculty: Medical Science
Course: BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
Category: Allied and public health

16 July 2015

This post is not about my placement as a student paramedic but in fact is about something that most first year students, including myself have been through this year – the hunt for a place to live in second year!

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In all honesty, the process of finding a house has been one of the more stressful things I’ve had to do this year – and so here are some (possibly) helpful tips for when it comes to your turn to find somewhere to live with.

  1. Who are you going to live with: remember you will possibly be living with these people for the next two years. At one point there were seven of us looking for a house together; however, it was thought that this could be too much of a good thing.
  2. Work out what people are willing to pay before arranging viewings for houses that are out of your price range.
  3. Start looking early: good properties do go quickly so get lots of viewings in as soon as you know what size/location you want your house to be.
  4. Don’t go for the first house you find without looking at others first.
  5. With that in mind also don’t sit around waiting for ‘the perfect house’ and miss out on some equally good properties that don’t quite meet your criteria of number of en-suites or size of garden.
  6. Check the tenancy dates: for those studying trimester based courses like paramedic science and nursing this reduces the number of houses greatly. This is because many student houses are let from late September but we needed one from mid-July.
  7. Does the landlord allow students: obvious really, when you think about it.

Despite making a few of these mistakes early on, we did manage to find a house which we move in to next week. I will be living with three other student paramedics and cannot wait to be living with like-minded people (who understand that you need to sleep after a 12-hour night shift!).

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