How To Find The Best Student Property In Brighton

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Finding The Best Student Property In Brighton

With two universities and five colleges, Brighton and Hove are both popular student areas to live. Hove is sometimes considered the more attractive of the two. With plenty of period properties and green spaces on offer, not to mention a great beach.

If you’re studying near Brighton and looking for accommodation, here’s a guide on how to locate the best properties on the market.

What are your priorities?

In an ideal world, you’ll want a house that’s close to Hove station, the beach, the town, and which offers a high standard of décor throughout. However, unless you’ve got a limitless budget, this probably won’t be achievable. Identify what your priorities are, as this will help to guide your search.

Who will you be living with?

If you’re planning to move in with friends, you’ll need to have a firm idea of how many bedrooms you’ll need. Plus what sort of living space you’ll require. If you’re ‘going solo’ and want to rent a room in a shared house, it’s a good idea to consider how many people you want to live with. Six other housemates ensure that the house is always lively, but can feel a little chaotic at times!

Know the areas

Before you start viewing properties, have a stroll through Hove and get to know the different areas. The seafront, particularly places like Brunswick Terrace, are wonderful for those who love sea views. Locations like these you’ll find some beautiful period properties for rent. However, if you’d prefer to roll out of bed as late as possible each morning, you might prefer to live closer to the train station. For example, somewhere like Tisbury Road, Norton Road or Easton Gardens.

Click here for Sussex Universities guide on arears to live and transport links,

Getting the Lowdown

Before signing the contract, it’s imperative to view the property first, and ask all the right questions. When you’re looking around, think about the following:

Is there enough space?

Can the house comfortably accommodate you and your fellow housemates? Are there desks for each to work at? Is there any outdoor space? It’s not vital to have a garden, but it’s a nice extra, especially during the warmer months.

How does the rent compare?

Make sure you’re not paying above the odds. A reputable Hove letting agent will only work with landlords that operate fairly. If you’re unsure, it’s a wise idea to browse property portals to check the price is the right amount per month.

Be aware that you might not be the only one

Competition for student accommodation in Hove is usually fierce, so we recommend making a good first impression. If possible, view the property as a group rather than on your own. The landlord will feel more comfortable meeting all potential tenants at once.

Check out the neighbours

Hove is a great area to live in, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t suffer from the occasional problematic neighbour. Recycling bins overflowing with beer bottles might indicate a house of late-night ravers next door. Nappies may suggest a family with a crying baby, which might cause problems when you’re trying to revise! Assess the neighbouring properties with an appraising eye.

For students looking for more information on renting a property click here.

Which type of accommodation is best for you?

When starting to search for accommodation it is important you understand what is going to be the best accommodation for you. Most students will have various different types of options such as;

Halls of residence.

These are normally owned and managed by the university and are generally only let out to first year students. They are a great way to adjust if you have been living at home and you want new friends. They often have a variety of options including catered as well as self-catered and ensuite. Some have shared bathrooms and some have common rooms but it just depends what you are looking for. They can range quite wildly in price.

House/flat share.

This can be one of the most common types of private accommodation for students after their first year. You can rent a property with friends so you can be with people you know all the time. Harringtons Lettings have one of the largest selection of properties from 1 bedroom flats, double rooms all the way through to house shares. With various different houses to rent in great locations.

Private hauls of residence.

There seems to be a lot more private hauls of residence especially in the Brighton and Hove area. These are often either owned by the university or a private supplier such as Unison. They are generally more expensive but have a higher level of amenities for students. They could have for instance restaurants/bars near by and gyms on site. Often they will have a concierge who will be able to help you. Contracts often vary from 40 weeks to 52 weeks and as they are independent you will be sharing with a diverse mixture of people from all types of universities. It is a perfect place for meeting new people and the rents can differ dramatically.

Rent a room in a private house.

You can often private adverts where you can rent a room where the landlord currently lives. It may not be the ideal accommodation you are looking for during your university days but sometimes it can be a useful stop gap option. You may have left it too late to look for private rented accommodation therefore it is another option.

It is important you know what type of accommodation you are looking for before you start your search.

When to start to looking for accommodation.

This is very much down to the individual person and in reality there is not one right answer. We have always found that every person is different but the earlier you look the more likely you will get exactly what you want. The benefit of looking early allows you to ensure you get accommodation in a location you want at the price you want. There is a wider option also. The longer you leave it and whilst you may still be able to find a property to live in. It might not have such a wide range choice and you may have to compromise on various parts.

You may find that there are other types of accommodation you can search for not just student accommodation.

New to university?

If you are a new applicant to university then you will often be offered accommodation with application this can be finalised when your offer is confirmed. If you are a late applicant or gain your place through clearing it is still likely you can be offered some form of accommodation depending if it is all rented out or not.

However, the later it is the less likely the desirable option.

First year students.

You will notice many people will start looking for accommodation as early as October or November. We often have the first few enquiries in late October beginning of November and they become earlier every year. We find the feedback from students is that the best properties go at the best price very early. You will often find that universities suggest holding off till at least January or February but there is no guarantee you will find what you want at the right price. Obviously, it is totally a matter for you.

How to save time by narrowing down your options.

You have now decided on what type of accommodation you are looking for and want to start your search. There are three most important criteria;

Price.

It may sound simple but the amount of rent you want to pay is ultimately going to pay a key role in your accommodation search. There is a going to be a wide variety of options here as the cost of rent can very significantly depending on the type of accommodation you chose and its location. There is no weekly standard rent as most areas fluctuate on a regular basis dependant on supply and demand.

There is no rule of thumb it is just something you need to look at. Obviously, the bigger the budget the nicer the property and potentially the better location.

Location.

We understand that most tenants that location is the most important aspect of their accommodation. However, they split into two different groups. Generally some students want to live close to the place they are studying at so they can walk to class each day. We have some fantastic properties to rent near the universities. House shares are often a bit further away and may involve a short ride or bus journey to the class. What they are looking for is something a bit more vibrant and attractive like the town centre. However, everyone is different.

Amenities.

Most students are looking for a high speed, high quality broadband in the area as well as the standard basic such as a bed, table, wardrobe etc. Every property has a different level and quality of amenity and this can also be relevant to your budget. You might pay more where there are private hauls that offer gyms, cinema rooms and private bars. That is totally a matter for you.

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Cat Westmacott
Cat Westmacott
17:57 10 Jun 24
Generally helpful for Lettings. As with any company, sometimes need a push for a response, but often easier to speak on the phone than email. Feeling hopeful for the next year’s contract with Harringtons🤞.
Kirsty Turner
Kirsty Turner
20:50 04 Jun 24
Great experience. Everyone is so lovely and helpful over the phone at Harringtons! The best experience we have had with a letting agent in Brighton, none of the other agents in Brighton have been bothered to keep in touch and help us find a property as much as these guys. A special shoutout to the lovely lady who showed me around the flat (Georgie I believe -sorry if I got that wrong), great at answering all my questions and been very lucky in securing the first property we viewed with her (an amazing spacious flat that has everything we need - including nice storage space for our paddleboards!) Looking forward to moving into our seaside home. Thank you!
Shadan B
Shadan B
23:31 30 May 24
Great experience, very helpful staff and friendly. I wish you all the success. Thanks for your care. 💐😊
Rachel Roberts
Rachel Roberts
21:13 30 May 24
Best experience I've had with a letting agent!
Charley Besant
Charley Besant
10:25 30 May 24
So far the process with Harringtons has been amazing. We viewed 3 properties with Georgie and each time she was so informative and kind, she gave us the time we needed in each property to look around, take videos and ask questions about everything. The whole process has been easy so far and I can now happily say we found our property thanks to Georgie and the team at Harringtons.
Ainhoa Negro
Ainhoa Negro
09:15 30 May 24
Georgie at Harringtons Lettings in Brighton has been exceptional throughout my rental process. From the very beginning, her professionalism and friendliness stood out. She provided clear and prompt communication, ensuring all my questions were answered thoroughly. Georgie made the entire experience seamless, from viewing properties to finalizing the paperwork. Her attention to detail and genuine care for my needs made me feel confident and supported. I highly recommend Georgie and Harringtons Lettings to anyone looking for a top-notch rental experience in Brighton.
PRBL1
PRBL1
09:11 30 May 24
Joel Starcross
Joel Starcross
15:22 29 May 24
Beth has been an excellent agent, great communicator and enthusiastic member of the team. Highly recommended!
Jess Pond
Jess Pond
13:16 29 May 24
Had an absolutely awful experience with this company. Told me one thing on the phone and then told me another thing on email. Very mixed messages. Left 7 students homeless by putting the house back on the market with only 24 hour notice. Will never use them again. AVOID!
Roisin Lilley
Roisin Lilley
11:42 24 May 24
I recently had some problems with my previous agent and came to Beth for help! She took over the correspondence for me and sorted everything out for me! I can’t thank her enough for her patience and help!! I’d highly recommend her to other landlords that need help!
Chris Lilley
Chris Lilley
11:26 24 May 24
I’ve been a tenant with Harringtons Lettings for a while, they are great, they always sort out any issues I have quickly and efficiently, Beth in particular is really helpful and I’ll be going to her for my next rental property when I look to move in September!
Georgina Palzeaird
Georgina Palzeaird
11:21 24 May 24
Beth Roberts was a huge help when I needed to switch to a new letting agency. She was friendly and efficient and I’ve always felt I’m in safe hands.
Eliya Halim
Eliya Halim
10:26 24 May 24
Top service
Maryana Atiya
Maryana Atiya
10:20 24 May 24
Rees Harper
Rees Harper
17:53 21 May 24
Lauryn Keller
Lauryn Keller
15:20 03 May 24
Georgie was great on our viewing - super lovely, informative and honest. Thank you!
Sammi Richmond
Sammi Richmond
09:16 24 Apr 24
Well, they just contacted me via email asking for a review for money... so here, I guess.Does 3 stars get me that tenner? Probably not. Nothing terrible to say, but never had any issues with the property really. Don't enjoy that they were willing to pay for reviews though, seems sketchy.UPDATE: As the business has finally replied to my review 6 years later, I thought I would mention that I indeed have the email still as proof. Offer of £10 for a review, and to mention Rachel Erridge in the review. Also a prize of £200 to one lucky winner. The email was sent from the Harrington's admin email address. I can email the proof to whoever requests it.
Jayden Charles-Frempong
Jayden Charles-Frempong
01:20 18 Apr 24
Every interaction I've had so far with Harrington has been positive with workers responding to calls very quickly and addressing any queries efficiently.
severin severinov
severin severinov
10:05 11 Apr 24
It is very good that they do their job professionally and take care of the customers.
kate quick
kate quick
13:15 09 Apr 24
I am very happy and extremely grateful to have found Harringtons lettings and the beautiful flat that I am now living in. Not only is the flat perfect for me, ticks all the boxes and is in a great location; the whole communication/admin process was so fast and efficient. I spoke to many of the team, but the two main contacts initially were Georgie and Beth. Great personalities, friendly and fast at replying to emails and phone calls. It was all turned around very quickly and everyone at Harringtons seems to appear to really be happy in their jobs. Great letting agent and I would recommend them to others looking for a new home.
Michael Hollamby
Michael Hollamby
12:32 09 Apr 24
Having worked with many many lettings it has been refreshing to deal with such a dynamic and energetic team. From start to finish the team have outstanding. Special mention to Beth who has been fantastic. I can thoroughly recommend using Harringtons.
Celyn James
Celyn James
17:08 27 Mar 24
Great experience, Georgie was so knowledgeable and kind with any enquiries I had. Really put me at ease while house hunting, amazing service thank you so much!!
Madison Harris
Madison Harris
14:29 27 Mar 24
Georgie was so helpful and really kind very appreciative x
Amber-Rose Cook
Amber-Rose Cook
08:58 22 Mar 24
easy to use and navigate as a first time user
Buffy Vaughn
Buffy Vaughn
18:06 21 Mar 24
Harringtons have been so helpful so far. Everyone we’ve spoken to on the phone including Georgie have been so warm and receptive and easy to communicate with. As a couple renting together for first time me & Danny couldn’t have found better people to help us out, they’re clear and concise. We discovered them through Rightmove and would highly recommend anyone to use their services to rent with.Thanks guys!Buffy & Danny
Sajan Raja
Sajan Raja
01:48 21 Mar 24
Kerryn Johnson
Kerryn Johnson
16:58 18 Mar 24
Georgie was absolutely amazing! Very helpful, easy to talk to and all in all an absolute sweetheart. Made the process of renting and finding a property less stressful. Always happy to help and lovely to chat to!Thank you again for everything!
Julia Reinstein
Julia Reinstein
11:22 18 Mar 24
5/5 - Everyone I’ve spoken to on the phone has been so friendly and patient with our move in documents. We found Harringtons through Rightmove, and have been really happy with our interactions. The team respond to queries efficiently and are happy to answer any and all questions.
Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown
07:09 15 Mar 24
A really excellent agency, who are very easy and friendly to deal with. Highly recommended.
Rob Rainbird
Rob Rainbird
18:04 13 Mar 24
Lovely staff and all round positive experience - Georgie is an absolute diamond and a credit to the team!
Tori Tor
Tori Tor
11:15 08 Mar 24
Harringtons have been really helpful and very swift with their responses. Georgie was very proffesional and really friendly when she did the viewings with me and Beth on the phone was again really helpful and gave me hope when I was explaining my eagerness to find somewhere new to live. Thanks Harringtons!
christos papanicolaou
christos papanicolaou
09:33 07 Mar 24
Staff were brilliant. Very helpful
Yasmin Bright
Yasmin Bright
20:54 01 Mar 24
I'm in a difficult situation at the moment with my landlord wanting to sell the flat that myself and my 3 children have been living in for 7 years. I came across Harringtons Viewings by applying to view some properties outside of my area.Unfortunately I haven't been able to sort anything with Harringtons, however I wanted to write this to say that they have been nothing but kind, warm and very understanding of my situation. I've been really impressed by their customer service (namely Georgie & Beth) and hope that they are able to find me something eventually!Thanks so much.Yasmin
Tegan
Tegan
17:30 22 Feb 24
Have been very accommodating and helpful when calling agents. They have been very helpful in being able to secure a house for students.
TheFlyingCrocodile
TheFlyingCrocodile
16:42 21 Feb 24
Went above and beyond to get things sorted for me
Brittany Stace
Brittany Stace
11:18 24 Jan 24
Harringtons have been incredibly helpful and supportive of us as new renters and they have been super efficient in getting all of the documents sent through and signed in such a short period of time. Thank you!
Georgie Prebble
Georgie Prebble
20:36 05 Jan 24
Jade Innes
Jade Innes
10:24 04 Jan 24
So far the service has been good. The staff are very friendly and quick to respond to any questions and requests.
Polly Smith
Polly Smith
11:17 28 Dec 23
we chose this letting agents as they chose a good bills company that is much cheaper than other agents. When viewing houses the staff were very friendly and have been very helpful in answering our questions and making the process as easy as possible.
Emma Howe
Emma Howe
16:06 14 Nov 23
I would rate Harringtons Lettings a 5/5. Very lovely on the phone and very quick and easy to communicate with via email. Any problems have been resolved in no time at all. So far so good!I found Harringtons via Rightmove.
Akwisitions Feedback
Akwisitions Feedback
16:25 30 Oct 23
Very responsive and super helpful throughout the process. Highly recommended!
Chloe Ballard
Chloe Ballard
17:28 02 Oct 23
Although I have only been renting with Harringtons for a short period of time, I have had nothing but a positive experience. From viewing to admin updates. The admin team especially are very polite and quick to respond and I have no doubt that the rest of my tenancy will run smoothly. I would recommend to anyone considering renting in brighton.
Matthew Ball
Matthew Ball
11:46 19 Sep 23
Professional communication with tenant although entirely impersonal. There was a bigger disconnect in their communication with the landlord in most cases, which seemed to be either slow or non-existent (discovered after contacting the landlord directly).Property was full of spider webs on day 1 despite apparently being professionally cleaned. Took a day off of work to clean it on move out day, leaving it cleaner than when it received but still had to pay part of the deposit for professional cleaning.It has been a while since I have rented, but I'll avoid letting agencies completely now if this is anything close to the average renting experience.
Ronan SK
Ronan SK
12:38 12 Sep 23
Great professionalism/communciation from the start up until the end of my tenancy. Definitely set the standards for what agencies should be like. Highly recommend to those within Brighton.
Daniel Sutton
Daniel Sutton
10:29 24 Aug 23
I have rented with Harringtons Lettings before and have always found the agents to be quick, efficient, friendly and helpful. I loved their service so much I have chosen to rent with Harringtons again. Faultless 😊
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