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.
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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.
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;
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.
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.
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.