In London, it is rare to find a student or a young professional living on their own. Rents are high and paying for a room alone can cost a fortune. If ever you find a place you can afford, you may not want it because of its size or distance from your school or office. As a result, many are looking for shared housings where they can cut their accommodation expenses at least in half.
Before booking a cheap student accommodation, London residents share what you need to check to avoid regretting your decision:
Housemates and House Rules
A shared accommodation is one of the ideal places to meet new people in London. Before moving in, however, it is best to socialise with everybody–the property owner and caretakers, the residents and especially your future roommate. Find out if you share the same interests, so you will not feel left out.
Know if they have a “what is mine is yours” culture or if their residents are the type to put labels on their belongings, expecting that nobody will dare touch them. People living in shared accommodations come from different lifestyles, so better look for a place where you feel most comfortable.
Noise, Safety and the Environment
If you are a light sleeper, it is best to get a room that does not face the main street. The view may be good, but you will regret the spot during rush hour and street festivities. Avoid getting a room near the busiest parts of the accommodation, like the entrance and main hallways, as well. Even if the people passing by are not talking, the sound of their footsteps can be disturbing.
Students and young professionals do not have fixed schedules; some of them go home late because of extra-curricular activities or spending overtime at work. It is best to take note of the surroundings, both day and night, to give you peace of mind.
These are only some of the things you need to check before booking a shared accommodation. Do not let these details slide because they can be a factor to your comfort and safety.