Shared accommodation survival guide

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Written by Miss Mondo

The majority of students will spend their first year in a halls of residence or other student accommodation provided by their university. During this time your bills will usually be included in your rent and you may also be provided with food, a cleaner and security and maintenance.

After this initial year, most students will end up sharing a house or flat with other students, and things tend to get a bit more complicated. This may well be your first time renting private accommodation and there are a few things you need to watch out for to make your time in shared accommodation easier, safer and ultimately cheaper.

As a student I lived in a big hall of residence, then shared houses with 7 other girls for two years before moving in with some males friends as a 'young professional'. All of these houses were great fun but we had our share of disasters (exploding radiators, leaking toilets, the worst landlord on the history of landlords and various slug and beetle infestations), which I believe leaves me fairly qualified to write this guide and pass on my acquired knowledge. I also worked in a student letting agent when I was at college which gives me a good perspective from 'the other side of the fence' as well as insider knowledge.

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