Student House Features


Furnishings

All our student houses are furnished. The bedrooms are supplied with a bed. In addition there are facilities for hanging clothes (usually a wardrobe), drawers, a desk and chair. The photographs we feature will show the furniture provided. Lounges are provided with seating. Also, there will be a cooker, washing machine, and facilities to keep food fresh, ie a fridge and a freezer, or a combined fridge freezer.

We do not specify these basic items - silence means the basics are provided. However, we will list further items not always provided, such as a dining table, tumble dryer and a dishwasher. Also, we might draw attention to multiple or enhanced features. So we may mention that there are two fridge/freezers, or a frost-free fridge freezer, or a combined washer/dryer.


Central heating



All our student houses have gas central heating. For safety reasons, often modern purpose built flats have electric heating which heat the accommodation to the same standard.


Double glazing



Almost all of our student houses are double glazed. By this we mean the windows have sealed glazing units, usually in white UPVC frames. Very occasionally there may be one or two windows in smaller rooms that are not double glazed (eg a separate toilet room). The front and rear entrance doors may not be UPVC double glazed.


For the above reasons we do not include basic furnishings, central heating or double glazing in our property descriptions. Instead, we concentrate on the features particular to the relevant property or the extra or enhanced facilities.


Rent

In many cases the same rent applies for all the rooms. Where different rates are quoted, the last line of the description, above the heading "Floor Plan" explains the different rates.

Usually student rents are paid quarterly, with the last three quarters timed to match the receipt of student loan payments. Where the tenancy starts in early summer there is an option to pay the first quarter in smaller instalments.

Where students are financed differently (eg nursing students and postgraduates) the rent can be paid monthly.


Bills - overview

Many students prefer bills inclusive as it:

     . removes the hassle of organising the collection of contributions from the group and paying suppliers;

     . avoids disagreement between those who prefer to save money as opposed to those who
       want to heat the accommodation to a more conventional level;

     . where the current tenancy is bills inclusive, means internet is available from day one; and

     . is similar to the arrangements in halls of residence.

Where we specify that all bills are included, unless otherwise stated, this covers the cost of:

     . gas;

     . electricity;

     . water and sewerage;

     . internet; and

     . television licence.

Wherever there is a bills included element, in almost all cases we show the costs in terms of per person per week (pppw) separately. The figure is based on a genuine estimate of the expected cost of the services, based on historic use for the actual house, or a similar property, and assuming sensible use of heating through winter.

As a rule of thumb the cost will be greater for properties with fewer bedrooms as the fixed elements are shared by fewer tenants.


Bills - all included

Having agreed to include bills one year, landlords usually prefer to continue with this arrangement. In much the same way that students may not relish setting up all the billing accounts themselves, landlords prefer to set the accounts up and let them run rather than change arrangements every year.

Therefore, if we state bills are included and give a rate per person per week, this is added to the rent to give a total payment.

In a few cases we may specify that bills are included, no separate figure is quoted and a larger rent inclusive figure is given.


Bills - option to include

Alternatively, where we specify that bills are available for a certain amount it is your choice whether you include them or not. In most cases this will apply where the landlord is happy to include bills but the current tenancy does not include them.


Bills - not included

Some landlords are not willing to include bills, in some cases because they do not want the hassle of paying the bills, or they fear the possibility of the facility being abused and being left with excessive payments. If you are interested in a property where we indicate bills are not available but would prefer a bills inclusive option it is worth asking, as a landlord might be persuaded to take the leap!


Available


These are the fixed start date and end date for the tenancy which usually cannot be altered. Many lets are for very slightly less than twelve months, to allow time for the property to be prepared between tenancies. If a shorter tenancy is available this will be stated.

Lounge

One of the most important features of a student house is the lounge. Although they may have a large common room, the lack of a lounge for each small group in halls of residence is one of the most common complaints. All of our properties with two or more bedrooms have a lounge. In nearly all cases this is a separate room, in a small minority of cases there may be an open plan lounge/kitchen or lounge/kitchen/diner.


Distances


The distances we give are approximate, being the shortest walking route. Some agency websites give a shorter distance assuming straight line from the property to the university. Route planning websites may suggest a longer distance assuming that you are driving and ignoring a shorter route available to cyclists and pedestrians. We recommend you also look at the map provided with each property description to compare the position with landmarks you are aware of.


Baths/showers

Here we indicate the number of separate rooms, not literally the number of facilities. Therefore, if the main bathroom has a bath and a separate shower cubicle and there is a second shower room, this would be described as two, as there are two rooms with washing facilities. An ensuite bathroom or shower room will be added to the total as it is a separate facility available in the property, even if it is reserved for one member of the group. Incidentally, it is very rare for a bath not to include a shower over it. Therefore, if the floor plans show a bathroom and shower room, in the vast majority of cases you can assume that this means two shower facilities. If this is important to you, in most cases the pictures should confirm the facilities.


Toilets

This is simply a count of the total number of toilets in the house, whether separate or included in a bathroom/shower room. A toilet in an ensuite bathroom is counted.


Reference

Whilst each listing has a unique reference number, if contacting us for further information or a viewing it helps if you give the number of bedrooms, street and reference number.


Floor plans

Floor plans are provided for guidance only and are believed to be a fair representation. However, no warranty is offered is offered in any respect, in particular that dimensions are precisely correct.


Energy Performance Certificates

Energy Performance Certificates illustrate the energy efficiency of dwellings on a scale of A-G. The most efficient homes, which should have the lowest fuel bills, are in band A. The certificate uses the same scale to define the impact a home has on the environment. Better-rated homes should have less impact through carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The average property in the UK is in bands D-E for both ratings.


Accuracy of descriptions

Whilst every effort has been made to correctly describe each property errors may arise, especially where changes are made over the passage of time. Details provided on our website are an invitation to view the relevant property, verify the facilities and decide on its suitability. In particular, the details on this website do not form part of any tenancy contract.





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