University can be a challenging time, with a lot of change. You’ll have already moved away from home, and this may have involved moving to an entirely different country. You’ll have met new people, be living with people who a few months ago were complete strangers, and adjusted to the inner workings of busy London life. But, just a few months after having gone through this massive life change, you’ll now have to consider what’s going to happen next year, if you need to move again and who you’re going to live with.
Make friends early
Most people start looking for second year accommodation quite early on, and by January you’ll find that most of the best accommodation has already gone, taken by swifter students eagerly assisted by ferocious letting agents. To do be in a position to be one of those students who get their second year accommodation organised early it’s important to get to know people quickly. You don’t want to end up with people that you regret moving in with so making sure you have a lot of people to choose from is key.
Make sure you attend all your lectures and seminars, and join a few societies and clubs. You might not choose to keep attending these extra-curricular activities in the future, but the more situations where you meet new people the better. Your best friend could be just around the corner! Making sure you meet lots of different people is also important for your development, as you grow and change as an adult.
Choose who to live with
Spending five days a week (at least) with people on your course, both at seminars and lectures and in the library, will mean your friendships grow quicker with them than people you may know from clubs and the like. This is a good thing obviously, but you may want to be careful about choosing to live with these people next year.
Though you may enjoy spending all your time with them now, chances are you’ll be spending every weekday with them next year, too. If you choose to live with these people you’ll be spending nearly every waking moment with them which can be a little trying. If you have a disagreement with one of the people you live you won’t be able to have some time to cool off if you spend all day in the same classroom with them, too.
Where you decide to live, what type of property it is and how many rooms you have in your future home depends on the amount of people you’re going to live with and how much they want to or can afford to spend on renting and bills. Some student homes don’t have a living room so this is something you’re going to have to discuss. Parking, extra bathrooms and a garden are all desirable can force the price of your rent up. Get a good idea of what everyone wants and how much they’re willing to spend before you start looking.
If, however, this all sounds like hard work to you then there’s no need to panic. If you’d much rather stay put then we understand why that would be; Urbanest accommodation is ideally situated, offering a perfect sanctuary away from the hubbub of the capital. Modern and private, our accommodation is the home away from home you need.
What else do you need to keep in mind when looking for your second year home? Let us know in the comments.