Renting in Leeds, lessons from a senior
The first thing you need to do when studying in Leeds is to sort out your leeds student accommodation, which can be time-consuming and labour-intensive, but you should not be sloppy and neglect every detail. If you have no experience, you may need to do some homework in advance, and the real-life experiences of your fellow students will give you a lot of inspiration and warning. Here’s a quick overview of renting in Leeds.
How to find a flat
All the major newspapers have a listings section with detailed information, similar to that in China, usually in the form of a classifieds page with brief information about the property by location and some with photos.
There is also a lot of information on websites, so you just have to enter the postcode of the place you want to live in, and you can choose a price range that you think is reasonable, and the search engine will automatically list the properties that fit the criteria.
As a student, you can also contact your school’s Housing Office to request a Housing List. This list is provided free of charge by the University’s Student Accommodation Office, as the University is responsible for resolving all accommodation issues for international students, if they do not apply for student accommodation. It usually lists the exact location of the house, the bus and tube stations near the house and the price of the house, and of course the contact details of the landlord.
BBS for studying in the UK at home
Some students also find rental information on the Study in the UK forums in China. There are some graduating international students who will post their housing information on BBS, and most of these houses are due in August or September.
Steps to see a flat
Find a house from the Housing List given by your school’s Housing Office. Check the bus map and circle the houses within two bus stops of the school first, then compare the rent. The principle is that if you don’t pay for utilities, it must be cheaper than the school’s student accommodation Leeds. Once you have decided which properties you would like to see, you can call the landlord on the list of properties, explain where you got the information about the property for rent, indicate to the landlord that you are interested in seeing the property, and make an appointment to meet with the landlord. The landlord will ask for details when you call, such as where you are from, where you are studying, how many people are there and so on. Once you have agreed a time with the landlord, it is time to see the property.
Once you have decided on a property, you will need to sign a contract with the landlord. There are a number of websites in the UK that offer rental contracts, so it’s a good idea to check them out when signing the contract. The contract will spell out the landlord’s obligations and the renter’s obligations, so be sure to read it carefully before signing. The landlord will also produce a list of all the furniture in the room and the extent to which it is new or old. Please make sure that you check the list and the furniture carefully before signing.