St Aidan's JCR

A Guide to Durham Housing

When you choose to live out, there are many options to consider: location, prices, with or without bills, housemates... the list goes on. Hopefully this section will assist you with this.

Where

Claypath

Elvet/Hallgarth/Church Street

Gilesgate

Neville's Cross

Viaduct

Whinney Hill

Top 5 Tips

Make sure you read the contract!

There may be some things you particularly need to be watch out for, such as paying from July onwards (most do), move-in date. Don’t get caught out. It’s also a good idea to submit a copy to the Student’s Union to get it checked out by their team — if you take a hard copy to Dunelm house (Student Union building), they can check it and return it to you in 48 hours.

Think carefully about who you want to live with, and where

Things to consider: habits, cleanliness, bed and waking up times, noise levels, cooking together or not, whether you want to live close to the library/town/college/where you have your lectures/Maiden Castle. Also think about the number of people you want to live with, and the availability of houses which have this number of bedrooms. Don’t live with people just because they’ve asked you first — there are plenty of opportunities to find house mates later on in the term, and during next term.

Ask the landlord important questions

Are bills included? Is there any damp in the house? Can I see gas and electricity certificates? Are there any planned works on the house? What’s on the inventory? How much is the deposit? Are they a private landlord or part of a letting agency? If possible, see if you can speak to a current tenant to find out what their experiences of the landlord are. Don’t be pushed by any landlords or letting agents: they want to rent their houses as quickly as possible! Don’t feel like you have to rush into anything.

Try and make sure everyone views the house you're interested in

That way, you can be sure it’s what everyone wants, and there won’t be any arguments. It’s also useful to view a number of properties, so you can find out which one is right for you.

Stay calm!

Remember that no matter what, you will always be able to find somewhere to live next year, with people you are happy to live with. If you're feeling worried, or have any questions, you can contact the Senior Welfare Officer ([email protected]) or Communities Officer ([email protected]), or contact the Student Union Advice Service ([email protected]).

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