Right in the middle of the summer holidays, we shouldn’t be thinking about University, right? Because we’ve got approximately a month and a half left of freedom... we can do whatever we want. University is the one thing that you aren’t thinking about. Except, what if you still haven’t gotten your accommodation sorted? Whilst most people will have sorted it out quite a while ago; there are still a lot of you who will have put a deposit down on a property, but have a spare room. Generally, the rule with these things is you either find someone who wants the room, or the rest of you (the tenants) have to chip in to pay the extra rent. So therefore, it’s best if you find a new housemate ASAP... ‘but how?’ you may ask. Well, here’s how...
1. Log on to AFS!
Yes, we’re good to you. So good in fact, we have a whole section on our website where you can post an advert publicising your house/room – just click on the ‘find housemates’ link on our homepage. Simply fill in the details (address, housemates already there, amenities); plus a little bit about yourself and what you like to do, and hopefully, you’ll have people enquiring in no time!
If you don’t want to just sit around and wait for something to happen, you can be even more proactive on our site. We have another section under ‘find a housemate’ that allows students to advertise themselves, who are looking for a room. Have a read through, see how much rent they are willing to pay, where they are looking to live etc; and you can always recommend your property to them.
2. Meet up with your potential housemate
Before you jump straight into things, it’s best to meet up with the person who is interested in your spare room beforehand... kind of like an interview, but not as formal. Somewhere like a coffee shop is a good place to meet because it’s social, but there’s no pressure. The most important thing to suss out is whether this person seems trustworthy enough to firstly be able to afford the rent, and secondly, actually pay it on time. Once you’ve figured out the boring bits, have a chat and see if you actually get on with them. This person could potentially be living with you; so you want to feel comfortable around them but be able to have a laugh. If you don’t see yourself living with this person, then be honest – let them know, so they can carry on searching elsewhere, and so can you.
3. Live happily ever after
You’ve found a person who would be the perfect housemate... great! Now you need to seal the deal. The landlord/letting agent who you signed the contract with may have already given you some information on what to do when you’ve managed to fill the property, but if not, give them a call. Generally, you will have to go to the letting agent and your future housemate will have to sign the same contracts you did, as well as handing in their deposit. After that, it’s official – and you’ll have filled your room!
Maybe you think all of this sounds like quite a lot of hassle that you don’t really want to deal with, but trust me – it’s worth spending a bit of extra time finding a reliable and friendly housemate that you’ll all get on with. And even though you may think summer is a time for doing nothing; it’s actually a very good time for finding a housemate, because you don’t have any work or deadlines to think about; and it means that come September, you won’t be paying extra rent.
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