Comment: What to do if you still haven’t found a house?

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If you haven’t found a house yet, I have one piece of big information, do not panic. There is a housing surplus in Bath for students and you genuinely do not have to worry, not even I have found a house for next year yet for when I return to studies, so you really have nothing to worry about.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The current rhetoric around students and housing is that you have to rush and get a house as soon as possible, however, getting locked into a contract before seven months before the start date increases the chance of having problems. For instance if a housemate you signed a contract with drops out you have a spare room free that you know have to pay for yourself. Landlords and letting agents have an interest in renting their properties so will always apply pressure to sign early, it’s important to understand this and know that it is more important to get a house you like than get a house early.

If you have yet to get a house there are still lots of properties available bathstudentpad.co.uk/Accommodation so will still be able to find a property you like. Housing standards are still bad, with sixty percent of houses having mould or condensation problems and around a quarter have infestation problems of some kind. Ensuring you have a house that is of a good standard should be high on the priority list.

If you are still to find housemates, there is an online forum on student pad that will allow you to find people needing to fill rooms (or you can use it to fill a spare room if you have one). Or you can come to the Advice and Representation Centre on level 3 of the student centre where we will have a notice board for you to put up your details if you want to find a house with other people.

Us in the SU are here to help as much as you need it. If you encounter any problems please email our advisors on suadvice@bath.ac.uk.

Remember, there are plenty of houses and take your time, last year I got a house in March and lived in an amazing property right on the university bus route.

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Tommy Parker is Editor-in-Chief (2016/17) and former Students' Union Community Officer (2014/15). He writes about gaming, equality issues and the University of Bath.

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