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More benefits of choosing private student residential halls

Posted on January 25, 2016 by Ceri in Accommodation for Students, Private Halls

Here at Private Halls we have regularly stressed what the benefits of moving into private student residential halls are but there’s also a flipside when looking for student accommodation.

That’s because lots of students are looking for help and advice when it comes to inspecting a private student property.

Whereas the student who opts to live in a private halls of residence will be assured of a property that has all the mod cons, lots of facilities as well as security and comfort.

However, for those seeking private student accommodation there are a number of issues to consider which are not necessary for those moving into private halls.

The first point is that private student accommodation may not be located close to the university or to good local amenities.

In addition, there may not be any nightlife or social events taking place close by which means a student has to factor in the cost of using public transport or taxis. It should also be appreciated that some students will like a quieter area to live in. Private halls are usually found in town and city centres and close to the campus.

The next important sticking point is the question of having to pay a deposit, the administration fees for a letting agent and then factoring in utility bills and any other costs.

Moving into private student residential halls

When it comes to moving into private student residential halls, the rent will be inclusive of bills so there will be no unexpected surprises.

However, even though students do not have to pay the council tax they will have to pay electric, gas, telephone and broadband for their private property. This bill will also need to be shared out between everyone living there and everyone will have to pay their share on time.

Most private student halls of residence are modern purpose-built blocks while others are newly converted properties and the student will have their own room and their own rent to pay.

Students in private accommodation will also need to ask a variety of questions of their landlord or letting agent such as do the electric lights work? And is the water connected?

There is also a need to check for signs of damp or mould, particularly in wardrobes and cupboards and they need to ensure that the furniture and fittings are not damaged and are fire regulations compliant.

Private student halls of residence have excellent security systems

Private student halls of residence have excellent security systems and often have a manned reception desk during the day. Private student accommodation will probably not have a security system in place and possibly have a questionable lock on the front door.

Meeting a private landlord is also a good opportunity to ask questions about how quickly complaints and problems are resolved and where the tenant’s deposit is going to be kept securely (it must be held in a government registered scheme).

These are just a few of the issues that a student opting to live in private halls will not have to face because they will be signing up with a reputable accommodation provider who will strive to deliver top quality service at every level.

In addition, there are many positives to living in private student halls and they include extra facilities such as games and TV rooms, study areas and communal areas to meet friends and almost all of them are modern, well equipped homes.


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