There's loads of helpful information online from the Accommodation Office.
You can also read this helpful guide that gives advice on looking for, living in and leaving accommodation (pdf).
Myth: There are not enough properties in Canterbury to house all the students.
Fact: There is a good surplus of housing in Canterbury that can more than cater for all student needs.
- Start looking in January – this is when the University and Kent Union hold their annual housing fair. This is a really valuable event, giving you advice and a chance to meet local landlords.
- Search accredited properties. Landlords that are accepted on the accreditation scheme have agreed to meet standards that go beyond the minimum legal compliance. You’re less likely to have problems with these landlords and you have additional support if you do.
- Don’t go alone to viewings. Not only for your safety but for a second opinion. It’s also a good idea to ask the agent or tenant to look around the accommodation with you. If someone can’t come with you take photos – in fact – take photos anyway!
- Ask lots of questions at your viewings. Ask if bills are included and try to have a chat with the current tenants and neighbours.
- Make sure the property ticks all the boxes on Home Stamp's checklist.
- Be realistic – don’t take on more than you can afford.
- Know your rights – if you need advice you can ask the Accommodation Office or Kent Union.
- Note any faults and request that the agent/landlord confirms that these will be fixed in writing.
- Think carefully before signing on the dotted line. Once you have it’s very hard to get out of the contract if you have second thoughts.
- Don’t give out your bank or personal details over the internet. Only give this information to your landlord or agent once you have met them in person, viewed the accommodation and decided to go with it. And make sure you get a receipt.