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How to move in smoothly in London

“Co-living must be an unforgettable experience for most international students. I hope the following The student accommodation in London experience allows everyone to have a wonderful study abroad experience.

About experience – ask Alumni
The service information on the university website and the advice given to you by the students of the same school are often more practical than the housing agency. If the alumni members have lived in it, they can also give you the most authentic living experience first-hand.
If the original tenant is living when you view the house, you can also ask him about his living experience. He must be the person who knows the advantages and disadvantages of the room best.

About the contract – all the details
Most of the contracts indicate that if the contract is terminated, the tenant needs to notify the landlord at least 1 month in advance, and some may take 2 months or 15 days, which will be clearly marked in the contract. Be careful before signing the contract Check and sign.
If some houses are in poor condition, it is recommended to take photos before moving in. Scratches on the wall, stains on the carpet, and damage to the furniture should be taken and recorded. The two parties should communicate well, otherwise it may cause disputes when checking out.

About the deposit – the British government has protection
To rent a private house in the UK, you need to pay 4-6 weeks’ rent in advance as a deposit when signing the contract. The landlord must place the deposit in the “”Tenancy Deposit Protection”” (Tenancy Deposit Protection) within 30 days of receiving the deposit. These deposit protection items are guaranteed by the British government to protect the rights and interests of tenants.
Currently certified institutions include The Deposit Protection Service My Deposits, Tenancy Deposit Scheme and Capita Tenancy Deposit Protection.

If the lease term has expired, the landlord or real estate agent must return the deposit in full, provided that the landlord’s property has not been damaged and the rent and bills have been paid on time, and it must be completed within 10 days after the end of the contract.
All About Energy Efficiency in Your Home – How It Can Affect Your Bill

Many Chinese landlords or second landlords will pay monthly bills (Bill) for tenants when they are in student accommodations, and there are also some co-renters who share monthly water and electricity consumption equally. British housing agencies are more inclined to the latter. When calculating your monthly rent for your home, don’t forget to take your monthly bills into consideration.

Students do not need to pay council tax, but they have to pay gas, electricity, broadband, and water on a daily basis. There is a TV at home and they watch live TV, and they have to pay an annual rating of 145.5 Fee (TV License).

When looking for a house, remember to check the energy saving score (EPC). The higher the score, the lower the monthly bill; the orientation of the house also determines whether the lighting is sufficient in winter, which affects the indoor temperature; if the house windows are equipped with double glazing (Double Glazing) , the effect of keeping warm is better.

About fire prevention and anti-theft – lock the door and open the window
Don’t forget to close the windows in the living room or kitchen after falling asleep. If you are worried about property theft, you can also purchase property insurance, which can insure your laptop, mobile phone, iPad, etc.

As the nature of education evolves, so will student accommodation. Offering flexible living arrangements, such as shorter-term leases or accommodation options that cater to hybrid learning models (combining in-person and online learning), will become more prevalent.

Many British houses have smoke and fire alarms in the kitchen. If the smoke is too thick or the water vapor is too large, the alarm may be triggered. You should open the windows as soon as possible to ventilate, and then press the alarm.

In some student dormitories and apartments, once the alarm sounds, everyone must go downstairs and gather in the yard, and wait for the dormitory staff to check the hidden dangers before returning, so be careful.

Solving the problem of London student accommodation is the basis of studying in the UK. Only by living comfortably can you study better. “

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