If you are trying to decide between renting a room in a house or living in private student accommodation, this is the blog for you! We have put together our top five reasons why you should choose private student accommodation (PSA) over private rented housing (PRH).
1. Fixed Price
Choosing private rented housing could mean that you will often be faced with unexpected charges, from a maintenance bill or insurance costs, to an extra cleaning fee when your contract terminates. This means the total sum that appears on the contract may not be the amount that you end up paying at each instalment. With PSA like iQ, you’ll know exactly how much you’re paying each month as there will be no variations, making it easier for you to budget.
Arguments over bills or how long to have the heating on for during the winter months tend to be a constant when it comes to student houses. At iQ, we offer all inclusive bills and free Wi-Fi, so you’ll be saving a considerable amount of money as well as not having to go through the hassle of managing multiple bills with different flatmates or having to choose an internet provider, setting the service up and repairing it if faulty.
3. Safety and Security
One of the possible disadvantages of choosing to rent a room in PRH is the lack of security. Most of the time private rented student houses aren’t in central locations and have minimal safety features. At iQ we look after your safety; we provide 24-hour onsite staff presence, CCTV cameras which are operated 24/7 and secure fob access to make sure unknown people are not accessing the property.
If it’s ever happened to you, you know how much of a nightmare it can be to live with mould on your walls, a shower that leaks or a cooker that doesn’t heat up properly. A frequent complaint about private rented housing is their slow response to fixing maintenance problems. With iQ, you don’t have to worry about sorting these problems out. Not only do we guarantee high quality living, in the unlikely event that there is a fault all you’ll have to do is log it onto our online portal and we will do our best to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
5. Social life
A huge part of the university experience is social life, all the friends that you will meet and the great times that you will share together. If you choose private housing, you might miss out on all the new friends you could be making at iQ! If you already know who you want to live with, you could book a flat together and still have the opportunity to meet new people at our social spaces and regular events; so whether you want to live with friends or make new ones, we have a wide variety of shared flats with your own bathroom and studios/apartments for you to choose from. All our staff are here to help you and make sure that you get placed in the best room for you! Most of our properties have cinema rooms, free fully equipped gym (no membership needed!), study rooms and lounges, so you’ll have plenty of space to relax with your new friends.
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