This option is better if you already have friends or family in Leeds and you wish to share a house together. Contracts are usually for 6-12 months minimum and you might need somebody to act as a guarantor (e.g. a parent or guardian).
Things to remember
If you are hoping to rent your own place, it is very important that you make sure it is right for you before signing any contract or agreement.
Most landlords and estate agents require a contract of at least 6 months so it is important you know what is involved before signing anything.
The following list includes important factors to be considered:
What types of people live in the surrounding area? If you are renting with your family you might prefer a more family-friendly area rather than lots of students.
Do you feel comfortable and safe there?
How close is the property to the local shops, supermarkets, bus routes or schools?
Extra costs such as TV License and Council Tax, can you really afford it?
Will the property be cheap to heat and light? Are there meters for your water, gas and electricity? How do you pay for this?
Does the property look to be in good condition? A property that looks dirty or in a bad condition with broken things can mean that you could have problems in the future.
Make sure there are smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
Make sure that your landlord is registered with the Landlord Deposit scheme.
Check on what furniture and cooking utensils are included. Is contents insurance included?
Do not make any quick decisions, as it can be difficult to get out of a contract once it has been signed. Give yourself time to think about it and look at a few properties before making a final decision.
You may be required to pay extra Council Tax. Please speak to a member of staff at the school if you privately rent a property and have questions about council tax or other extra charges.