Student Guide to Renting

So, you’ve lived in halls and want to move on to bigger and better things? Or you don’t fancy the twenty-people-to-one-kitchen-and-bathroom scenario? Then consider renting through a lettings agency.

Location, Location, Location

It’s a cliché, but the area you choose to live in is probably the most important factor in choosing a rental property. After all, it’s going to be your home for the next year. As a student renter, you need to balance a few things out; you want to think about safety, but the more upmarket the area, the higher the rents are. You want to be near to the university, but perhaps also to the nightlife and shops. Think really carefully and research the part of the city, town or village that you are considering moving into, because once you sign that contract, it’s too late to change your mind. If your parents are helping you to pay your rent, then agree a budget with them and visit a few local lettings agencies to see what is on offer; any good agent should be able to recommend areas and properties which match the most important criteria on your property wishlist.

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Bike Theft Increases Insurance Concerns

Bike thefts are becoming increasingly common as thieves cash in on those who have dumped their cars, for more eco-friendly cycles.

Figures released last year by Halifax Home Insurance showed that a bike was stolen somewhere in the UK every 71 seconds. A total of 440,000 bikes were stolen last year and there is an increasing worry that the figures for 2007 will be higher still when released next month.

This is because local authority police figures in many areas are showing an increase in thefts across the board. Government figures for Hertfordshire for example have increased by 30 per cent since 2001, with reports of similar increases in Lancashire, Essex, Somerset and Cambridgeshire to list a few. Loughborough is one of the few places in the country to have reported a fall in bike thefts, with a drop of 20% from 2006.

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