Top tips for students looking for the perfect student pad.

Exams have finished, the sun is out, and the ice-cream van has become an almost permanent feature in Botanic Gardens…but the fun and games of academic life still continue with the often dreaded student house hunt.

Selecting a house which suits you and your friends perfectly can be difficult, because everyone wants different things.

Almost 1 in 8 student groups will sign up for the first house they see, but don’t follow the trend – make sure the essentials are all in place, and make an informed decision.


To help you make your choice, here are our three top tips to choosing the right student crib…


It looks grose, it smells horrendous, and it’s bad for your health.

This is a common problem found in numerous student houses. They are often old buildings which aren’t in the best state because they haven’t been that well maintained (because you know, students aren’t fussy…).

Even if the property you are viewing looks spick and span, not all may be as it seems. Make sure to check the walls, ceilings and windows, and ask to see behind the wardrobes….goodness knows what you might find!



Safety might seem like a silly suggestion, but it could make or break your university experience. When viewing a house, check that the property has a burglar alarm system, as well as safety locks on the windows and doors.

Home safety also depends on the location of the property. Talk to a few neighbours, ask them what the area is like to live in, and find out what it’s like during the night time. It’s likely you’ll walk home at the end of a heavy night out with your mates, so you want to make sure that you’ll be safe when you’re at your most vulnerable….



It might be 21 oC today, but in the deep depths of December, it’s more likely to be  -21oC in Belfast. Students have a tough enough time when it comes to their finances and paying bills, so why make life even more difficult by forking out HUGE payments for heating?!

When looking at a property ask about the insulation, check that it has double glazed windows and that there are no drafty spots. This will save you from wearing excess layers of dodgey looking Christmas jumpers, and a will leave more pound in your pocket, especially if heating isn’t included in your rent agreement.

If you have any tips you would like to share – write a comment below, or message us on Facebook or Twitter!

Happy House Hunting!

Tori Watson

Tori Watson

Tori our resident stop-at-nothing reporter, editing and writing the majority of all current news content QR has online, whilst presenting QR's dedicated news show, The Scoop. Follow The Scoop and Tori on twitter and keep up-to-date with Queen's and Belfast in general.
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