Student’s Guide to Renting Accommodation in Coventry

17th August 2017

Student’s Guide to Renting Accommodation in Coventry
So now that you’ve been accepted into the University of Coventry or University of Warwickshire! It’s onwards and upwards from here - you’ll move into your own flat and have your own independance. You can have friends round when you want and don’t have to fear about waking up your parents if you get in late. It’s also the first step towards your dream career! The West Midlands is a great place to live, and Coventry placed in the top 10 happiest places to live in the Midlands. Thriving with culture, history and diversity, it’s easy to see why hundreds of students flock there every year.

Now it’s time to start planning for your big life change, and the first thing you need to think about is where you’re going to live. When it comes to choosing student accommodation, where do you even begin? You could choose to go into halls of residence and be surrounded by people, or in a shared house where the rules are a little more lax...


Renting your first home as a student is one of the most exciting but daunting things you will ever do in your life - it’s the first time you’ll be renting a property in Coventry (for the majority of students) and knowing what to look for can be really stressful. You’ll want to go through those contracts with a tooth comb before signing it and giving it back to your landlord or student property entity. Throughout your uni life, you may find that you live in both purpose built student accommodation and student housing - both have their advantages and disadvantages. There are numerous aspects you need to consider before you make any final decisions, so we’ve created a step-by-step guide to student accommodation.

The housemates

This is a really important factor especially considering you need to spend almost a whole year living with these people. If you’re moving into halls then there’s a strong chance you will not be able choose your housemates - it will be a case of meeting them when you move in! Should you decide that student halls isn’t for you, then renting a shared property such as a house is the way forward - in some cases, it can be cheaper than than living in halls, and you’ll probably be living with like-minded people who are the same age.

The Living costs of a shared house may be cheaper - rent and household bills are divided amongst tenants, but you should always try and get to know people before moving in with them. Everything’s great until you find out that your housemate enjoys playing drum’n’bass at 4:30 AM. If you are able to try and meet your housemates or potential housemates before moving in, this can be done through getting in contact with them and organising to meet for a drink or a catch up. This way you can get to know them a little before being tied down into living them, and you can also get an idea of what their personality is like.


Choosing the right letting agency

The media is inundated with horror stories about rogue letting agencies refusing to repair rooms, losing deposits and charging extortionate fees for tenants signing on. It is essential to find the agency that will suit you. You should be met with the right to rent, a deposit protection certificate and further support from your letting agents. They should help find a home that suits you, from the location to the budget!

The location

One of the best things about living in Purpose Built Student Halls is is the fact that they are often situated within the campus. However, when you choose to live in a student property, you have the ability to choose where you live, allowing you to explore Coventry even further. If you live in the city centre, then you’ll get the really experience of Coventry life. Whilst this is exciting, you should think practically when you choose the location you wish to live in when you go to university. But remember, the best properties are snapped up quickly, so start looking for your student home at least two months prior to the start of the academic year. Also make sure you do research on the various areas as you don’t want to end up living somewhere potentially dangerous. Try some online student forums and student groups to see where other students are living and their advice on areas to avoid, here at Loveitts being a Coventry based letting agent we can also help you with any advice you require about student areas in Coventry and Warwickshire.

When should you start looking?

When it comes to moving into a new home, planning is key. Students should register an interest in January and then start looking at properties from May. You’ll often find that students take over properties in May and don’t move in until the start of the academic year.  May and October is the peak time for student accommodation, with many students leaving it all until the last minute and being left disappointed. Register with local agencies to get your student accommodation sorted as soon as possible, so that you secure the property you want.

Property viewings?

You shouldn’t ever risk moving into a property before you view it. Instead, you should inspect your potential new home as closely as possible. This is because the new place you’re going to live in will cost you a lot of money, and you’ll spend most  of your time, studying, eating and sleeping and this place. It is so important to be sure before taking a place. Choose wisely for the best experience.

What should I look for before signing the contracts?

After you’ve found the right property, you will need to sign a tenancy agreement given to you by your landlord or agent. This is a legally binding document that outlines each party’s rights and responsibilities.As soon as it is signed, both you and the landlord have certain rights that are protected by law. Don’t ever sign a contract if you are unsure - take time to read it and understand all of the clauses.

You should look for the following things in your tenancy agreement;

  • What does the rent cover?

  • Are bills included or extra?

  • What is the move in date and how long is the tenancy for?

  • Do you need to arrange a professional clean on move out?

  • Where will your deposit be held?

  • Any restrictions such as no pets and no smoking?

  • Tenant and landlord obligations?


If you would like any help or advice on renting student accommodation in Coventry, get in touch with one of our team members for the best student accommodation in Coventry. We can help you find the right place for you. Call today on 024 7622 8111 or alternatively email lettings@loveitts.co.uk