Moving into a student house can be one of the most exciting uni experiences, but it can also be one of the most daunting. You’ll be faced with boring adult tasks like splitting the chores and sorting out the bills – things that, let’s be real, no one really wants to do. Ideally, you’ll need a system where everyone knows how much they should contribute, preventing any future disagreements. Here’s some useful tips to ensure that the bills are split fairly and easily.
When you move in, you’ll no doubt have a TV ready to get set up in your living room so that you and your housemates can catch up on all your favourite shows together. Before you do that- you’ll need to make sure that you are covered by the law and have purchased a licence.
Let’s face it, water bills aren’t the most exciting thing in the world and you’ve probably never had to deal with them before. Until now. Suddenly, you’re moving into your new student house and are faced with sorting all the household utility bills at one time. No doubt, the confusion has kicked in and reality has hit, adulthood is officially here.
The gas and electricity in your home is what keeps you warm, cooks your food, allows you to charge your phone and even binge-watch Netflix. Without it, it’d be pretty cold, boring and dark. So, before you start planning in all the fun with your housemate, make sure you set up your gas and electricity bill. When you move into your new home, there will be some key things you’ll need to do to get the ball rolling.
Council tax is a yearly charge (usually paid in instalments of 10 or 12) that household’s pay to fund things such as rubbish collections, park maintenance, roadworks and schools in their local area. All properties are put into ‘council tax bands’ which are lettered A through H and are based on the size, location and a few other factors. This determines the amount payable by the household. Not very exciting but bear with us!
Moving away from home and living with other students is an awesome time in your life. You will finally get the chance to live independently, make loads of new friends, and have lots of fun! Shared student housing can turn into a nightmare if you have a housemate who doesn’t pay their bills.
It’s tempting to ditch your paper bills when they arrive in the mail but getting to grips with who your providers and suppliers are will ensure you don’t make any costly mistakes or accidentally miss an important payment. Here’s a quick breakdown to help you understand exactly what your different bills mean.
There has been much talk about the cost of energy recently. With the change in the energy price cap in April 2022, alongside other cost-of-living price rises, the country is becoming increasingly concerned with ensuring that all the bills can be paid in our homes.
So, the excitement of moving into your new student house has kicked in and all you can think about is getting the biggest room! But, before you get too excited – start thinking about your utility bills. Learning to manage your bills will help you sort your finances, save money for nights out, and prevent any aggro in your house over bills and who owes what. With this in mind, we have put together a useful guide on how to sort your bills.
If you’re starting the hunt for your next student home but don’t know where to begin, our guide will help you find your perfect house-share. There’s a lot to think about when searching for your next base, so before you start the hunt, make sure you think about exactly what you and your future housemates are looking for. A good place to start is online, there are some great sites that advertise student homes and they provide really useful information, making the search that little bit easier.
One of the best things about uni, is sharing a house with your friends. Cooking, partying, and binge watching your way through series together is what dreams are made of. But, sometimes the adult stuff can get in the way and create issues when it comes to splitting and paying utility bills.
Time is ticking and student houses are being snapped up left right and now! It’s easy to get caught up in the property panic and dive headfirst into one. But did you check for dripping taps? And now you think about it, spot some mysterious black spots on the bedroom wall?
When having the time of your life at uni managing finances isn’t going to be high on your list, but it’s super important to keep a tab on it so you can continue living your best life! It’s estimated that over 79%* of students worry about finances during uni, so we’ve put a few tips together to ease the strain.
The most exciting part of moving into your new digs is making your bedroom yours. And good news, it really doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. For a few quid you can turn an empty room into a haven worth retreating to at the end of the day.
If the thought of revision fills you with dread, have no fear! With a few simple steps you can get through it – let’s do it! Read our top tips here for how to boss your revision.
Whether you’ve come across the pond or haven’t hopped far, homesickness is something that many students will feel at some point during their time at uni. It can conjure up feelings of embarrassment for some, but it’s totally normal and there are ways to send it packing!
Stats show that around 1 in 4 students suffer from mental wellbeing issues during their time at uni, so take comfort in knowing that you’re really not alone. Sometimes it’s extremely difficult asking for help, even though you know it’s out there. So, where do you look and who can you talk to?
Water is a basic and essential utility that every student house needs. Unfortunately, students have to pay for water – the post night out shower is a worthwhile investment! But don’t panic! The good news is that water bills are one of the easiest utility bills to manage.
Moving to university gives you the freedom to live away from home and enjoy student life to the fullest. But, unfortunately, you will also have adult responsibilities and have to manage utility bills for the first time!
Once you’ve identified your utility providers and understand how often you receive your bills and what they mean, the next step is of course to make sure you’re paying them on time.
Whether this is your first year in student accommodation or not, you may have some questions about your rights and responsibilities as a student tenant, especially if you’ve come across an iffy landlord before.
This is an important utility bill, but there are several exemptions and discounts available for students – result! To make sure you’re paying what you should be, take a look at our quick guide to organizing exemption for yourself.
One important issue to sort out before you move in is insurance. Setting up contents’ insurance can be a little overwhelming if you haven’t done it before, but it’s definitely one of the easier tasks when it comes to managing student life! Here are some pointers to get you started.
Whether you’re leaving home and moving to uni for the first time, or you’re already in your second or third year, it’s always a good idea to be prepared and make a comprehensive list of things to pack and take with you.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard (and are obsessed with) Netflix’s The Queens Gambit; the most watched scripted limited series to date.
Every Harry Potter fan dreams of going to Hogwarts. Here’s 8 accessories to help create a magical student room worthy of making every muggle jealous.
Being a uni student in lockdown isn’t the most exciting thing in the world; in fact, it’s more likely to dampen what was supposed to be your fun-filled student experience. No more prinks, socials or nights out – wasn’t that the whole point of going to uni?? (Besides the studying part…)
Moving into a new house when you’re a student can be daunting, especially when it’s your first time. It can also be made that little bit worse when you receive an unexpected bill through the post that you don’t quite understand, from a company that you don’t recognise – and let’s be real, most of the time you’re tempted to throw these out with the rubbish!
When it comes to reeling in students, the banks know that the best way to do this is through the legal bribery of freebies and goodies. This works well for students who can find themselves benefiting from this competition with free stuff just by signing up for a new student bank account.
Let’s be honest, you’re probably already spending a lot of time on your smartphone every day, so why not put that time to good use? There’s a useful app for almost everything these days, and they can definitely make student life easier, cheaper and safer. Here’s a look at our 10 favourite apps for students.
Drawing up (and sticking to) a budget can seem a little boring, but it can definitely help cut money stress since you always know where you stand financially and can plan your life accordingly. Here are some tips on putting together the definitive budget to see you through your student years.
But whether you’re a new student or one who’s in the middle of their study journey, it’s worth properly understanding all your options, so you can make the best decision for yourself. Though every student will have their own individual situation, we’re breaking down the basics of applying for student finance, so you can start planning your year ahead, thinking about night outs and paying your utility bills!
One of those unexpected bills that many students forget to factor in when preparing to move into their first uni house, is the TV licence. We’ve put together this guide to help you get to grips with what you need to know about TV licences as you get ready to live independently for the first time.
Students have borne the brunt of the UK’s lockdown restrictions for the past year, and many have struggled to manage the stress on top of an already challenging study year. But at the start of 2021, with vaccinations rolling out and spring on the horizon, students have reason to feel a little more optimistic.
Getting ready for university is not just about acing your A-Level or BTEC exams, buying a toastie-maker and a bulk pack of highlighters. As well as the rigmarole of UCAS, there is the Student Loans Company (SLC) to deal with.
In our increasingly global society, the demand for linguists is rising every day. This makes it a great subject to study at university, which is perhaps what you are hoping to do.
Living with friends appeals to most students for many reasons: most people like the company; they look forward to studying together, throwing parties and offering each other the moral support needed to pull through a hangover; and it’s also cheaper as they can split the bills.
Even if you know your stuff for your A-level exams, you will, unfortunately, have plenty of time to start doubting yourself by the time that Results Day comes around. Anxiety about whether or not you will get into the university of your choice may emerge.
Student loans are a blessing when it comes to funding your time at Uni, but it can still be tricky to make ends meet when you’re waiting for that next lot of money to arrive in your account.
Close Netflix and get out of your sweats. You’re going to want to grab your mates and get ready to go ‘OUT out’, because we’re about to give you the low-down on the UK’s best student nightlife destinations.
Time moves quickly when you’re at Uni and, as you have probably realised by now, you’re going to have to move quickly too if you want to bag one of the best post-grad jobs for when you finish.
Being a student has never been more expensive – and that doesn’t look likely to change any time soon. To help you out in these hard times, we’re going to reveal our very best tips and tricks for getting the most out of your student discount.
The summer holiday before you go to university is an essential rite of passage. Once you become an adult, it is a rare opportunity to have any time longer than 2-3 weeks off with no responsibilities, deadlines, schedules or worries about what you’re going to do with your life for the next few years (that is, until you retire).
Starting university and moving into your own place is an incredibly exciting time, but leaving home is never easy as you will have to fend for yourself, sort utility bills and possibly learn a new city. Many students suffer from homesickness, particularly at the beginning of the year and during the exam period, when the pressure is high.
While it’s normal to wonder about who you will be living with and how you will all get along or who you’ll have to chase for utility bills, we want to assure you that it won’t be as hard as you think. In fact, there are a whole bunch of things you can do to make sure that you and your new flatmates become firm friends.
Ok, so you’ve got the basics, but now you have to decide what to cook. You’re probably worrying at this stage that you will be eating plain rice and baked beans all year. Never fear – we’ve got you covered with these budget-friendly student recipes for familiar tasty favourites.
When you decide to go to university, you will be faced with several accommodation options, with two of the most popular being uni halls and private housing. The accommodation you choose will have a big impact on your student experience and you must choose the best option based on your lifestyle and budget.
Studying is hard work – especially when you’re balancing it with work and a social life – and it’s normal to feel tired and unmotivated as you reach the mid-way point. Don’t worry, we’ve put together some tips to help you smash the second half of term at uni so you don’t spend all semester feeling exhausted and uninspired.
Having survived student halls, you probably think that you’re fully prepared to move into your first student house but living in a student house is a whole new experience. Student houses can bring up issues when it comes to utility bill splitting, deposits, and other housing problems – so it’s best to be prepared.
Most of us don’t want to live in a pigsty. And regardless of our personal tastes, when we are sharing a student house with other people, we all have to be conscientious about making sure that the environment works for everyone.
Becoming a student is much more than just studying and immersing yourself in a course. For many it is also about moving out of the family home, supporting yourself, and cementing your own identity in the world.
If things are not working out for you on the course or university that you have chosen, you might be considering transferring to a different course or university – or dropping out altogether.
Setting a good monthly budget all depends on your lifestyle, where you’re living and how much you’re spending on things like take-aways and nights out. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to reduce your monthly costs, maximise your student loan, and manage your money better as a student. To help, we’re going to look at the key things to consider when working out your monthly budget at university.
Utility bills can add up, especially when you’re trying to budget and make your savings stretch. If you’ve never had to deal with them before, then you’re probably shocked at how much water bills can rack up. Fortunately, there are many simple things you and your housemates can do to reduce your water use, help the environment, and save more of that all-important student loan. Here’s a few ideas:
Whether you want to save the pennies or to be the generation to tackle climate change, saving energy doesn’t have to be difficult or cost you a lot of money. We’ve gathered some of the most effective and easy tricks to get you started in your student home.
Choosing to study in London means you’ll no doubt be choosing an awesome course, exciting nightlife, and some of the best work opportunities. However, relocating to the capital does have a few drawbacks.
The cost of utility bills seems to be increasing year on year and the average broadband bill is now £30.30 a month. That being said, WI-FI costs do vary based on factors such as location, household usage, and the provider you choose.
Electricity is going to be one of your biggest expenses while living away at university, whether it’s your laptop, Netflix binge or general household use. If you’re using electricity without thinking of the costs you’ll find that your electricity bill will increase, which you definitely don’t want.
There are dozens of ways to become a more energy-efficient cook and reduce wasted energy in the kitchen. Adopting green cooking methods will lower carbon emissions and also save you money on your utility bills.
Groceries are likely to be one of your biggest expenses while you’re a student. In fact, the average student spends almost £100 a month on food shopping! This can also be a lot higher if you regularly visit your local corner shop or use high-end supermarkets (especially for fancy pre-drinks!).
You have a lot of important decisions to make when you go to university, and one of them is whether to choose all-inclusive or non-inclusive accommodation. The option you pick will impact on your overall costs and experience, so it’s important to think about which you’d prefer.
Are you worried that being green is costly? Well, you’ll be pleased to know that many eco-friendly choices are also budget-friendly choices! Here are some easy to be eco-friendly on a budget.
As a landlord, this can be a great way to attract tenants to your properties; yet, when offering bills-included rentals, you need to be aware of what it takes to seamlessly manage bills across multiple properties.
Renting to students can be a lucrative business move, particularly if you own a property close to a popular university. However, with these big rewards, come some responsibilities.
Establishing and maintaining a positive relationship with neighbours is really important for any landlord who wants an easy life. As a landlord, there will be certain things you can’t control (such as necessary repair works or tenants’ attitudes); but being in the neighbours’ good books will help you to resolve issues without any added tension or conflict.
Over recent years, setting up a limited company has been an increasingly popular business move for landlords in the UK. In fact, according to resent research, 41,700 new landlord-owned limited companies were registered in 2020: an increase of 23% compared with the previous year.
Issues can arise for landlords, as well as tenants, during the course of a tenancy agreement. So, as a landlord, it’s as important that you are aware of your rights as well as your responsibilities. In the case of a problem or dispute, knowing your rights can help to resolve things before they escalate – hopefully helping to keep you and your tenants civil and cooperative.
When renting out a property, it’s easy to focus on getting tenants in and not so much on what to do once they are there. While all tenants will move out eventually, landlords who don’t prioritise establishing a positive relationship with their tenants will soon find that they are looking for new tenants all too often.
A utility bill, in short, is an invoice issued on a monthly basis for your household utilities. These utilities include; electricity, gas, water, TV Licence and your internet bill. On your typical utility bill, you will see basic information including; your account number, invoice number, service address and service period.
Apart from council tax, students are seen as an ordinary tenant and required to pay the same bills, including gas, electricity, water, TV licence and broadband.
We provide all the utilities your shared house needs and bundle them into one even bill, split across all housemates. The same amount on the same date each month and no more chasing housemates for money!