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.
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.
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.
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!