Information for Students Moving out of the security and comfort of living at home or in managed University halls can be daunting and often problems can arise. At Q Student, we do everything we can to make the transition into living out as smooth as possible. Not only do we help you to find the perfect place to live while you study, we've also put together a helpful Living Out Guide - full of handy advice, tips and information, as well as a great Guide to Durham, giving you info on all the great Student hotspots. Your time at University should be among the best years of your life, so have fun and enjoy the experience! Finding your new home The best advice we can give you is - start looking early, as the popular locations do go quite quickly. But don't panic and jump into a decision too fast, there are a few things you need to carefully consider before you sign on the dotted line... Who do you want to live with? Who you decide to live with is a decision that will affect the whole of your academic year. Remember that you will be living with these people for a year, so you need to be able to get on with them. Once you have signed a lease it is almost impossible to back out, so think carefully before you commit to anything. It may help if you choose people with similar interests and music taste. A few other things to consider include: Cleanliness - If you are a bit of a clean freak, living with the most messy, dirty people you know might not be a great idea. And vice versa! No matter how well you get on, it’ll probably lead to arguments. Sleeping times - if you have 9am lectures almost every day, and one of your housemates is a party animal who likes to roll in at 4am, you may find you don't get much sleep, which can have a negative affect on your Uni work. Food likes & dislikes - Since most people can cook (in the microwave, at least) this isn't too important. However, it might be worth checking your housemates like the same food as you do if you’re planning to cut your living costs by sharing food bills. Budget - If you decide to live in a more expensive area, be mindful that less well-off housemates might find it difficult to pay bills later. Before you decide to go house hunting, have an honest discussion with your potential housemates about expectations, e.g. cleaning, washing-up, cooking & sharing food, payment of bills, when the heating should be on, etc. Spending time discussing and making agreements on these matters now will help avoid problems and arguments throught the tenancy. Where do you want to live? You’ll need to think about where you and your housemates want to live for the next year, which will depend on where the majority of your lectures are, how close you want to be to the Student's Union and the Library, as well as supermarkets and Durham's best nightspots. At Q Student, we have some of the best student properties in the BEST locations including Cathedral & Castle, Claypath and the extremely popular Viaduct area. The best thing to do is give us a call or pop in to our office for a chat, that way we can get a good idea of exactly what you want and can make sure you view suitable properties. All of our properties to rent are listed here on the website all year round, so if you see something you like just give us a call or drop us an email to arrange a viewing.