tips for flat hunting in London – student accommodation

♡ housing and flat searching in london || Mei-Ying Chow ♡

As a university student in London there’s already quite a lot going on, and having to find a place to live for a year is stressful enough. This is the video where I share all my top tips for flat hunting as a student in London. It’s certainly fast paced and there are a few keys things you should know but here are the time stamps for the key “chapters”:

00:25 London Housing Map
00:46 London Student Housing Fair & Estate Agents
02:52 Flat Viewings
04:29 Negotiating your Contract
05:40 Break Clauses
05:53 Assignment Fees
06:04 Deposits & Maintenance amendments & Professional Cleaning
07:26 Guarantors – Joint & oversees
07:51 Letting Fees & Council Tax
08:33 Bills
09:27 Inventories
10:22 Halls of Residence

Last weeks video: study with me – quarantine edition

L I N K S
UOL Housing Fair Events –
Private housing booklet
Contract tips guide

Moving into my london flat vlog –

UNIVERSITY SERIES
KCL choir concert and Stamford street apartment vlog –
Unusual day at Kings uni vlog – …
Usual day at Kings college London vlog –
Oxford Uni vlog – …
Kent Uni vlog – …
UEA Uni vlog – …
Spending 24 hours in the Maughan Library Challenge –
University Q&A at KCL –
My first year round up at King’s College London –
What to pack for university –
Welcome to kings – top tips for freshers week –
Moving into my london flat vlog –
Starting year 2 at uni vlog –
Busy thursday econ & management degree –
What I wear to uni for a week –
Sheffield uni vlog –
Revise with me – 24hrs before my exam vlog –
What to cook at uni –
2nd year average day at uni –
What I spend in a week london student –
Reading week vlog – coding course and business meetings –
quarantine study with me –
How to find a flat in London –

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27 Comments

    • Mei-Ying Chow I’ve been to Cornwall so many times in the afternoon when it’s quiet I love Truro I’ve currently been flat/house hunting for Cornwall and canary wharf I’m hoping to move out when I’m 19 hopefully with my friend but she wants to stay living in Cornwall so I’m not sure I’m kind of muddled

  1. does anybody know what to do when you can’t live in your student apartment (due to covid-19) but have already paid for 4 months? my private student accommodation/landlord doesn’t want to refund me – is there any way to get my money back? I’ve never stepped a foot into the room since I rented the apartment for an international internship which now won’t happen…

    • Chrissy Bre that’s definitely a sticky situation. I’m so sorry to hear about that Chrissy 🙁 I know currently there’s a restriction on landlords taking possession over their tenants assets but Im not sure about refunds – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-support-available-for-landlords-and-renters-reflecting-the-current-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak that’s the link for the information as it stands. You probably won’t be able to get a refund but you might be able to get a subsidy from your internship maybe? I know some of my friends are getting displacement packages to help them afford accommodation so maybe look into that? I’m so sorry I can’t be of more help but if I hear anything more I shall let you know!

    • Mei-Ying Chow thank you so much! it’s really tricky 🙁 as an international student I really don’t know much about the English law and what to do in this situation. my university has offered little help but unfortunately not nearly enough to compensate the rent costs. while I obviously don’t want the landlords and staff to lose their jobs, I think it’s extremely unfair how students are treated since I personally can’t even travel to the UK even if I wanted to. I hope the government tries to help out soon! thank you so much for the link though!!! I always try to be up to date on that matter!

    • Ellie-Jean ahh I hope this can be of help! If you’ve got any other questions feel free to shoot me a DM 💕 I hope you’re staying safe and take care lovely!

  2. 00:25 London Housing Map
    00:46 London Student Housing Fair & Estate Agents
    02:52 Flat Viewings
    04:29 Negotiating your Contract
    05:40 Break Clauses
    05:53 Assignment Fees
    06:04 Deposits & Maintenance amendments & Professional Cleaning
    07:26 Guarantors – Joint & oversees
    07:51 Letting Fees & Council Tax
    08:33 Bills
    09:27 Inventories
    10:22 Halls of Residence

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    • Haha yes at times it can be but once it’s all sorted, there’s no achievement quite like it!! I certainly did envy those staying at home a lot while I was sorting bills 😂 (16 chow points – I hope you’re doing well and staying safe lovely 💜)

  3. I have a couple dumb questions: 1) When you say £200 pw is this per person or altogether? 2) Why wouldn’t you just stay in halls? It seems a lot easier, is it much more expensive or something? I don’t see why one wouldn’t just stay in halls

    • That’s not a dumb question at all!! it was £200 per person per week so it’s £400 for the flat all together every week! I did apply to stay in halls and wanted to stay on at college hall or go to garden halls for the uncatered apartments but I also wanted some more freedom. I like setting my own meal times and wanted to learn about bills and contracts and things early on. Also, I might’ve found it quite hard staying on as a second year as I personally probably wouldn’t have wanted to do freshers week again so the social aspect of it could’ve been quite tiring as you’re basically doing first year all over again to some extent. It was mainly for the freedom and to have a kitchen as I love cooking and baking! Great questions though ☀️

    • Hahaha you never know! You might move to London one day and you’ll know all the tricks of the trade 😂😂 I also appreciate the support nevertheless 🧡 big hugs Luise!!

  4. 🏠🏠🏠💜💜💜 You’re so great! Thanks godness i’ve been living in my current flat for 2 years and gonna stay here, cause i haaaate looking for a flat for renting in Madrid, it’s tha jungle!

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