Think Before You Ink
What is it?
After a successful campaign last year we will be running our ‘Think Before You Ink’ Campaign again. The main idea behind the campaign is to highlight the importance of thinking about every aspect of renting before signing a contract.
Why it is so important & what you can do
Signing a contract makes it legally binding. You usually have to fulfil the obligations under it, including paying the rent for the specified period. Therefore, considering things like your housemates, budget and what you are signing up for are very important.
You also need to consider what type of housing suits you. There are a lot of student properties in Chester including houses, apartments and privately-owned halls. We would recommend that you make appointments to view any properties that you are interested in so you can see if it is suitable for you.
You may want to look at accommodation registered with The Cheshire Landlord Accreditation Scheme (CLAS). This is a means of recognition of good housing management practices and properties that meets a Code of Standards. The Code of Standards covers all types of student accommodation in the private rented sector including shared houses, purpose-built student accommodation, and flats.
How we can help
The advice team offer a contract checking service throughout the year. We also offer advice about accommodation issues and are able to signpost for issues such as disrepair. We run a drop-in service at our Chester campus from 11-2 PM from Monday to Friday and at Warrington from 11-2PM on Monday and Friday. Outside of this time you can make an appointment or contact the team for advice at CSUadvice@chester.ac.uk.
Plan for this Year
We are hoping to send out our Housing Booklet to students, which will provide helpful information about renting as well as a property checklist.
We plan to make use of social media to give top tips for renting and positive experiences of current renting students, so keep an eye out on our social media channels.