Advice

Solving the mid-year housing crisis

I'm out outta love, set me free

You’ve decided this is it. You’ve had enough of your housemates leaving the kitchen like a scene from the Crystal Maze. You can’t handle the tension of the Million Pound Drop when you move your cups from the Jenga tower next to the sink anymore. You’ve decided to leave.

It’s a headache. You want to find a new place to live, because you feel so down about coming home, but at the same time you start to freak out about the contract, and plenty of irrational things. What can you do?

First of all, commit to your decision. If it’s something you are really ready to go through with, go to Student Advice. Located on the third floor of the Union, they have drop-in facilities or bookable appointments available regularly, and will be able to point you in the right direction.

Next, I would ask Advice for the list of students currently looking for a place to live. I used this service myself at the start of the year as we looked for an extra housemate, and it worked well. Upon request, you will be provided with the list, and will be able to contact them directly to ask whether they’re still looking.

It’s probably best to do a bit of the groundwork to find a housemate to replace you, so as to make the transition as smooth as possible. It’s up to you, but to save a massive change in fees for the remaining people as you leave by them covering your cost, I would advise towards doing it.

Exit fees and all the contract jazz is best consulted with both the Advice service and your agency. They will no doubt vary by agency and landlord, but by receiving professional advice, you will find that you will hopefully be able to get straight to the point with it.

Speaking to your housemates is optional, depending on how well you get on with them and whether you think it would be worth it. It is a personal decision, so you’re the best judge.

Communication can be tough with people you are struggling to live with already, particularly if you’re a confrontation-phobe like myself, but it can save you the hassle of doing all this. It depends if you feel that second chances are worth it or not.

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