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amelia trew

welfare, community & diversity
a.trew@uea.ac.uk

housemate panic? don't sign too early

Hello all! 

It’s nearly November, all you have to do is blink and you’re halfway through semester one! Time flies when you’re in the library 24/7. 

For some reason, it is this time of the year where there is an epidemic of students going into panic mode because of the pressures to sign housing contracts early. 

For me when I arrived at university, I very quickly felt the need to find my housemates, my ‘friends for life’ and my house to live, despite having roughly seven months left in halls.  

The houses you live in during your time at university are integral to your experience. By signing a contract too early with an external letting agency, you are put at risk of living in a house that is not adequate for you or your housemates in terms of the landlords, facilities, etc. 

Additionally, there is also just as much pressure in finding your housemates. Don’t rush with this as finding the right people to live with takes time. You might sign a contract with people you end up not getting on with and all that does is create issues going into your following year.  

My advice is to take your time to get to know people first, go on a few socials and don’t worry not all the “best” houses are going to go.  

The Students Union have their own housing agency that you might have heard of called Home Run, they have a list of houses from landlords that are partnered with us to make sure you’re staying in safe and adequate housing. 

The Home Run list is out all year and houses are always being added so there are always going to be options for you whenever you choose to start looking. 

 Advice(su) have lots to offer to support you in looking and moving into your house as it will be a new experience for a lot of students.  

There will be a housing social at 17:30-19:00 on the 7th November in the Hive, on the 21st November in the Blue Bar, and on the 5th December in the Hive. You can find people in similar situations to you, if you need to fill a room or need a room. This event will be a huge help! 

There are housing info stalls at 12:00-15:00 on the 6th in the Hive and the 13th in the Library Foyer.  In December, there is a Ready to Rent drop in session at 13:00-17:00 in the LCR. 

If you have any questions, please email me at a.trew@uea.ac.uk or drop into the advice room in the hive. Can’t wait to see you there! 

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