There are hundreds of articles which describe moving house as one of the most stressful events a person can go through next to bereavement and divorce. The uncertainty, the cost, the continual rejection and not to mention dealing with less-than-courteous letting agencies all add up into one great big bundle of stress and frustration. Add to that moving hundreds of miles away from your family and home and having to speak in your second (or third, or fourth) language and you’re heading into a perfect storm of stress.
Never fear, EAS is here!
This is your quick guide to renting properties in Glasgow whether you’re a single student or looking to move in with your family these websites and top tips will help you to find somewhere fabulous with a minimal amount of stress.
To start off, the International Support office at the Uni of Glasgow has a handy break-down of the average living costs while staying and studying in the city.
The University offers a range of residential housing for undergraduate http://www.gla.ac.uk/undergraduate/accommodation/students, postgraduate students, and even family residents. Private Student halls are always popping up over the city and offer similar style rooms to the University of Glasgow accommodations.The most popular and up-to-date private student lets start at around £105/week with most rooms consisting of a single (or double) bed, storage, en-suite and communal kitchen and living areas:
Prime Student Letting
However if living in student halls doesn’t quite tickle your fancy (and we totally understand if it doesn’t) where else can you search for reliable properties? These following sites allow you to search for both halls residences and private properties and are specifically geared towards student lettings.
Accommodation for Students
Private Accommodation Database
Glasgow Westend Flathunting
Again if you don’t fancy the student lifestyle (aka. cheaper costs and less swanky pads) then there are a wealth of websites which allow you to filter your searches more specifically by cost, no. of bedrooms, postcode, and anything else you can imagine.The bonus with these websites is that you can view most of the properties on a handy map – giving you a clear idea of exactly where it is you’ll be living – and they also allow you to set up property alerts on your email so that as soon as a flat gets posted you can instantly book a viewing before someone else snaps it up!
On the Market
These websites are usually used by letting agencies and thus can be a bit more stringent in their credit checks and upfront-fees, thankfully Gumtree is a rather good alternative usually used by private landlords to post their properties. The downside of Gumtree is that it doesn’t come with the snazzy maps or property alerts so can be a bit of a slog to look through every day. Local stores along Byres Road also post up ‘flatmates wanted’ ads and private landlord properties so it’s worth keeping an eye out – also check out the pin boards around the SRC and your student common rooms.
Now it can seem a hassle to continually have to look across so many sites so we’ve stumbled upon this magical website which updates daily. Basically a large interactive map of Glasgow, it combines all posted properties in Glasgow from all of the above sites and allows you to search by the date the property was posted, size of property, and price per week: the wonderful Rent House Map.
So, now you have a good idea where to look for a flat, what do you do when you find one you like?
Flats in the City Centre and Westend are hugely popular and usually fly off the shelves within a few days of being posted – you need to be quick off the mark to get your dream home! Thankfully with the property alerts and rental maps you should be on the ball when a property emerges so the best thing to do is call the agent directly (email is usually a bit slower) to arrange a viewing. Once you find a place you like there are a few details you’ll need in order to pass the inevitable credit checks and character references.
In order to be considered for a rental agreement you’ll need at least two references, one from your employer or sponsor and the other from an old landlord. These are used in order for your new landlord to know that you are a trustworthy tenant that can afford the monthly payments. Private lettings are usually offered at 6-12 month contracts and do not usually consider short term lets. The following websites have some very useful information as to what documents and references you will need, and also the types of questions you should be asking about your new property.
Glasgow Student Advice
The most important thing to remember when renting a flat is that some letting agencies will ask for a ‘fee’ of anywhere from £30-£100+ THIS IS ILLEGAL. The best thing to do however is to pay the fees upfront to ensure that you get the flat. and then follow the advice from Shelter in order to reclaim your fees.
As always, if you have any other bits of advice or have had similar experiences with flat hunting – please get in touch with us, we’d love to hear from you.