Are bills included with student accommodation?
There’s lots to think about when choosing student accommodation, from location and accessibility to security and the general feel of the place. However, one of the most important questions to consider is whether or not bills are included.
No one likes hidden costs, particularly students who tend to be cautious spenders and mindful about budgeting. In this blog post, we’ll clarify exactly what bill costs are included with student accommodation plus we’ll offer tips on how to stay on top of bills.
What bills are included in student accommodation?
Student accommodation generally includes gas, electricity, water and broadband so you’re covered for unlimited WiFi, warm showers and enough light to help you see through any late-night essay writing. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing that you won’t be landed with a hefty bill at the end of the month because it’s all in the total cost of your rent.
What student accommodation includes bills within the monthly rent?
You will find most student accommodation halls offer bills included in the rent. This means you’ll pay one lump fee, often at the start of each term, which conveniently coincides with student loan instalments.
Before you’ve chosen your accommodation it’s also worth noting that the cost of rent will vary. This is dependent on location and facilities available within halls of residence so it’s best to check out your university’s website for more details.
What student accommodation would have bills on top of the rent?
If you’re going down the private rented accommodation route, you’ll often find rent will be cheaper but you’ll pay bills on top. In which case, you and your housemates will be responsible for sorting out payments for utilities, WiFi, TV licence etc.
However, if you’re in any doubt about what is and what isn’t included, you can speak to your letting agent directly.
How to make the best choice for managing your monthly budgets
Budgeting might not be everyone’s cup of tea but it’s a useful skill and something that will help you throughout your university career and beyond.
One way of managing your budgets effectively is to choose a student accommodation option that includes bills. That way you’ll know exactly what to expect with all-inclusive rent and no nasty surprises that might throw your budget out of balance.
How to manage bills in student accommodation
Before signing your tenancy agreement, take time to read through the finer details. You want to be certain the agreement includes everything you have agreed to when you sign your tenancy.
If there’s anything you’re not sure about or don’t understand, don’t be afraid to ask and make sure it’s all clear. Once you’ve signed the agreement, you’ll have a schedule of payments due throughout the academic year.
How Project Student manages monthly bills for student accommodation
At Project Student, we take care of all the monthly utility bills included in the cost of your rent.
This way you’ll know exactly what you are budgeting for and you don’t have to worry about those cheeky hidden costs.
Posted on February 2, 2023