Finding your first student house in Brighton

20th August 2020

If you’ve just got your A-level results and secured your place at university, moving to a new city and away from friends and family can be a daunting prospect! Brighton is a fantastic city for students, we know you’ll love it here. We’ve been there, done that and got the t-shirt, so follow our simple steps and finding your perfect student property will be a breeze!

Where to start?

  • The first and most important thing to do is to decide who you want to share with. We know it can be tricky finding housemates when you don’t know anyone so we’ve set up a a group on facebook to help you Find a Housemate with Coapt
    You have to live with them so make sure you chat to them, set up a zoom so you can get to know them better, make sure you trust them and get on well. The last thing you want is to be stuck with a party animal when you are the quiet, studious type or vice versa. All too often we find students having to start their search from scratch after the size of their group changes, save time and get your group sorted first.If you do find yourself struggling to find people to live with get in touch, we’ve got properties available on a room-by-room basis. We can find a flat just for you, place you in a shared property, or put you in touch with others!
  • Location, location, location! Consider factors such as the transport links from the property to the universities and into town. How close is the nearest supermarket? Who are your neighbours? Do you need parking and if so is it free or do you need a permit? Check out our area guide here
  • Finally, you should work out your budget, how much can you afford to pay in rent each week? Don’t forget there is 30 or 31 days in a month and not 4 weeks (28 days) people often realise they’ve worked out their budget wrong by multplying the weekly figure by 4. If you opt for a property that does not include bills, make sure you factor in the cost of utilities such as gas, water, electricity and wifi. Save The Student have a useful calculator to help you determine your budget.

All set? Read our guide on what to look for when viewing properties here