“Which Flatmate Are You?”
This concern that arises quite commonly among first years, but can also occur often once out of halls and in a house with your friends during second and third year. As a fresher, you’re thrown into halls where you’re expected to live with people you may not get on with, and it’s not out of the ordinary for that to happen. For this reason, along with possibly the distance of your halls to the other uni buildings, or the general lack of appeal for your flt, you may make the difficult decision to move to a new accommodation. This process is generally easy enough during first year, but it becomes more complicated if you feel the same way once you’re out of halls and in a student house. However, it’s possible in both situations, so here’s what you can do if you’ve made your decision to move. . .
First Year - Student Halls
As I said before, if you don’t like the people you live with, don’t fancy the distance you have to travel to lectures, or aren’t keen on your flat overall, then all you have to do is speak to your residence manager. Drop them an email to arrange a meeting and let them know you’d like to move to a new accommodation. They’ll probably ask you where you’d like to move to, so make sure you’ve done a bit of research on the other halls of residence your uni offers. Once you’ve decided on where you want to go, your current residence manager will contact the residence manager of your desired accommodation to check if there are any spare rooms available. There often will be, as a large number of students tend to drop out early in the semester. Once you’ve got the all clear you’ll be ready to move, possibly as soon as the first day. You’ll need help moving all your stuff of course, so pick a date once you’ve arranged all that. Once you’re at your new halls, pay your new residence manager a visit, pick p your new key, move in and get to know your new flat mates!
The process of moving out of a student house is a bit more complicated due to the involvement of contracts and letting agencies. If it’s a case of moving into a new house with a different group of friends for the following academic year once your current contract is up, then there’s no complication and it’s as easy as that. However, if you’re extremely miserable in your current situation and with to move to a new house in the middle of your contract, or you regretfully sign for a property and change your mind, then that’s where it gets difficult. There’s nothing stopping you from moving into another house despite still being under the contract as a tenant for the property you moved out of, it would only mean that you would be paying rent for both properties. However, most letting agencies won’t allow you to be in more than one contract at once, and even if you sign for a property with an entirely different letting agency, you’d still have to pay two lots of rent. So unless you’re a Kardashian or something, then I don’t recommend doing that.
The only way to get out of a contract for a property you no longer want to live in is to have someone replace you as a tenant. Finding someone on their own looking for a house may be difficult, but you may get lucky and have a friend in that exact situation. To start, try asking around to see if anyone knows of anyone looking on their own, or you could post an advertisement of your room onto the university Facebook page. The best thing to do is find out if your letting agency or student’s union have a list of people looking for a house. This list will comprise of people who are seeking accommodation with a description of themselves and what they’re looking for. They may even have a list where you can advertise your room. This is how I found someone to replace me as a tenant. After months of asking around and posting on social media, I finally stumbled upon the student housing list from Cardiff’s student’s union. I found the information on their website and phoned the number provided. I was then emailed a form to fill in so that I could be placed on the room advertisement list, along with the full list of names and contact information for the people looking for a house. I immediately started sending out emails and texts to see if anyone would be interested. Finally, after months of searching, I was able to find someone who my housemates liked and was able to replace me as a tenant, and take my room off my hands, leaving me free to live with my friends for the next academic year!
Although it’s stressful to make the decision to move, as well as the moving process itself, if you’re unhappy where you are then it will be totally worth it. Moving was the best decision I ever made and I’d advise anyone in the same situation to do so. And although it may be costly to pay the agency fees that came with a tenancy swap, you won’t regret it!
Kelsey Rees Kelsey Rees, 10 months ago