An International Student of Literature in England.
I have very good news: I found a house for next year! Me and my friends really wanted to find a house through Homerun — the housing agency run by the university — as early as possible. The list of houses was released on Friday morning and that day was so stressful. I got stressed when I realised that everybody was rushing and asking landlords for viewings.
I rang a few people and got appointments for that day. The first house we visited was decent but small and disappointing. I didn’t want to miss a decent house, but we needed to visit more places. The landlord was nice and understanding, so she said she’d keep the house for us until that evening.
Eventually, we visited the second house and I adored it instantly! It was much bigger and nicer. As soon as we got out of the house, I rang the owner, saying that we really wanted the house (even though one of my friends couldn’t come to see it 😛 ) and she said okay!
I’ll be sharing that house in a quiet neighbourhood, which is close to UEA, with two of my friends. Bonus: my boyfriend found a house only five minutes away from mine! The only issue is that it’s a 12 month licence that starts in July. Although it was a really stressful day, it was definitely worth it. I’m so relieved now!
In the blog entry I published about Homerun in december, I talked about some issues I might encounter regarding housing. It turns out this landlord doesn’t require me to have a UK guarantor nor parents signatures, making everything much easier for me. The rent is also going to be much cheaper than the UEA accommodation, so that’s a good point, although I will miss the village so much and must arrange everything for the bills and internet by myself.
Funny story: we nearly missed that house! I had a look at its advert on Homerun but disregarded it and refused to give them a call because one of the rooms LOOKED ridiculously tiny. It turns out the room is decent, and the photograph didn’t do it justice. So, to all the people who are still looking for a house: visit as many houses as possible even though the advert doesn’t sound perfect. There’s no perfect house and you can have nice (and bad) surprises.