Around November each year in Sheffield, local letting agents will start marketing properties for the next academic year and the annual house hunting season begins. There really is no need to start house hunting this early and it is possible to find accommodation of a good standard and close to the University whenever you choose to start house hunting.
Most shared houses are for groups of four or five and splitting into groups of this size will offer you the widest choice of properties and could also be better for your budget. There is also a good supply throughout the year. The supply of larger houses is more restricted so if you are in a group of six or more you may find it necessary to start house hunting before Christmas. If you are a large group it would be worth considering splitting into two smaller groups and you could even find houses on the same street or flats in the same block. Students with specific housing needs, such as students with children who want to live near particular schools, or students with a disability who might need a particular type of property, may also find it beneficial to start house hunting earlier.
Self-contained accommodation, such as one bedroom flats in the city centre, can be advertised much nearer to the contract start date. There has been large-scale development of purpose built student accommodation in the city centre over recent years and there is a surplus of studio apartments. If you are a single person looking for a room in shared houses you can wait until next summer to find a room as there are always spare rooms available in shared properties.
Take your time to sign. There is plenty of student housing available throughout the year so please don’t start house hunting until you have been to the Smartmove Housing Fair on Monday 20th November 11am -3pm in the Students’ Union.