What’s all the fuss about housing? – 20/11/2018.

One of the main concerns that students face while at Uni is accommodation. At first it’s about which halls you get allocated and then, like a brick in the face, you start worrying about where you’ll live once first year is over.

Quite a few students secure their second year accommodation outside of Homerun before the autumn semester ends. After speaking to Jess Cappi, a 3rd year who secured off-campus accommodation in the autumn semester in her first year, she explained, “I was stressed and wanted to secure my second year house as quickly as possible”. One major reason for this was that she had agreed to live as a group of six and “there was a big hype about how quickly big houses were taken.”

One issue that many students have with Homerun is that it releases their list of approved accommodation in January and that this is too late. Lee Casey, a Masters student also secured his second year house outside of homerun and agreed “housing in Norwich is so competitive. They get snapped up fast.”

However securing your off-campus accommodation through Homerun has its benefits: it releases a list of accommodation in January, meaning you don’t have to go out and actively search for housing. Homerun also provides an extra layer of security as they promise to help with any difficult landlords and threaten to take them off their service if they don’t comply. The safety blanket their service provides is fundamental incase your landlord doesn’t adhere to the contract. Abbey Hancock, a 3rd year explained how helpful going through Homerun was when her landlord was reluctant to replace her house’s faulty boiler, “going through Homerun enabled us to get advice from UEA’s student union about how we should take action against our landlord, otherwise we wouldn’t have had a clue what to do”.

Every student interviewed has said that securing off campus accommodation was a stressful process. However, Jess Cappi experienced both going through Homerun and seeking it out independently said that although “finding accommodation through Homerun was more stressful on the day, I am happier with the result, we live closer to campus and the rent is so much cheaper.”

Consensus is securing housing is stressful and might make you feel like you need to secure it as quickly as you can, but Homerun guarantees trusted landlords and support incase you need advice so is worth the wait.

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