Renting Student Accommodation? Here are 5 Things to Look Out for

By Nov 25, 2016 No Comments

Here at Student Digz, we specialise in providing parents and students with reliable, affordable and comfortable student accommodation options. If your child is going to be studying next year and you have already begun the journey to find the right digz for their needs and your budget, here are some things to look out for before making that all-important decision. Of course, if you are opting for Student Digz accommodation you can rest assured that you won’t be facing any of these issues, but on the off chance that you aren’t, keep a look out for:

Reliable Security

Obviously, the most important thing to any parent is ensuring that their child is safe, even more so when they are living far away from home. As a result, try to make sure that he or she moves into student housing that offers reliable security. Things like burglar bars, alarm systems, CCTV monitoring and security gates can all make the world of difference… especially when it comes to your peace of mind.


Travel costs can add up incredibly quickly, so it is always a good idea for your child to move into student housing that it is close to the campus at which he / she will be studying. Walking distance is ideal; however, if this is not possible, try to rent a property that is a maximum of 5 -10 km away. Both you and your child will be very glad you did!

Unwanted Visitors

Pests like rats, mice, ants and cockroaches tend to hide away when people are around, so it is easy to miss the signs that they too might be occupying your child’s future residence. Luckily, if you know what to look out for, you will be able to ascertain whether or not the property harbours any of these unwanted visitors – and save yourself hundreds of rand in the process. – keep your eyes peeled for any of the following:

  • Droppings
  • Dead insects, especially near windows and behind / underneath furniture
  • Strange smells (a potent musty scent throughout the house)
  • Strange sounds (like rustling in the roof)
  • Holes
  • Gnaw marks on cornices
  • Ant hills in the garden
  • The presence of numerous pest control products in cupboards
  • Mould and Damp

Mould and damp can eventually become a health risk to your child, so it is imperative that you keep an eye out for signs of this. If the problem is mild, it can be easily dealt with, but more severe cases can require the services of a professional – which could take a large chunk out of your budget, and it should be brought to the attention (and expense) of the landlord. Remember that damp and mould is most prominent in areas where moisture is often present, such as in the bathroom and in the kitchen.

Steady Water Pressure

Before signing on the dotted line, be sure to check that all taps are in good working order (no dripping etc.), and that the water pressure is of an acceptable level – and don’t forget to ensure that the toilet flushes and re-fills normally. If your child is going to be living with other students, adequate water pressure is sure to make life easier and more comfortable for everyone!

At Student Digz you can rest assured that our accommodation is well-maintained, well-located and well-secured, offering parents peace of mind as they bid farewell to their young adult heading off to further his or her studies. For more information on finding the best possible student accommodation for your child, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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