When looking accommodation, security specialists Yale has a few key things that you need to consider. For many of you, this will be the first time searching for a home on your own, and you may not know what to look for.
Student houses range in quality and price, but if you start looking around early you are far more likely to find your perfect student home.
When it comes to location most students feel happier and safer living amongst others students. Most university towns/cities have specific student areas so it’s a good start to look there.
Before viewing a property you will have a mental checklist of things you want…a comfy bed, big sofa and plenty of bathrooms. However, as well as home comforts it’s important to think about what you need to look out for in terms of safety.
Security should be a key part of the selection process, when you are viewing potential accommodation. Here a few question you should ask yourself while viewing a property:
1. Does the house seem secure from the outside?
Think about how you would get in if you lost your keys, if it’s easy for you then think how easy it is for a burglar.
2. Does the property have an alarm?
If not, could you/the landlord install one? Alarms act as an excellent form of deterrent, with research showing 84% of imprisoned burglars would avoid a home with a working alarm.
3. Does the front/back door look solid and secure?
Typically, burglars spend just sixty seconds breaking into a home and that’s not surprising considering how easy it often is. In 73% of cases they gained entry via a door, and in 3% of these cases the door was left open. Ideally doors should be secured using a mortice lock and / or nightlatch that meets British Standard BS3621.
4. Are the windows secure?
Check to see if all the windows are fitted with secure locks and that the handles are in good working order, particularly on the ground floor.
5. Is there adequate outside lighting?
Ask yourself would you feel secure entering your house at any time of day. It’s important to feel safe and secure so you can enjoy your time at university.
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