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Student housing checklist: The six things you must remember

Far too often, students are treated like scum by letting agencies and landlords. A lot of student unions are running campaigns to shame bad agencies, but there’s still a long way to go. This perpetual culture of swindling naïve and inexperienced students isn’t coming to an end anytime soon and the best way to protect yourself is to know your rights. Help yourself out by thinking pretty hard about the landlord, the letting agency, the housemates, the area, and the contract itself.

Ownership of the Student Loans Company is shared between the governments of the UK, with the department for business, innovation and skills owning a majority stake (85 per cent). Since the late nineties, the government has been selling the loans themselves, however. Last year the government said it would start selling the £12 billion book of 1998-2012 loans.

Student housing: Why you should never live with your friends

So you've successfully survived your first terms of university; you've seemingly made all your friends, settled into halls and overall adjusted to university life. Yet already the time has come to decide your living plans for next year.

The student housing dilemma: Home, halls or renting?

One of the most exciting and daunting decisions a student will make at university is what their living arrangements will be. Most students experience the three most popular living options available to them over their three years of study: slumming it in student halls, squandering student loans on expensive rental houses and staying at home to scavenge off the parents.

Finding student flats: How not to get stung by dodgy estate agents

For many students, February marks the end of exam season and beginning of a house-hunting stint. But with the cost of rent maxing out some students' annual loans, it is not the time to be complacent - and panic is not a good substitute.

Picking the right student flat: 10 ways to win at university housing

In the coming weeks, endless student housing companies will be plastering your campuses, social media pages and college notice boards with images of their glossy abodes in an attempt to coerce you into moving away from the safe haven university halls.

7 things to do while waiting for your wifi to be connected

The transition period between the freedoms of summer to the beginning of another university year is hard enough. Home comforts, freedom and a diary free from coursework is exchanged for an overpriced flat, an empty fridge and (worst of all) a life without wifi.

Modern student accommodation: The contemporary face of 'digs'

Undergraduate accommodation has come a long way since the dreary rooms of your university years

The hidden dangers in student accommodation

Fire safety, black mould and dodgy boilers: What to look out for when house-hunting

Pancake recipes on a budget: Easy, delicious pancakes you can cook on a student budget

Feed your whole house for around a fiver - you don't even need to be any good at cooking

Negotiating the minefield: The basic dos and don'ts of picking your new student accommodation

The world of estate agents and student flats is a tricky one - but these simple rules should see you right

Flying the nest, take two: Moving out of halls and into independent housing

Dos and don'ts to consider before you move in with the first people who'll have you

The eight most annoying things about Christmas for students

From essay deadlines to heating bills, is it really the most wonderful time of the year?

9 cheap alternatives to heating a student house

Central heating bill too heavy? Here's how to be smart and save money

What life is like for a commuter student

Money worries and mum's cooking can mean some students prefer to commute from home

Do you feel safe in your student house?

Too many students fail to take basic precautions against burglary

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