So you’ve decided to move into a share house. The first question you need to ask yourself is: do I want to establish my own share house with friends, or do I want to move into an already established house? If you’re not sure, it’s a good idea to talk to other people who are already living in a share house. As a general rule, it is much more expensive to set up a share house than it is to move into an already established house.
You should also think carefully about what you need in a house, and then make a list of what you want. Think about how many people you want to live with and how much you’re prepared to pay each week. When you’ve established what you’re looking for, you can start looking for places.
Once you’ve decided to move into a share house, you should decide what type of housing you would like to live in. Most share houses are in the private rental market. This means that the houses are owned by individual property owners and leased at market rent. However, there are other types of housing available, including university-owned accommodation, residential colleges, homestays, public housing, community housing, co-ops and warehouses.
- Different types of Housing
- Establishing a share house
- Moving into an already established house
- Common traps to watch out for
- Problems being accepted for a tenancy