My Student Home: a look inside private rented accommodation in Norwich
Welcome to My Student Home, our blog series on renting private accommodation while studying in Norwich, written by students for students.
This blog series aims to highlight the ease and affordability of living in Norwich, which has been rated the tenth most affordable city in the UK for students.
In this blog post, we meet third year student Kyra Vergho who hails from Kentucky, USA. Here, she shows us around her terraced house situated 20 minutes away from campus.
What is your name and what course are you on?
My name is Kyra Vergho and I’m in my third year on BA (Hons) Games Art and Design.
Where did you live during your first year at NUA?
During my first year at NUA, I lived at All Saints Green in an eleven person flat.
How much is your rent and what do you get for that cost?
I’m currently living in a three bedroom house, and between the three of us the monthly rent is £900 per month (£300 per person). This number doesn’t cover bills such as Gas/Electric, Water, and Internet services; those fees come out to be about £85 per person each month.
In addition to the three bedrooms, our property has two bathrooms, one shower, a spacious kitchen and lounge, and a large back garden with a picnic bench and storage shed. We also have a washer and dryer, and a dishwasher in the kitchen.
How many people do you live with?
I live with two other NUA third year students.
How did you find your house and housemates? What process did you have to go through?
My housemates and I were in the same flat when we lived in All Saints Green in our first year.
We started our housing search using the RightMove app, and settled on a property about a 15 minute walk that was £1,200 per month (£400 per person, bills not included) and lived there until October of our third year.
Unfortunately issues come up around the structural integrity of the property and we were released from our letting agreement early to find a new property.
The house we moved to is the one we’re in now. Our current landlords had just finished renovations on the house, and we were lucky enough to find it newly listed despite being in the middle of the year.
We are all extremely happy with our new location, and were very lucky it became available just as we were looking to move. Both properties we’ve lived in have been let through the William H Brown letting agency.
How far away from campus do you live?
We live a 20 minute walk from the University, no public transportation needed.
What’s the area like?
The area we live in is generally quiet, and as we’re only about ten minutes from a primary school, there are quite a few young families in the area.
Just up the road from us, no more than a five minute walk, there is a Tesco, a Co-Op, and a small pharmacy, as well as several small cafes, restaurants, and pubs. We also live only about a 15 minute walk from Eaton Park.
What’s your favourite spot near your house?
On Saturday mornings, my housemates and I like to catch an early breakfast at a small restaurant called The Unthank Kitchen. The food is always incredible, and the staff are friendly.
How have you made your house homely?
We also have a projector that gets great use for screening movies and Netflix shows in our lounge. I think we might spend more time together in there watching shows, making art, and listening to music than we spend in our own rooms.