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Placement Accomodation

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
edited March 27 in Work & Study
I've got a placement for a year starting in July for IBM in Hursley which is between Southampton and Winchester. Trouble is obviously I don't know anyone down there to live with and I certainly can't afford on my own. Now IBM have sent out a list of other students who'll be on placement so we can arrange to move in together. But I'm not really sure I fancy moving in with people I've never met before in my life.

Really I suppose I'm wanting to know if anyones ever done a placement year, what they did for accomodation and whether you think it's a good idea to move in with absolute strangers.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    It's a gamble, obviously. Maybe you'd prefer to lodge?

    The advantage is that you'll have instant friends, and somebody to talk to about work who will understand and be interested.

    Oh, and it's 'accommodation' you're looking for. ;)
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Kentish wrote:

    Oh, and it's 'accommodation' you're looking for. ;)

    :p Hmm...maybe I should start concentrating more when I'm posting here.

    THats a good point about the friends bit hadn't thought of it like that.

    Oh yeah anyone know any good letting agents round those areas as well...preferably Winchester?
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thanks Kentish :)
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Good luck :thumb:
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    For my placement year I lodged in someone's house. Still fairly expensive but cheaper than my own place, and a bit more professional / suitable than sharing with students.

    But it's a bit random I guess as to if you will get along or whatever.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Mist wrote:
    For my placement year I lodged in someone's house. Still fairly expensive but cheaper than my own place, and a bit more professional / suitable than sharing with students.

    Yeah I wouldn't be sharing with students other than ones which are also doing the same placement so we'd all have the same sort of lifestyle etc so that wouldn't be a problem.

    For lodging do you have to look in local papers and the likes or do estate agents and the likes advertise for lodgers as well?
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Kazbo wrote:
    Yeah I wouldn't be sharing with students other than ones which are also doing the same placement so we'd all have the same sort of lifestyle etc so that wouldn't be a problem.

    For lodging do you have to look in local papers and the likes or do estate agents and the likes advertise for lodgers as well?

    I think my work sent me a few papers, which had the numbers in them.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I was lucky in the fact that my employer paid for me to have my own flat for the duration of my placement year. It was just as well really, given that this was London and I probably wouldn't have been able to afford to work there otherwise!

    The idea of moving in with other students, even if they are strangers, seems workable, afterall isn't that what most of us do in our first year at uni? It's a gamble, but at least you'll all have something in common from the outset.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Good effort

    I think i can empathise with your position in a few ways. I am currently on placement near Northampton and have been living with an antisocial dickhead for half a year now, and am looking for a new place now. I'd advise that you meet as many of the people as you can socially before moving in with any of them, and make sure that you will get on etc. Meeting up for househunting and then going out for a few drinks or something may be a good plan.

    Hursley is an awesome place, cos i come from there. Good on ya! I'd probably recommend getting a place in Winchester, as it's the most accesible out of Winch and Southampton for work by public transport, and is a shorter drive too. Living near town centre will make weekends and evening socialising so much easier - don't get a place out in the sticks unless you fancy forking out a fortune in taxi fares after nights out! Check University College Winchester's accomodation boards as well - could help find student friendly accomodation.

    Happy hunting! :thumb:
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    For my first year of uni I moved in with 7 complete strangers in prison like halls, and absolutely loved it. Altho, I don't think I could do it again. I am also going on placement in July at ChevronTexaco so will have to find alternative accom. so I don't have to get up so early in the morning to get to work! I've been finding accommodation for students/ very helpful in the search towards a new flat, I found the flat I'm living in now on there also. I personally wouldn't advise living with other people who'll be on the placement, you don't want difficulties in your flat effecting your work and vice versa.
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