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STOP! And don't panic. Before you dash off to sign up for that scummy flat 6 months in advance, take some time to think about your options. There's no need to rush - Dunedin has more than enough flats for you all, and the best bargains come to those who wait. Why live in a shit hole when you could live in a mansion in the valley for the same price!
Browse The University's Accommodation Office is the best place to go. They give out lists of vacancies in existing flats and whole flats for rent (available online too: otago.ac.nz/flats), or give Trade Me a go! You don't have to pay a letting fee, so if an agency asks for one, look elsewhere. Agencies may try to convince you that flats are in limited supply. We promise this is not true.
Going Flat Hunting Contact the flat's landlord. They will talk to the tenants and organise a time for you to look at it. Current tenants might growl at you if you turn up unannounced asking to look through their flat. Set a budget and don't pay more than you can afford!
Quality Control Go to housingstars.co.nz housingstars.co.nz and see if your prospective flats have STAR ratings. If they don't, that could be a bad sign! Have a think about these quality indicators, and use your eyes and nose. If it smells damp and you can see mould, you definitely won't love it in winter.
Know Your Rights Make sure you know your rights and responsibilities before you sign that lease. If you can't afford it, don't take it.