Looking for a house during your second year can be a lot of work, but this experience will help you understand many small aspects of what makes your life. To start with, I would recommend shortlisting a few properties minimum a week in advance (to avoid the sudden rise in demand for accommodation during the student season) on websites like Zoopla and Rightmove. These websites have a good number of listings and provide a good overview of the property.
For each property that you apply to, try, and look at the property information listed below carefully (keep an eye on properties with EPC ratings between A to D, as they have good electric performance). Once you get a response from the landlord/ agent, ensure to view the property in person and only when you are happy about the property; fill in a note of interest or an application based on the agent. From my experience, I would recommend applying to 2-3 properties at the same time and then choosing from the ones that revert.
After this, you will need to complete certain documentation formalities, for which I recommend seeking a little help from DUSA housing. It provides detailed advice and resources to check your agents and agreement!
Once your agreement is signed, it is important to note that you will need to take care of the electricity supply, gas supply, and internet connection. There are many comparison websites out there that will help you crack pocket-friendly deals. You just need to keep an eye out for the websites! I used Money Expert.
Lastly, you need to check if you can apply for Council Tax Exemption/ Discount and apply for the same!
And voila, a new chapter in your life is ready to dawn! Keep tight and enjoy your new cozy home!