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Signing up for home utilities such as water, gas, electricity and internet is required if you are renting out accommodation excluding utilities. Although most student housing offers on the market include home utilities, real estate agencies will often promote offers that exclude utilities. In addition to selecting providers of these home utilities, you will be required to pay taxes on the accommodation you are renting out. Make sure to read our complete student housing guide to prepare for specific taxes you can expect when renting out excluding utilities to avoid any unexpected fees.
College Life has selected a blend of both recognizable & affordable brands offering specific home utilities. For some home utilities, such as water & energy, your selection might be restricted to only one or two companies, since they have special agreements in the areas where you live in. In contrast, there is a large selection of electricity, internet & landline providers. To keep things simple, we have selected those that College Life trusts and recommends.
It is important to also understand how you get billed for utilities. Usually, at the start of your contracts with home utility companies, you will receive a monthly estimation based on the average estimated consumption of the specific utility at your accommodation. Logically, the more students you live with the more you will pay (imagine the bills of frat & sorority houses!). Usually at the end of a cycle (1 year), your actual consumption will be calculated and the difference between the estimated (estimated usage) and actual (real usage) will either result in a surplus or a deficit. If you are in a surplus, the home utilities company will refund you for the difference. However, if you are in a deficit, you will have to pay the difference. Usually this is no problem, as the companies are flexible with arranging payments in terms for the scenario where you are in a deficit.