If you enjoy drunken nights out and clubbing till the early hours with after parties in your back garden, you may not fit in with domestically neat rows of terraced houses we have grown accustomed to where your neighbour is not best pleased that your drum and bass has woken her 6 month old at 4am on a Saturday.
There are several options available for you to consider which would allow you to maintain your party lifestyle without offending innocent neighbours and causing unwanted attention from disgruntled fellow citizens.
Have you considered looking into student rentals or areas which are highly populated with students? Students usually frequent the early hours of the morning, lying quietly in bed till the late morning before attending lectures rather than needing to be up at day break and wanting to sleep at 10pm. If you are a night owl it may well be worth looking into these areas heavily laden with students.
Ask in Lettings agents about student properties and areas where they are in huge supply and then you can look into properties in these areas which would suit your needs and budget. You are also likely to find that properties in typical student areas are far cheaper in rental amounts as they allow for the lack of funding which is afforded to many students.
Many properties which are designed for student let will let out individual rooms to students on individual contracts, others will let out whole houses so depending on your budget and needs this will mean that you will have several options open to you.
If you live alone but would like (and can afford) to rent a house rather than just a room, you could consider sub-letting one or two rooms of the property to students or other likeminded individuals, but be aware that their party habits may not necessarily fit with yours and you may end up complaining for them to turn the music down if you have to work the next day!
Other options open to you are to look into town centres, reducing travel costs to work if you work nearby, and near enough to walk home after an evening out. You are unlikely to find as many families living in small flats near the town centre and your partying habits may be a little more acceptable. Do consider, however, that the cost of accommodation in town centres is significantly higher which is likely to increase your budget requirements significantly.
Alternatively, you could advertise for like-minded individuals who would like to house-share a larger house out of town. Look for people who like to party but also work (so they can afford their share of the bills), larger houses surrounded by a little more open land are a great alternative to annoying your neighbours or being annoyed by the continuous party antics of students in student areas!
Explain your needs clearly to lettings agents, ensure they have an understanding of not only the sort of property you are looking for but that you would like to live somewhere where you can have the odd late night party and not upset neighbouring households. They will more than likely have had similar requests in the past and will know of areas which are appropriate for your requirements. Also consider the length of tenancy that you sign up to – you may enjoy the party lifestyle at the moment but you may not do in two years time, so it is important to consider that long term your priorities may change and you may want to be in a more conventional property.