Renting in the private sector
Renting a house is one of the biggest steps students take after leaving home. It is a life experience and we want it to be a good experience for all of you. When things go wrong it is stressful and all too often has a negative impact on your life and your grades!
To make sure your renting experience is a positive one, you need to understand exactly what you are doing, and the law that applies to renting. We are here to help you and support you through the entire process from househunting to getting your deposit back.
Contract Checking (the unbiased view)
Our advisers are here to help you, we will meet with you (and the other housemates if you want) and go through the contract (tenancy agreement), explain all the clauses to you and let you know what problems you might expect, and how to avoid them. We will answer any questions you have and help you understand your rights and responsibilities when renting.
Call us to book an appointment- 01509 222058, or pop into the Bridgeman Building and talk to the Information team.
If you haven't got one already, you can pick up our Big Guide to Living Off-Campus (2016 version) which will guide you through the whole renting process. Available from the Bridgeman Building and various locations around campus.
This guide is designed to start from the moment you even think about renting off-campus, to the moment you leave your privately rented accommodation.
Don't leave home without it!
On-campus accommodation is arranged through the Student Accommodation Centre - they will be able to help you further with this.
Advisers in the Student Advice and Support Service have many years’ experience guiding students on working out their budgets, looking for decent accommodation, understanding their rights and responsibilities under a tenancy agreement and dealing with problems if they arise.
We are the first people to turn to for help and advice on private rented housing, and have a proven track record in helping students negotiate with their letting agent/landlord if they have problems, and getting their deposit back at the end of the contract.