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HouseSearch to Relaunch

We're very proud to announce that in August 2017 the Students' Union will be launching a new way for you to find private housing in the local area. HouseSearch, which was previously offered by the College, will connect you with local landlords, estate agents and private halls while enabling you to easily and securely find roommates for any spares rooms that become available in your current house.

With such a wide range of properties available in the local area a key tenet of the new platform is our Quality Standards Framework which sets out a number of measures a landlord needs to take in order to advertise their property to you. Over the course of the next three years we aim to develop this framework in conjunction with both landlords and students with the aim of improving the quality of student housing across Egham and Englefield Green.

To give you a taste of what each level of the framework will entail, in year one we expect landlords to provide:

  • An up-to-date Gas Safety Certificate
  • A House of Multiple Occupancy Certificate (where applicable)
  • Proof they use a Deposit Protection Scheme

These are only a small number of the requirements and we will place the full details of the Quality Standards Framework on the website when it is relaunched.

Over the next 12 weeks a lot of work will be going on behind the scenes as our appointed web developer builds the new site and we begin user testing ahead of launching in time for the new academic year, enabling post-graduate students looking for accommodation a new way to discover private housing in the local area.

Remember, if you have any housing issues our Advice Centre are on hand to offer independent, impartial advice. You can contact them at advice@su.rhul.ac.uk.