Don't Panic: Housing Advice Update

In these uncertain times, we know that many students are concerned about housing, in particular, confirming somewhere to live for the next academic year.

We are working hard to make sure you have the information you need so that you can make informed decisions going forward, particularly in response to the current Covid-19 crisis. As this is a continually changing situation we will be updating our advice accordingly so please keep checking on the Advice Centre website and social media for the latest news.

No need to panic

Whilst some students may have signed private housing contracts for the next academic year, we want to reassure you that there is absolutely no need to panic if you have not done so.

Our Advisors are experienced in the local property market and want to assure you that Egham and its surrounding area has more than enough private accommodation to house all our students and they can help you to find somewhere to live when the time is right. But we would like to reiterate that the time is not right now

Hold off on signing

Due to the current social distancing measures, you cannot attend viewings at this time – and we don’t know how long these measures will be in place. What this also means is that similarly, no-one else can view properties at the current time so properties are not suddenly going to be snapped up in the next couple of months.

Given the uncertainty of the current situation and the timescales involved, we want to advise you that you shouldn’t sign or pay for a new private housing contract for the foreseeable future. We will keep updating this advice based on government guidance about public health but in the meantime, please delay making this huge financial decision.

What if I've already paid or signed a contract?

This does not mean that students who have already paid or signed a contract need to worry, but it does mean that you need to look out for further advice over the coming months. We are consulting legal advisors at University of London Housing Services (ULHS) about your consumer and tenancy rights under different scenarios and will keep you updated about any action you need to take.

If you have a contract that is due to start/end in May, we recommend that you ask ULHS for a legal advice appointment as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns about your housing situation, you can find more information on our FAQs on the SU website or on the University of London Housing Services website. You can also email us directly should you need more advice on housing.

Advice for students currently living in halls or private accommodation

We have had multiple enquiries from students about their housing in relation to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Any questions can be emailed to advice@su.rhul.ac.uk, but we also encourage you to read the FAQs page that has been put together by our Housing Advisor.

Read our FAQs