Housing Week was kicked off in in style! It was great to see so many students getting involved, so we've got a round-up of all the important information that was discussed!
On Monday 25 November, we held a Housing Fair in the SU where 617 students attended to get some information about their housing options for next year.
The first stand they were met with was the Advice Centre, with their 'Keep Calm, Don't Sign In Term One' message and Looking Guides, which contain a lof of information you'll need in order to get a fair deal. You can check the guides out in the button below, or come collect yours at the Union Helpdes.
Our Looking Guide
There was an endless supply of popcorn, balloons and donuts from the exhibitors. But most importantly, there was lots of useful information to help students start planning.
The Housing Fair was a great opportunity for students to meet local estate agents and landlords and show an interest in properties while getting a feel for the local renting market. We wanted students to start thinking about budgeting for their housing and consider their options, as well as get some guidance about this massive and risky financial commitment.
We are happy to say that we saw students keen to learn about their rights and what to look out for. Many then followed this up by going to the Housing Drop-ins this week, an opportunity to have a chat with our advisors about any housing enquiries.
While we encourage you to wait for Term Two, we still want to make sure you understand what you're signing. So, if you’ve just signed a contract or are about to sign one, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a free contract check. We will send you feedback to make sure you understand your contract and will also alert you if there are any legally unfair unenforceable clauses that you should be aware of.
The SU Advice Centre is a free and independent service for all students here at Royal Holloway, based on the first floor of the Students' Union building. Our friendly, experienced and professional staff will provide a listening ear and offer general and specialist advice. We’re here to support you with a whole range of issues, big and small, and if we’re not the best people to help you with a particular issue, we’ll ensure we point you in the right direction of the relevant support.
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