Housing is one of those issues that affects every single student that comes through our gates. From your first-year halls accommodation to the end of your time at uni, we want to ensure that you're getting the most out of your housing experience. In second and third year, it's likely that you'll move into private accommodation - that's where Housing Week comes in.
From Q&A sessions with our Housing Advisor to handy articles on your housing rights, Housing Week is all about making sure that you become a savvy tenant, whether that's saving yourself a bit of money or avoiding common housing mistakes.
We'll share all you need to know about looking for housing safely and the support available to you. Our articles should give you the confidence of knowing what to expect when looking for housing.
A housing contract is a long-term journey and it's important that you know your rights as a prospective tenant, right through until the return of your deposit. We want to empower you to challenge unfair treatment and help you save money in the long run.
Every year, as early as October, some landlords and agents start to ask their current tenants (who’ve just moved in) to decide whether or not they want to renew their contract for the following year. As students are not experienced renters, they often don’t challenge this request.
However, we're here to tell you that there is no need to panic. In fact, we'd encourage you to wait until after Christmas before you commit to a housing contract for 2021/22.
We know that housing plays a significant role in your university experience, which is why it's super important that you take your time and don't rush into any decisions that you may later regret.
Fri 27 Nov 2020
If you're currently living in halls and considering your housing options for next year, our Advice Centre give you some things to think about as they compare the advantages of halls versus private housing.
Thu 26 Nov 2020
Renting in the private sector is full of potential pitfalls from the moment you become a prospective tenant. Our Advice Centre's contract checking service not only helps to make sure there’s nothing dodgy in your tenancy agreement but will also provide you with information about your rights, how to set up your utilities and what to do when things go wrong.
Wed 25 Nov 2020
Next up, for our mini-series of blogs in celebration of Housing Week, we'll be giving you all the tips and tools to help you work your way around house viewings, ensuring you're treated fairly and know what questions to ask, whether you're the one viewing the house, or the one expecting viewers in your current home.
Tue 24 Nov 2020
In celebration of Housing Week here at the Students’ Union, today we’ll be going through some of the costs that come when searching and signing for a house so that you know what to expect when you start house-hunting!
Mon 23 Nov 2020
"If you could change one thing about your housing experience, what would it be?" As we kick off Housing Week, President Kate Roberts is launching a policy inquiry into student housing to better understand the issues students are facing in University halls, private halls, and rented accommodation in the local area.
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