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. After first year, it's likely that you'll move into private accommodation - that's where Housing Week comes in.
From our Housing Fair, where you can speak to local estate agents and landlords, to handy articles on your housing rights, Housing Week is all about making sure that you become a savvy tenant, whether that's by saving yourself a bit of money or avoiding common housing mistakes.
Read more about what we’re focusing on during Housing Week below, and find out how to get involved!
A housing contract is a long-term journey and it's important that you know your rights as a prospective tenant, from before you sign 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.
Check out our articles throughout the week covering top tips for the before, during, and at the end of your tenancy, and see our Looking, Living and Leaving advice pages for more information.
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 the next academic year.
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. Leaving a contract after you’ve signed it is not straightforward, and can cause a lot of stress, so it’s best to wait until you’re sure before signing.
You can find out more on our Don’t Sign in Term One campaign page.
Our Advice Centre is on hand to provide information and guidance about many common issues you might face as a first-time renter. You can get in touch with our advisors by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or coming along to a drop-in.
We hold drop-ins on Zoom every Tuesday and Thursday 13:30-15:30, and in person every Wednesday 13:30-15:30. You can find more information on our Events Calendar, and can join the virtual drop-ins using this zoom link.
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