Image of Founder's Building, text reads Housing Week, 28 Nov-2 Dec

Housing is one of those issues that affect 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!

Know what to expect

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 avoid common mistakes.

We also know things might be a bit tight right now, and moving into a new house can pose a significant financial challenge. We want to make sure you know what to expect in terms of expected housing costs, what landlords are and aren’t allowed to charge you, and some top tips for saving money along the way.

Check out our articles throughout the week covering everything you need to know for before, during, and at the end of your tenancy, and see our Looking, Living, and Leaving advice pages for more information.

Watch Out for scams

For one reason or another, there has been a noticeable rise in online scams. We want to make sure you don't fall victim to any scam, so the Advice Centre has put together some tips on what to look out for when it comes to renting housing. If you're ever unsure about what you're getting into, speak to a Student Advisor who can put your mind at ease.


Our Advice Centre is on hand to provide information and guidance about many common issues you might face as a first-time renter. The best way to get in touch with our advisors is by emailing with a summary of your issue, and any relevant documents (e.g. housing contract), and we'll be in touch with some guidance ASAP!

In response to the cost of living crisis, this year's Housing Week campaign will give you information and resources to ensure you're able to make the most of your time at Royal Holloway during this difficult time.

Outrageously, rent for student accommodation has increased by an average of 14.6% over the past two academic years, according to a new report from Unipol and the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi). Despite the rise, maintenance loans have only increased by 2.8%. With such high rates, rent now swallows up almost all of the average maintenance loan. Back in June, Hepi found that 55% of students are now relying on paid work, compared with 45% in the previous year.

The impact on students is clearly huge and we believe you deserve more support during this crisis at a government and university level. From lobbying the University to working with the local community to running our own initiatives, we've devised an action plan to improve life for students. Head to the Cost of Living Hub to find out more!

Cost of Living Support



SU on Tour: Cost of Living
27th November 11am - 3pm
EWD Atrium
We're heading to the library to talk to you about the rising cost of living and share the support available to you. We want to hear your thoughts, concerns and suggestions to improve the situation for students.
Housing Week IG Live Q&A
28th November 11:30am - noon
Instagram @SURHUL
Catch Emily, our fabulous Advice Centre Manager and Tom Pease, Head of International and Money Advice for a LIVE Housing Week Q&A on Instagram @SURHUL!
Housing Fair
29th November 11am - 3pm
SU Venue
The Housing Fair is a vibrant hub for students to come to find private accommodation and to see what help is available. Local estate agents and landlords will be at the fair advertising their properties and available to meet with you.
Housing Week Drop-In
30th November 10am - noon
As part of our annual Housing Week, our Student Advisors are running Zoom drop-ins to discuss any housing-related enquiries you might have!
Sabbatical Officer Drop-In: Housing Week Takeover
30th November 1pm - 2:30pm
SU Helpdesk
Housing Week takeover time! This week, drop-in to talk to the Sabbs about all things student housing. A chance to voice your concerns, ask any questions about the Students' Union and University or simply chat!
HouseMating Cafe
1st December 1pm - 3pm
Tommy's Lounge
Ready to start looking for housemates for next year? Or perhaps you have a spare room to fill in your house? Come along to our Housemating Cafe to meet other students also looking for housemates, and to speak to our friendly advisors.


During Your Tenancy: Dealing with Common Issues

Wed 30 Nov 2022

At the Advice Centre, we support students facing housing issues every day. Some are easier to solve than others, but knowing when to seek help is important to make sure your time in a tenancy is as stress-free as possible. We’ve put together a guide to common issues that can come up and our advice for dealing with these.

Managing Your Finances

Wed 29 Nov 2023

It's safe to say, we're all spending more on goods and services than we would have done two years ago. The good news is that all hope is not lost. The Advice Centre has collated information from a wide variety of sources to help you not just save but make money!

Your Housing Rights

Thu 24 Nov 2022

Text reads Housing Week, House Searching & viewings with and illustration of  Founder's Building

If you're starting the hunt for private rented accommodation - we've got your back. We're on a mission to make sure you have all the information you need so you can search for housing with confidence.

Housing Costs: What to Expect When House-Hunting

Fri 02 Dec 2022

In celebration of Housing Week, today we’ll be going through some of the costs that come with searching and signing for a house so that you know what to expect when you start house-hunting!

Support for Students Facing Homelessness

Tue 14 Nov 2023

Unfortunately, homelessness is an issue that impacts university students. We've put together some resources so you know what to do if you're ever facing a housing crisis.

Look Out for Rental Scams

Tue 12 Sep 2023

We want you to have the best experience possible when searching for housing so it's important to look out for scams. We've put together some top tips on how to stay alert, avoid scammers and ensure the property you are looking to rent is genuine.