Providers of off-campus accommodation
Landlords Registered on Studentpad
Some landlords have a large number of properties and others may only have one property to rent. All landlords advertising on our web page Studentpad sign a strict Code of Standards that ensures safety standards which go beyond legal requirements. Both the University and students have maintained a trusted relationship with them. You are strongly advised to try and secure your accommodation through Studentpad before searching elsewhere.
Lodgings / Residential Landlord
This is where you rent a room in a private house where the owner is living. Although a deposit is generally requested, the owner is not obliged to register it with a deposit scheme. This accommodation tends to be more homely and often offers a more flexible and personable approach. It also suits those looking for a shorter stay or those wishing to improve their English. There is a good selection of Lodgings advertised on Studentpad.
Letting agents act on behalf of a landlord. Before commiting to a tenancy, make sure the agent is a member of one of the following professional organisations:
- ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents): arla.co.uk
- safeagent: safeagents.co.uk
- NAEA (National Association of Estate Agents): naea.co.uk
Searching on the Internet
3 popular websites are:
CAUTION: Fraudsters will often target students and in particular, international students through adverts on websites. A typical fraudulent advert will be placed for a property/room which will seem too good to be true, for example, a spacious room in 3 bed luxury flat on Roehampton Lane for £50 per week. Often the person advertising has no right to let the property and sometimes the property does not even exist.
If you are asked to send money as a deposit to the advertiser without having viewed the property – DO NOT DO IT.
Also do not agree to send money using Western Union or Moneygram to your own friend or relative "to prove that you have sufficient funds". With the tracking information you give them, the fraudster can steal your money.