University Clearing 2021

Find student accommodation in Clearing

Established in 2015, we’ve helped thousands of students find and secure accommodation across the UK, so we know how important it is to find a place which meets your needs.

Through our digital first platform, finding a student room over clearing with could not be easier. Whether you are looking for a house, flat or a student hall, we’ve got plenty of rooms available so you can find somewhere that is perfect for you.

Our team are here to help

The best way to find the property for you is by booking in viewings online. Our team can also send you any alternatives that suit your requirements, and can also help by speaking to the landlords to get any further information you might need. Don’t worry if you can’t view, we’ve got stacks of video walkthroughs available on the ads.

Alternatively, you can connect with one of our live support team.

Our team are experts in placing students in great places to live. All you need to do is tell them what you’re looking for, and they’ll do the rest.

Your clearing accommodation questions answered

Step 1 - Search our range of fantastic student properties, and keep track of those you are really interested in.

Step 2 - Once you have found the properties you would like to view, you can submit your availability to view the property by clicking on the ‘BOOK A VIEWING’ button.

Some properties also have pre-recorded video walkthroughs so keep an eye out for the ‘Videos Available’ banner, and you can click on the ‘VIEW VIDEO’ button.

Step 3 - Once you’ve submitted a viewing request or watched a video walkthrough, a member of our expert bookings team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, and help you start the process of booking your room when you’ve decided which property to book.

Step 4 - Once you have completed your booking and paid your holding deposit (1 weeks rent), your room will be taken off the market. Your landlord will prepare a tenancy agreement and you can now prepare to move into your new student home!

We’ve got a variety of different student accommodation options available to you, and we can help you find a great room close to your university. Whichever accommodation option you go for, keep in mind your budget, when you would like to move in, and which University campus you’ll be based at.

Private shared housing:

These are student houses which are dotted in and around. They’re great for people who are looking to live with smaller groups of like-minded students and give a real feel for having your own place. They are typically cheaper and more cost-effective than other accommodation options.

Private halls:

Private student halls are independently run buildings owned and managed by professional student management companies. They’re a bit like a block of flats, with multiple room types and often shared communal areas.

They can offer great facilities such en-suite bathrooms, cinema rooms and gyms. However, this does come at a higher cost than private student housing. They are generally located off-campus, but within a reasonable distance of your university.


These are rooms in either a family home, or a property with a live-in landlord. Great if you want to retain the family lifestyle, and perhaps if you feel you may need a bit more support.

Sometimes added extras might be available such as meals, bills and transport, depending on the landlord.

Nothing! It’s against the law for letting agents to charge students any administrative fees when reserving accommodation. The Tenant Fees Act 2019 now stipulates how the lettings market works to give you reassurance.

Like all lettings agents, charges a temporary fee to reserve your room which is called a Holding Deposit. By law, this fee is equivalent to one weeks worth of rent at your chosen student property, and it is deducted from your first month's rent by your new landlord. Think of it as just paying your first week in advance to book the room.

At one weeks rent, Holding Deposits are typically in the range of £50-£120, and they are payable at the point of booking by credit or debit card through our website. You will never be required to pay anything greater than £149 per room booked. Again, these charges will be effectively reimbursed against your first month's rent.

In order to arrange a viewing of a property or view a video walkthrough, you will need to be registered with, and you can request a viewing via our website.

Rooms are reserved on a first come, first served basis. If you like a property and you would like to book a room, you should book it as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, especially during clearing. Markets can move very quickly once people have accepted their university offer.

Contracts for private student accommodation vary from property to property, but usually they’re for a 12 month period. Some landlords may offer incentives such as half rent in the summer months or 10 month tenancy contracts, but always check this out before securing your room.

The contract start date and contract length for each property is listed on the advert on You can see all of this information on the property advert under the ‘description’ tab.

In most cases you will be signing an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement or AST, a special type of property contract that will set out both your and your landlord’s obligations and rights. While ASTs tend to be in a standard form and most clauses are obvious, such as the length of tenancy, and the rent due, there will be many other clauses so you must read the contract carefully. You are entering a legal agreement.

While provides some of our landlords with our own standard contract, many wish to use their own. You should read the Government’s How to Rent Guide. Your university accommodation service or student union may offer contract review services should you not understand any clauses in your tenancy agreement. We also recommend asking a parent or someone with experience with contracts for their advice.

Landlords almost always ask for a security deposit. Under the law, the maximum security deposit is 5 weeks rent. This is refundable at the end of the tenancy, subject to the rent being paid and the property being returned in good condition. You will need to pay the deposit before moving in and, usually during clearing, upon signing of the AST.

The landlord must protect the security deposit during the tenancy in a Government approved scheme. These third party organisations will act as independent arbitrators in the event there is a dispute over a claim on the security deposit from any unpaid rent or damages to the property.

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