You’ve got your university place through clearing, and now you need to find somewhere to live... are here to give you a helping hand! We’ll give you the lowdown on all things private housing, and help you to book your new home in just a few clicks!

Why private shared housing?

Cost saving

Saving the pennies whilst studying is important. Private housing is usually a much cheaper option.


You choose where to live! With properties available across all major cities, where you live is up to you!


With less restrictions than university accommodation, live independently and make your own way.


Get closer to your housemates and create your own little community. Make your friends for life!

Find a housemate

Found the perfect home but need to find housemates to book it with? Check out our 'Find a Housemate' tool which will match you with like-minded house hunters in your area.


Don't panic if you're still looking for accommodation - check out our frequently asked questions!

Searching and booking student accommodation on is quick and easy!

Start your search

Start your student property search by using the search bar above - simply search for the city where you’ll be studying, and check out the properties that are available for bookings in the search results. Add your favourites to a list, and get ready to go and check out the best ones!

Book a viewing

Once you’ve found a property you love, click on the “Book a viewing” button on the property advert and suggest a convenient time to view the property. If you can’t make a viewing - get in touch with us and we’ll chat to the landlord to get as much information as possible before you book.

Secure the property

When you’ve found ‘the one’ and the landlord is happy to take you on as a tenant, you can book the property online by clicking on the “Reserve now” button on the property ad. You’ll need to pay your holding deposit, and confirm when your deposit is due and pay that accordingly. Then you’ll need to provide a guarantor to be credit checked, and sign all of your agreements.

Once you’ve decided to reserve a student property, you will need to pay a small holding deposit of 1 weeks rent per person which will secure the property, and we’ll also carry out the guarantor reference checks. You’ll also need to pay a deposit which is usually the equivalent of 1 months rent - or can sometimes be the equivalent of 6 weeks rent. You will also need to pay your rent in advance before you move in - this is usually just 1 month’s worth, unless you make any alternative payment arrangements.

Organising a property viewing with is easy! All you need to do to confirm a viewing is:

  1. Head to the property ad, click on “book a viewing” and suggest up to three dates and times to view the property.
  2. The landlord will then confirm your viewing request, or suggest alternative dates and times.
  3. Once the landlord has confirmed a suitable time, you’ll receive an email to confirm that the viewing will be going ahead.
  4. All that’s left for you to do is head to the property at the suggested date and time to have a look around!

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 shorter tenancy contracts, but always check this out before securing somewhere.

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

The majority of student houses come fully furnished and with white goods such as a fridge, freezer and washing machine. You may need to bring cutlery, crockery, curtains and small appliances though - so make sure you check out what’s there before you arrive.

If you’ve found a property you love, but the landlord has requested that you book as a group, we suggest that you take a look at our Find a Housemate Tool which will match you with like-minded individuals.

Just let us know a bit more about you - your interests, values and the type of housemate you would like to live with, and we’ll automatically match you with students with similar preferences and rank their suitability with a percentage match. Once you’ve matched, you’ll be able to message each other and start your search together!

Lodgings are properties with a spare room to live alongside the landlord. You’re likely to get a much better value for money, you’ll have a space to call your own, and some lodging arrangements also include meals within the rental price which is a major plus.

Each lodging varies from landlord to landlord, but your bedroom will usually contain a bed, desk and chair at the very least, and all of the bills and utilities are usually included in the rent.

This guide is for tenants and landlords in the private rented sector to help them understand their rights and responsibilities. It provides a checklist and more detailed information on each stage of the process, including:

  • What to look out for before renting
  • Living in a rented home
  • What happens at the end of a tenancy
  • What to do if things go wrong

Do you have any further questions?

If you’re still stuck trying to find accommodation during university clearing, don’t worry! We’ve got a really helpful and experienced student lettings team who will be able to assist you, and make sure that the move into your new student home goes as smoothly as possible.

If you would like to contact our student lettings team, please email us on [email protected], or call us on 0333 772 0618.

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