Housing Advice Finding the right accommodation is not always easy. That is why at CUSU we are committed to supporting students to make finding their accommodation that much easier. This year in particular has been very different due to the Covid-19 pandemic and changed the way in which students look at accommodation. Our advice to you is don't rush to rent, don't sign tenancy agreements for next year’s accommodation just yet. Before you make a decision go through some of the supportive information below. We want you to be well-informed beforehand because once you sign an agreement it is legally binding. We also want to stress that private accommodation is not owned or influenced by the University; therefore, if there are any changes to teaching next year this will not impact tenancy agreements unless stated in your individual contract. If you need further support at any stage, you can book an appointment with the Student Union Advice Centre (SUAC) on their webpage. Step #1: Finding Accommodation How to safely find somewhere to live - and maybe someone to live with - and make sure it has all the things you need. Making a plan There's a lot to think about! We've done some of the thinking for you. Accommodation Options With so many types of accommodation, it can be difficult to know where to start! We've put together the pros and cons of each for you. Finding Housemates Thinking of living with others? Here are a few things to bear in mind when choosing your new housemates! Viewings Checklist Know what to look for when viewing a property so you don't get caught out! In-person Viewings It is always advisable to view a property in person. Given that we are in a pandemic you may be wondering if and how these viewings can go ahead safely! Here's what to do... Online Viewings Check out top tips to make sure you get the most out of virtual viewing experience! How To Avoid Scams Though only a minority of property adverts are scams, you should be careful. Here's what to look for to spot a scam. Step #2: Finalising your Tenancy How to navigate the paperwork and payments and understand what it is you're signing up for. Book a Contract Check We know contracts can be long (and a bit boring!) but it’s important to look through! To help, you can book on to a contract checking session with one of our trained welfare advisors. Contracts Once you sign your contract it is legally binding so you need to know what you are agreeing to. Here is what look out for before signing on the dotted line... Deposits When renting a property you will be asked to pay a sum of money as a deposit. Make sure your deposit is protected and give yourself the best chance of getting it back. Fees and Bills There are often additional fees and bills you will need to consider, you'll need to factor them into your budget Step #3: Moving In The dos and don'ts of moving in (and out!) of your new property Moving In We know it can be extremely busy and sometimes daunting moving to a new place! Download your Moving In checklist to make it that bit easier. Moving Out When your tenancy comes to an end, it can feel like a rush trying to vacate your accommodation! Before leaving there are important actions that you should take which can be found in this moving out checklist. Your Rights and Responsibilities When renting it is really important to understand what your responsibilities and rights are as a tenant as well as the responsibilities of your landlord/landlady. More Support Extra information for International Students, renting in COVID, and what to do if you need more support. COVID With the Covid-19 pandemic, there are more factors to consider that could influence your renting experience. International Students Some additional advice for International Students looking for their accommodation.