Students and Parents Frequently Asked Questions!
Living with friends is a popular choice. It's cheaper than renting alone and best of all it's the most fun!
Before you begin to look at properties with your friends it's important that you carefully consider which of your friends, would make suitable house/flat mates. Thinking sensibly about your future house/flat mates could help to alleviate any tensions in the future.
House–hunting can be exciting but it's also likely to be a stressful experience. The best student properties are often snapped up quickly so it's important to be organised and ready to begin looking for accommodation as soon as possible. We usually start advertising in November for the next academic year and most of our property portfolio is let by the end of January.
When renting a property, the monthly rent is unlikely to be your only expense. There will be other costs you should consider in order to calculate how much you and your new housemates can afford each month however many of our properties are including utilities and internet please ask your Property Manager for more information.
We will take you to view a few properties in one go, often with several other groups of students who are interested in the same property type. Be patient and try to see as many properties as you can to give yourself a fair idea of the accommodation available.
Decisions are far easier when made as a group and we would suggest to have a property checklist to make sure you don’t forget to ask any questions you may have in regards to the property.
How do I know you are good agents?
Do I have to be a student to rent with Student Living?
Holding deposit: Equal to 1 weeks rent
Dilapidation deposit: £350 per tenant
Late rent is charged @ £ 3% above the bank of England base rate of inflation
Key replacement £ 50.00
Changes to contracts £ 50.00
Change of sharer £ 75.00
Permitted occupier £ 75.00
Surrender of Tenancy £418.80
We are a member of NALS & Safe Agent, which is a client money protection scheme, and also a member of The Property Ombudsman, which is a redress scheme. You can find out more details on our website or by contacting us directly.
How much is the damage deposit?
Do I need to have a parental guarantor?
Does a guarantor have to be a parent?
What if I cannot get a guarantor?
Can I apply for a property as an international student?
How long is the contract/tenancy?
What is a joint and several tenancy?
How long do we have to hand in documents once the tenancy is signed?
What if not all of us have the money upfront?
How do I collect keys on the day I/we move in?
How is the rent paid?
First month’s rent is paid in advance as the reservation fee.
The other payments are paid on a termly basis on the 15th October, 15th January and 15th April which coincides with the student loans and are paid by post-dated cheques in advance.
What if I’m late with my rent?
What if one of us stops paying rent?
What if one of us drops out of Uni and wants to leave?
Will I be responsible for council tax?
Can I sublet?
Can I put up pictures/shelves?
Who is responsible for the garden?
Who is responsible for cleaning the windows?
Is parking included?
I have a large garden can I park my car on here?
Am I allowed pets?
Can my boyfriend/girlfriend/friend come and stay with me?
If we rent a larger house exclusive of bills whose name should the bills be in?
What do I do with my rubbish?
What if I have a nuisance or noisy neighbour?
If I need a parking permit who do I contact?
What to do at the end of the tenancy and how do I get my deposit back at the end of tenancy?
Can we stay over the summer month of August?
Can I book the property for the next academic year?
We hope you enjoy your stay!