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Housing Advice & Information

What can we support on?

For all of your Housing queries, the Student Advice Centre is online all year round to support you. Whether you need advice on looking for a property, living in a property, or leaving your property, our team have all the resources you need. As well as this, you can book an appointment with one of our advisers to talk through any questions you may have.

Regardless of whether you’re staying in University residences, private accommodation or seeking advice before you sign a contract can help highlight some things you might need to consider. We help with a whole range of housing queries or concerns and so if you would like to book an appointment with our Housing Adviser at the Student Advice Centre, use our online booking form. We are currently offering Microsoft Teams: chat, video or call appointments (with some exceptions being made for those who cannot access teams, e.g. pre-entry students)

The COVID 19 outbreak is generating lots of concerns, questions and issues for many people. We're receiving a lot of queries related to the virus outbreak and we hope to be able to help you navigate these as best we can.

 
 

Latest News & Advice

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Housing Guide

Download your copy here.

Property Checklist

Download your copy here.

 

Looking

Finding accommodation when you’re a student can be an exciting but also daunting task.  These pages will assist you when LOOKING for private rented accommodation.  If you are interested in University Accommodation please contact the University directly or navigate their web pages for more information.  Our advisers can advise on University accommodation too. 

When looking for private housing, if you conduct a viewing and accept the offer of accommodation with a holding deposit you have entered into an agreement (even if you haven’t ‘signed’ the tenancy agreement yet). 

So take a moment before you start looking for housing and prepare so you can make an informed choice. 

  1. Have a read of the first section of our Housing Guide* to find out everything you need to know before LOOKING (there’s also sections on LIVING in and LEAVING your accommodation).
  2. Think about booking in to speak with the NUSU Housing Adviser. 
  3. Attend NUSU Housing Fair, run each November to get advice and meet some of the housing providers in the city.
 

What to look for?

Useful information on types of accommodation, locations in Newcastle and more.

Tags: Looking, Landlord, Tenant, accommodation 

 

When to look?

There's no perfect time to look, but our advisers have provided some factors to consider.

Tags: looking, Landlord, Tenant, 

 

To Share, or not to Share?

Consider the pros and cons of sharing.

Tags: looking, sharing, Tenant, joint tenancy 

 

Paperwork & Contracts

When you have been to a viewing and are sure you want to accept the offer of the housing you will start a process of documentation and payment to create a tenancy contract that is legally binding.

Tags: looking, sharing, Tenant, contract, joint tenancy, guarantors, tenancy agreement 

Do I have to pay fees?

Information on which fees are allowed and which are banned.

Tags: looking, sharing, Tenant, fees, tenant fee act 

Letting Agencies

Useful information on finding a letting agency.

Tags: looking, sharing, Tenant, fees, tenant fee act 

 

Independent Redress Scheme

Letting agent redress schemes provide a free, independent service for resolving disputes between letting agents and tenants.

Newcastle HMO License Check

London students contact your local borough council

 

Living

Moving into and experiencing your first entirely independent student property can be exciting and liberating but you a likely to encounter a number of things you either didn’t previously know or haven’t experienced before. These pages will hopefully assist you when LIVING in private rented accommodation. Some of the information might be useful when living in University Accommodation as well but rules for living in this type of accommodation are often different. Initially please contact the university directly or navigate their web pages for more information or make an appointment with the Advice Centre to ask anything specific as our advisers can advise on University accommodation too.  

  1. Hopefully, you have been able to look at the second section of our Housing Guide to find out everything you need to know before LIVING (there are also sections on LOOKING in and LEAVING your accommodation).
  2. Think about booking in to speak with a NUSU Housing Adviser
  3. Attend any NUSU Housing Event or Fair, usually run each November to get advice and meet some of the housing providers in the city.
 

Access & Unauthorised Access

If you are renting you are likely to have either exclusive possession of either your room or the entire property.

Tags: Exlcusive Possession, Access, Landlord, Property, Visit, Inspection

 

Bills & Meters

Our how-to guide for everything to do with understanding and keeping on top of your household bills.

Tags: House, Bills, Electricity, Council Tax, Water, Wifi, Money, Meter, Internet, Broadband, Internet

Deposit Protection

Check to see if your tenancy deposit is protected in one of the three UK government-backed protection schemes.

Tags: House, Deposits, Protection, Estate Agent, Pay, Landlord, Looking

Houses in Multiple Occupany (HMO's)

If your property is an HMO there are specific duties that fall on the landlord/manager of the HMO in terms or repair, maintenance, safety and security of the property, to ensure certain minimum standards are provided. 

Tags: Leaving, Living, Moving in, Property, Checklist 

Inventory

Find out more about inventories, as well as the schedule of cleanliness and condition within your household when you move in.

Tags: Cleanliness, Cleaning, Condition, Propety, Repair, Inventory, Broken, Fix

Moving In 

Have a look at a our top tips for moving into a new property to ensure you are covered and secure.

Tags: Living, Moving in, Property, Checklist

Repair and Housing Conditions

Find out about your rights when it comes to disrepairs and your household conditions - from mould to repairs that need doing.

Tags: Living, Safety, Mould, Disrepair, Repairs, Condensation, Independent Redress Scheme

Safety & Security

From smoke alarms to burglary, this is how you and your property remain as safe and secure.

Tags: Living, Safety, Security, Burglary, Police, Electrical, Electricity, Gas, Smoke Alarms, Personal, House Parties

 

 

Leaving

 

Deposit Protection

Check to see if your tenancy deposit is protected in one of the three UK government-backed protection schemes.

Tags: House, Deposits, Protection, Estate Agent, Pay, Landlord, Looking 

Moving Out 

Have a look at a our top tips for moving out of your property to ensure you are covered and secure.

Tags: Leaving,  Moving Out, Property Checklist

Rooms to Rent 

Post your room or find a room. Please note this is external to the SAC.

Tags: Leaving,  Moving Out, Rooms Checklist