University Provision – Accommodation provides information on the residences available and options as well as rooms available across the city.
Private Sector Property – you can use local landlords and agents to find property. Consider using a landlord that has their property Accredited through the Private Rented Service at Newcastle City Council. If you email them they will be able to say if the property you are interested in is accredited. Otherwise ask if the landlord or agent is a member of a professional body (see below).
If you are using an agent, try to ensure they are a member of a professional body and a member of an Independent Redress Scheme. Currently there is no mandatory regulation of the private rented sector in the UK which means many landlords and agents have no training, skills or knowledge and are not operating professionally.
There are a lot of agents in Newcastle – some are city centre based with a city wide portfolio whilst others are smaller and are localised to the different areas of Newcastle. Not all agents focus on student properties so you will need to research these.
Word of Mouth – some students know people living in the private rented sector who are leaving their flat or house or even leaving University and take over their house by contacting their agent or landlord. This can be useful in that you hear first-hand what their experience has been in regard to the landlord and tenants relationship
Online – there is a plethora of options available online. Ideally it is advisable to wait until you are in Newcastle until you can view and sign for a property. However online sources are particularly attractive to students who are coming to study from abroad and who wish to make arrangements before they arrive. Be careful about demands for money in advance and try to check out the details as much as you can before ageing to anything or sending money. Sometimes things are not what they seem and could be scam. It is never advisable to pay money in cash and certainly never without a receipt.
The Student Advice Centre can offer a tenancy contract review service remotely.
NB: If going to view property be mindful of your own personal safety, try to go along with someone or make sure someone knows where you have gone and how long you will be.
Professional Membership and Independent Redress Schemes
There is no formal statutory regulation of the Private Rented Sector so there are some unqualified, inexperienced and unscrupulous firms out there. Some agencies or landlords have voluntarily joined a Professional body:
Independent Redress Schemes: