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Off campus accommodation list

The off-campus Housing List is released each year at the Housing Fair during Housing Week with details of vacancies for the following academic year. All properties listed must pass our code of practice to appear on the list. Updated vacancies will be listed through our off campus accommodation finder, so please be sure to check for updates.

This online housing workshop, from the Accommodation Team and the Students’ Union, covers key points to make sure you’re ready to rent in the private sector. We cover:

  • contracts and deposits
  • Tenancy Deposit Schemes
  • things to know once you have moved in to a property

Be sure to view our guide to living off campus. We also offer a range of on campus accommodation, so compare our halls of residence to find one that suits you and apply today.

Check your contract before you sign

It is important to be aware that any contact you sign with a landlord is completely independent of Edge Hill University. Don’t feel pressured by a landlord to sign a contract and make sure you are happy with all the terms and conditions before you do sign, as once signed, the contract is legally binding.

If you are concerned regarding any element of your contract, you may contact the Students’ Union (SU) Advice Centre to review the contract on your behalf. To do so, you can scan your contract and email or, alternatively, you can book a telephone appointment. Should you book a telephone appointment, you must email the contract to your adviser prior to the appointment date.

The SU also have a renting responsibly webpage with lots of useful information and advice.

For further advice on what to look for in a private rental property, please visit the Shelter website.

House hunting timeline and tips

Wait for the housing list

Don’t panic yourself into making the wrong decision (you may regret it later). And don’t let your friends or flatmates pressure you into renting a property you don’t like. The housing list is released at the Housing Fair and can be accessed online after that.

Accommodation finder

Manage your money

How much rent can you afford? Are bills included? Is there a summer retainer? Do you need a guarantor? Do the rent payment dates line up with student loan payments? For advice on all things money-related, you can speak to the Money Advice team.

Money advice

Be patient

Ask a parent or relative to come along to the viewing with you as their experience will be helpful. Don’t worry if you don’t like the first property you see – there are always others.

Read all the information

Always read all the information that’s offered to you and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Remember, there’s no such thing as a stupid question. Read the SU’s ‘Don’t Let Yet’ guide.

Don’t rush into signing

Make sure you’re happy with everything before you sign a tenancy agreement. A good landlord will usually give you 24 hours to read it through and think about it. Don’t forget to ask for a copy of your signed contract and keep it somewhere safe – you might need to look at it again in the future.

Keep a record of things

During a viewing, put everything that’s said into writing. Make sure that you get a property inventory and check the contents against it. It’s a good idea to take photos of the place as soon as you move in so you can prove the property’s condition if there are ever any issues.

Below are some key areas to think about when sorting your student home.

Council Tax
Damage Deposit
Contents Insurance
TV Licence

Frequently asked questions

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