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It’s the end of term. You’re probably feeling proud and ready for summer break. And so you should. But your decision of where to live next may be playing on your mind. If you haven’t sorted your accommodation out for next year yet, don’t worry – you’re not too late. Your Edge Hill Students’ Union is here to help.

Looking for your student home is an exciting time. But we know it can seem like a daunting task. Searching for a private rental hoping to find a hidden gem. With so many options that appear perfect in online photos, but on viewing you find damp or lots of hidden charges.

You might not know who you want to live with yet either. Decided not to commute after all and want to live closer to campus or your friends? You’re not alone. And there are plenty of ways you can find like-minded people who are in the same boat – and make new friends for life. 

What is studentpad?

studentpad is a property portal that is free for the EHU student community. The properties listed are all local to campus and have satisfied the relevant requirements to advertise their properties, such as uploading their current gas safety certificate. studentpad has been designed to take the stress out of your property search and to enable you to make an informed choice.

Browsing housing

Within the portal you can view all advertised housing in the area from registered landlords. You can make your search as specific as you like with filters including:

  • availability
  • bedrooms
  • living arrangement
  • price
  • property type
  • student type (undergraduate or postgraduate)

You can even view your options in a handy map view so you can ensure you are near your favourite places.

Talking to the landlord(s)

Build a relationship with your potential landlords and have the peace of mind that you can ask questions while browsing for your new home.

Please note
group of students chatting walking through Ormskirk town centre
Students meet on the platform and chat whilst waiting for the train to Liverpool
The town centre of ormskirk

Be Ready to Rent

The Students’ Union have put together a handy guide: Be Ready to Rent. It covers everything from myth busting to considerations, budgeting, and home checklist. The guide can be downloaded and we recommend reading it before starting your private rental search.

Top tip: It’s important to consider if you want student content insurance in private rentals. This insurance covers your possessions from loss, damage or theft. If you want to find out more and use the content calculator, please visit

Support along the way

The Students’ Union Advice Team can offer support with several aspects when it comes to privately rented housing. This includes advice on:

  • complaints (Lettings agents and Landlords)
  • contract checking
  • deposit protection
  • evictions
  • finding a replacement tenant
  • harassment
  • reporting disrepair
  • The Tenants Fee’s act
  • tenant’s rights

Book an appointment with one of the Students’ Union’s expert advisers if you want to discuss any rental problems you face.

Getting to campus

With most of the properties listed on studentpad located in Ormskirk town centre, it is still easy to get to campus. If you don’t fancy the walk, remember to make use of our free Edge Link bus service. If you show your Uni Card the trip is free, taking you from Ormskirk bus station right into the heart of campus. So there is no need to worry. Whichever off-campus location you choose, you still have the full university life experience right on your door step.

High angle shot of Manchester city centre

Studying in Manchester?

If you are based at our St James’ campus in Manchester, you have can access advice from The Students’ Union. When deciding on your accommodation, we would recommend booking an advice appointment where you can get independent, professional advice and contract checking free of charge. This can be done online. For more information, please visit our St James’ accommodation guide webpage.

Key things to remember when searching for accommodation

May 28, 2024


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