The information on this page is for students living off campus, whether in Ormskirk or further afield. If you have any questions not answered here then get in touch with the team: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01695 584200.
Moving off campus for the first time is a big step which is why we’ve put together an Off-Campus Guide to help you find the right property whilst avoiding potential pitfalls.
Once you’ve moved, the Streetwise booklet offers advice on how to make the most of living off campus, while at the same time getting on with your neighbours, staying safe and having respect for the environment around you.
Please follow this link to see a list of available off campus vacancies: Accommodation Finder
Please login with your network username and password to view what is available. Once logged in you’ll find the ‘Accommodation Finder’ within the ‘Student Support’ panel. You will be able to find out more details about the property by clicking on the name of the property record.
In order to register with us landlords must supply the Accommodation Team with a current registration form, an up to date landlord gas safety certificate and a copy of their contract.
Tenant Reference Letters
We are unable to provide a personal tenant reference direct to thrid parties. However if you have lived in halls you can request a letter to confirm your accommodation fee payments are up to date. Please email email@example.com for more information.
The chances of fire occurring are higher if you live in a shared student house. As, the photograph shows, the effects of fire can be devastating.
It is important that you make fire safety a priority when you move into your house off campus. Your landlord has a responsibility to ensure that the premises comply with fire safety legislation but it is a good idea to check that these basic points are being met:
- Smoke detectors: Ensure the property has mains wired or wireless smoke detectors and ask the landlord to carry out a test demonstration for you
- Fire blankets: These are particularly important in shared kitchens, so make a point of checking that one is present
- Gas appliances: It is a legal requirement that gas appliances are 100% safe and this must be proven annually by a professional inspection – ask to see the gas safety certificate
- Carbon monoxide: Whilst not strictly a fire safety issue, a landlord must ensure that carbon monoxide detectors have been fitted. Even if the boiler has been safety checked things can sometimes go wrong – and leaking carbon monoxide poses a real threat to life
- Plugs and wiring: Make sure that there are no trailing or exposed wires anywhere as they could potentially spark and cause an electrical fire. Also check that plug sockets are not excessively overloaded and that the sockets themselves are not cracked or loose – faulty electrics cause over 7000 house fires a year
- Fireproof furnishings: When looking for a student house you will usually require it to be ready furnished. Make sure that the furnishings provided are fire resistant. Check this with the landlord
- Escape route: The first thing you should do when you move into a new house is to make sure the escape route is pre-planned and everybody knows what it is. Have a phone available to call the Fire Service and your keys accessible so you can open the exits. Think about where a fire would be most likely to start and plan the escape route around that; make sure large objects like bicycles don’t end up blocking the planned escape route
- Prevention and planning: Day-to-day fire safety is crucial, so regularly check your fire alarms, avoid using candles indoors, and close all interior doors during the night
For more advice and guidance about fire safety click here
As of 1st October 2015 landlords must legally install a carbon monoxide detector in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire or wood burning stove). For more information – Carbon Monoxide
Damp and Mould
Tenants often mistake a case of bad condensation for damp. Condensation will form readily in the winter months when it is cold outside but it is rarely a sign of an underlying damp issue and, unless left for a long period, will not provide harmful to health or do damage to the structure of the house.
If you do notice moisture forming on walls or windows, it is likely that this is being caused by condensation.There are measures you can take to drastically decrease the prevalence of condensation, including:
- Ensuring that the heating is kept on when it is cold
- Ensuring that there is adequate ventilation of the property by regularly opening windows to allow air to circulate
- Not drying washing inside the house
In some cases, moisture in the property can be an indication that there is a more serious problem and that damp is getting into the structure of the building. In such cases it is important that you make your landlord aware so that steps can be taken.
For more information about condensation and damp – Damp and Mould
Your landlord has a responsibility for ensuring that your home is a safe and comfortable living environment.
If you are concerned that the landlord is not meeting his/her contractual obligations or if a problem develops that needs addressing it is important that you highlight your concerns to your landlord as soon as possible. The best way to do this is by outlining the issue in an email or letter. This allows you to keep a record of correspondence and means you can refer back to a previous communication if needed.
If you need guidance about how best to approach an issue with your landlord please call into the Accommodation Office so we can advise you accordingly.
We can also put you in touch with the Environmental Health section of West Lancs Borough Council if we feel that the situation requires their intervention.