Getting a place

Preparation

Leaving home is a big step to take. Before you move out, make sure you're ready. Think carefully about where you want to live, who you want to live with and what you can afford.

Short term solutions

If you need a quick housing solution, such as a hostel or refuge, check out the page on emergency accommodation. If you want to leave home but don't feel you're ready for the responsibility of your own place yet and need a bit of support, a short term option such as a foyer and hostel could be your best bet.

Renting or buying

If you want more independence, you could try a more permanent option, such as renting from the council or a private landlord or even buying your own home. Use the accommodation checklist to weigh up the pros and cons of these different options.

What if I'm disabled?

If you're a young disabled person, you'll have many of the same housing options open to you as a non-disabled person. However, you'll have to make sure that your accommodation is suitable for your needs. Find out more about your options.

What if I'm gay?

Sometimes gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people encounter prejudice or harassment from landlords or neighbours. Knowing your rights and where to get advice and support can help you deal with this.

Speak to a Shelter Scotland adviser

Call Shelter Scotland's free housing advice helpline

0808 800 4444
9am-5pm, Monday to Friday

Email an adviser

You can also email a housing adviser. We aim to respond within three working days.

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