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Where will I live?

Most students opt for university accommodation during first year and then rent privately from landlords or letting agencies after that. If you decide to go for private rented accommodation, check out these tips to help you find the best place, and don't be tempted to take on a place you haven't been to see first.

How will I pay for it?

Landlords usually ask for a deposit and a month's rent in advance. Money is likely to be tight when you're a student but there is help out there - find out about the grants and loans you can apply for here. Most students cannot get housing benefit to help with rent but there are a few exceptions.

Will I get a tenancy agreement?

When you move into rented accommodation, your landlord should give you a written tenancy agreement. However, you don't need to have a written agreement to have rights. This is because your rights as a tenant come from the law, as well as from the agreement you have with your landlord. The rights that the law gives you cannot be taken away, no matter what your tenancy agreement says.

What if I end up with a nightmare landlord?

Some landlords think they can take advantage of students because they don't know their housing rights and won't complain when they receive bad service. To stay one step ahead, make sure you know your rights as a tenant. If you're living in university accommodation, you can find out your rights here.

Students leaving care

If you're a student leaving care you'll have different funding options open to you, including grants and the possibility of support from social work.

Disabled students

If you're disabled, your university or college has to try to supply you with accommodation that's suitable for your needs. In addition, you may be entitled to extra benefits and funding. Read the page on disabled students' rights to find out more.

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