When to look?
Student houses are made available throughout the year – so don’t feel you have to rush.
There are plenty to choose from. Some agencies don’t release their housing lists until much later in the year.
We recommend you view a variety of properties before signing a contract. You must make sure it is right for you, you’re happy with who you are living with and you can afford it.
Remember contracts are legally binding so don’t feel pressurised into signing. Seek advice before you start looking for a house.
Where to look?
There are many places to look for houses in the private rented sector. We recommend looking at your University private sector housing list first. However you can also approach these organisations for advice:
- ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents)
- ALMA (Association of Lettings and Management Agents)
- NALS (The National Approved Letting Scheme)
- NAEA (National Associated of Estate Agents)
University Housing Lists
The Universities produce their own Private Sector Housing lists that are made up of accredited landlords in the area. Accreditation means that the landlord has attended an approved course which encourages them to provide well managed accommodation. The Accreditation scheme no longer exists as it has been replaced with Rent Smart Wales. Find out more about Rent Smart Wales here.
How to find the Housing List for your University
Ask for a list by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quote your name and student number or log in via the webpage
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Go to your Student Portal with your student ID or ask for a register by email: email@example.com
University of South Wales
Look at the list of accredited landlords or ask for a list by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to live?
Think about the area you want to live in.
- Is the house close to the town centre, University buildings and Student Unions?
- Is there a GP surgery, supermarket and pharmacy in walking distance?
Most Cardiff University and University of South Wales Atrium students live in Cathays or Roath, Heath campus students live in the Heath area and Cardiff Metropolitan students tend to live in the Roath area. These areas are close to local amenities, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live elsewhere! Cardiff is easily accessible on foot, bus or train.
Cardiff University Students’ Union Student Advice centre run a ‘Housing Advice week’ during November, but they are available throughout the year for advice. Find them on the 3rd floor of the Students’ Union.
Cardiff Metropolitan University hold a ‘Housing Advice Fair’ in January, but you can talk to the Student Advisor in the Students Union and the University Accommodation Centre throughout the year.
University of South Wales are currently in the process of organising a Housing Advice Fair, but you can get advice from the Accommodation Centre or Advice Shops