Consider your college, work, school facilities for children, hospital and your family circumstances when choosing an area to stay during your course period. If you are renting, make sure you have a budget and consider your affordability before deciding. Ensure that you always sign a contract with landlords, estate agencies or housing association so that there is a legal binding.
Try to use an authorised and qualified agency when renting a property. For example, you can check if the letting agency is a member of:
- Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA)
- National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA)
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- UK Association of Letting Agents (UKALA)
When selecting a letting agent, always ask them how much they charge and what is it for. Letting agent should not charge you for registering with them or simply showing you a list of properties. Always get receipts for any payments you make, such as holding deposit or security deposit.
If you are in doubt or need information on getting accommodation, please contact student welfare by emailing email@example.com
Households where everyone’s a full-time student do not have to pay Council Tax. If you do get a bill, you can apply for an exemption.
To count as a full-time student, your course must:
- last at least 1 year
- involve at least 21 hours study per week
Please read more information at https://www.gov.uk/council-tax/discounts-for-full-time-students
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