How much does private housing cost?
The cost of private flats and houses can vary depending on a number of factors, including the location of the property, facilities, how many people you’re sharing the property with, and whether bills and utilities are included within your rent.
For example, you could expect to pay around £88 - £105 per week (excluding bills) if you were to share a property with four people. Utility bills are often included within your rent, but you should aim to budget around £15 extra per week to cover this if bills are not included.
Private housing contracts
While halls of residence contracts last for 40 weeks, housing contracts can last anywhere between 40 and 52 weeks and will vary depending on the property. Usually you would expect to pay a deposit of one month’s rent when signing the contract to secure your room.
When signing a contract for a private house or flat, make sure that you have read through it thoroughly and are happy with all aspects – including exactly how much you’ll be paying, how long you will be paying it for, and what’s included in your rent.
Get in touch with our accommodation team if you need any support, advice or guidance about private housing.
What facilities will I have in a private house or flat?
Most properties on the university-approved housing list will have 3 - 8 bedrooms with shared kitchens and bathrooms, laundry facilities, and appropriate furniture to cater for the number of students living in the property.
Your bedroom will usually include a bed, wardrobe, storage and desk, and many private houses will include a communal area or lounge. Some properties will come with further facilities such as a garden or parking spaces.