Finding a place to live

Use the pages below to work out what your options are and how to find a place that is suitable for you.

Be realistic about what you can afford and what is available.

If you are under 25, and looking for a place of your own, take a look at our Setting up your first home advice, specifically put together for young people.

For urgent advice please call our expert housing advice helpline on 08000 495 495

or, for non-urgent enquiries please use our email advice service. An adviser will aim to reply to emails within five working days.

Emergency accommodation
If you are on the streets or need a place in an emergency, have a look here at the options you might have.

Renting privately
Have a look at what to think about when deciding whether to rent a place from a private landlord, and how best to find a place.

Community landlord waiting lists
This section explains who is eligible for community landlord properties, how to apply and how they decide who to house first.

People with special requirements
If you need help or adaptations so you can stay in your home, or are thinking of moving to a home that is more suitable for your needs, this section will help you look at your options.

Student accommodation
Finding a place to live on a student budget can be difficult, but there are options available, including private renting. Take a look at your options here.

Housing co-operatives
This section gives basic information about housing co-operatives and how to get a place.

Mobile homes
Take a look at your rights if you own or rent a mobile home such as a caravan or a park home, or if you rent a pitch to place it on.

Have a look at some of the issues to consider before deciding to live on a houseboat.

Squatting does not provide you with any security and you can be evicted from a squat very easily.

We are sorry that we cannot provide this information in Welsh, however if you would like to speak to an adviser in Welsh please contact 08000 495 495.

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This page was last updated on: Ebrill 26, 2023

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