Advice for young people

This section covers some of the most common problems faced by young people, such as finding suitable accommodation, money matters and dealing with private landlords. It also has lots of advice if you are a  student, care leaver or a young parent.

Shelter Cymru has a dedicated Education and Youth Service – providing information about housing and related issues to young people, teachers and other youth work practitioners. Visit our Housemate website to find out more.

Contact us

For urgent advice please call our expert housing advice helpline on 0345 075 5005

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

Advice near you

Advice near you
Shelter Cymru operate numerous advice centres and surgeries across Wales. To find out when there is an adviser in your area, visit advice near you and find your local area.

Emergency help

If you need emergency help, or need to leave your home in a hurry, try and get advice as soon as you can.

Getting your own place

Before you find your own place make sure you’re fully prepared – look at all your housing options and think carefully about where you want to live and who you want to live with.

Leaving in a hurry

If you have to leave home in a hurry, there are options available to you. Try to get advice as soon as you can to find the solution that works best for you.

Needing help right now

If you find yourself in a situation where you have nowhere to stay, don’t panic : get advice as soon as you can.

Money matters

Before you move out and get your own place, try and work out a budget. Independent living could be more expensive than you think so you need to be sure you can afford it.

Problem landlords

Renting a place from a private landlord does not always run smoothly. See some of the most common problems and what you can do to sort them out.

Young people in care

Leaving care and getting your own place is a big step, so it’s important that you’re well prepared.

Young parents

If you are a young parent, you may be able to get some help with housing and you might be eligible for some benefits or other financial help.

Advice for students

If you a student, have a look here for lots more information about your housing options and common problems you might face.

Top 10 questions

Read the top 10 questions we get asked here at Shelter Cymru, and the answers our expert housing advisers have given.

Young people resources

We have a number of free resources to download for young people and professionals working with young people, including Shelter Cymru’s online resource Housemate.

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 0345 075 5005.

Shelter Cymru acknowledges the support of Shelter in allowing us to adapt their content. The information contained on this site is updated and maintained by Shelter Cymru and only gives general guidance on the law in Wales. It should not be regarded or relied upon as a complete or authoritative statement of the law.

This page was last updated on: May 24, 2018

Shelter Cymru acknowledges the support of Shelter in allowing us to adapt their content. The information contained on this site is updated and maintained by Shelter Cymru and only gives general guidance on the law in Wales. It should not be regarded or relied upon as a complete or authoritative statement of the law.