Advice for young people

This section covers some of the most common problems faced by young people, such as finding suitable accommodation, money matters, young parents and advice for students.

You can find out more about our Education service and how we provide information about housing and related issues to young people by visiting our Housemate website. Housemate provides information tailored to young people and has a dedicated Education section for teachers and other youth work practitioners.

If you’d like to speak with an adviser, call Shelter Cymru’s advice and support services on 0345 075 5005 or visit advice near you to find an advice surgery locally where you can talk to someone in person.

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.

Young people in care

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

Getting a place

Make sure you’re fully prepared by thinking carefully about where you want to live and who you want to live with

Leaving in a hurry

If you’re over the age of 16 and your parents or carers want you out of the house, you’ll probably have to go

Money matters

Before you move out and get your own place, work out a budget. Independent living could be more expensive than you think

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

Problem landlords

If you’re facing eviction and have nowhere to go, contact a local advice centre as soon as you can

Young parents

If you have children or are pregnant, you need to think carefully about what sort of place you need

Council problems

If you need a place immediately, the council’s housing department may have to house you – you don’t have to be sleeping on the street

Deposit protection scheme

When you pay a deposit for a privately rented property your landlord has to protect your deposit in a Government approved scheme

Advice for students

Click here for more information about the most common housing related problems faced by students.

Top 10 questions

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

Free 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.

Page last updated: Sep 11, 2017 @ 2:49 pm

This page was last updated on: September 11, 2017

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.