Housing advice for students

These pages aim to provide answers to some of the common housing related problems faced by students.

If you need further advice, call Shelter Cymru’s expert housing advice helpline on 0345 075 5005. You could also email our housing advice team, or, if you prefer, visit advice near you to find a local Shelter Cymru advice surgery where you can talk to someone in person. In some areas you may also be able to speak to our Shelter Cymru Live advisers online, by live chat and by webcam.

If you are a young person, you could also take a look at Housemate – an online resource produced by Shelter Cymru’s Education Service. It provides lots of practical advice and can support you make the right decisions about your housing.

Finding somewhere to live

Most students have to live on very little money and aren’t entitled to housing benefit. Finding a suitable place you can afford can be difficult »

Going to view a property

Privately rented properties are often let fairly quickly so if you find somewhere you might be interested in »

Tenancy deposit

Most landlords or letting agents ask for one month’s rent as a deposit. Some landlords ask for more than this »

Tenancy Deposit Schemes

Tenancy Deposit Protection (TDS) applies to all assured shorthold tenancies entered into after the 6 April 2007 where a deposit is taken »

Nuisances in your rented house or in your hall of residence

Mice waking you up in the middle of the night, chomping on your socks? Building work going on at the crack of dawn till late at night? »

Regulation and standards in student accommodation

There are a number of regulations in Wales which are designed to help protect student occupiers »

Council Tax

Council tax is a system of local taxation collected by local authorities. It is a tax on domestic property »

Harassment and illegal eviction

The law protects people living in residential property against harassment and illegal eviction »

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.

Page last updated: Jun 28, 2017 @ 4:16 pm

This page was last updated on: June 28, 2017

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