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.

You can also download our Accommodation Options chart.

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 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.

Council and housing association waiting lists
This section explains who is eligible for council and housing association 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.

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

Squatting
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 0345 075 5005.

This page was last updated on: January 14, 2019

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