Finding a place to live

Finding a place to live can be difficult. Whether you need emergency housing or want to rent somewhere long-term, it’s important to find somewhere that suits your needs and to understand the rights each option would give you.

You also need to be realistic about what you can afford and what is available. You may not find what you want within your budget.

Take a look at the pages below to find out more about each option. 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 need a place for tonight, there are a number of different options

Renting privately
This section tells you what to consider when deciding whether or not to rent privately

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.

Housing co-ops
This section gives basic information about housing co-ops and how to get a place in one

People with special requirements
If you think that you need help or adaptations so that you can stay in your home, or are considering moving to a home where you can receive help, or 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.

Mobile homes
This section explains 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
This page considers some of the issues to consider, and provides useful links if you need further information

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.

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.