Before you move in

Looking for and securing a property can be a daunting prospect.

Housing truths

Myth: There are not enough properties in Canterbury to house all the students.

Fact: There is a good surplus of housing in Canterbury that can more than cater for all student needs.

House-hunting tips

  • Start looking in January. You can also check our returning student accommodation on campus (applications open mid-January). 
  • Search accredited propertiesLandlords that are accepted on the accreditation scheme have agreed to meet standards that go beyond the minimum legal compliance. You’re less likely to have problems with these landlords and you have additional support if you do.  

  • Don’t go alone to viewings, as the more members who view a house at the same time, the easier it will be to make a decision. Take lots of photos too, you’ll be looking at quite a few properties, you might need a visual reminder on which was which at the end of the day!

  • Ask lots of questions at your viewings. Ask if bills are included and try to have a chat with the current tenants and neighbours.
  • Be realistic – don’t take on more than you can afford.

  • Know your rights – if you need advice you can ask the Accommodation Office or Kent Union.

  • Note any faults and request that the agent/landlord confirms that these will be fixed in writing.

  • Think carefully before signing on the dotted line. Once you have it’s very hard to get out of the contract if you have second thoughts.

  • Don’t give out your bank or personal details over the internet. Only give this information to your landlord or agent once you have met them in person, viewed the accommodation and decided to go with it. And make sure you get a receipt.
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