Student Advice can advise you on all housing issues. If you're having any issues with housing this year, we're here to help. Find out about booking an appointment here.
Getting the best out of your student house
1. Don't rush in
The first thing you need to remember when looking for a student house in Cardiff is that there are loads of student houses around. Houses become available throughout the year, so there really is no rush. As soon as you sign a housing contract with your friends, you'll be living with them for the whole of the next academic year. Be sure of where you want to live and who you want to live with before you look.
2. Know what to look for
If you're going to look around a house, it's helpful to know the right questions to ask and what to look for. To make this easier for you, we made a handy housing checklist which will ensure you know where to start. Before you go to a house viewing, print it off. This will make sure you don't miss any thing important every time you look around a house.
Download our house hunt checklist: English | Cymraeg
3. Be aware of upfront costs
Before you agree on a house, you may have to pay agency fees, other deposits and rent over the summer months when you are away from Cardiff. Make sure you're aware of all of these costs, and that any changes to the house are noted down in your tenancy agreement. you can read up on all of these costs in our housing booklet. You should also make sure your deposit is protected.
Download our housing advice booklet: English | Cymraeg
4. Get your contract checked
Before you sign your contract, make sure you get it checked. Student Advice offer a free contract checking service where we will check your housing contract for free, and offer any advice on clauses that need to be looked at further or ammended. We're an independent, impartial service so will make sure you've been given a fair deal. Find out about booking appointments with us here.
5. Know how to get settled when you move in.
When you do move into your house, we're still here if you have any problems. First off, have a look at our Housing Advice booklet and our other housing pages to find specific information about settling in. They're all on the menu on the left.
Have a look at our useful housing contacts.