Private sector house hunting

A house or flatshare in the private sector is the perfect choice for independence and a community lifestyle. After your first year, you'll almost certainly be looking for a house in the private sector. Whether you are a new or current student, to help you in your search we offer plenty of help, including online searches and events.

You can read information on this site, or ask us for advice, about issues related to renting, sharing a house and keeping safe and secure in accommodation that is rented to you by agents or individual landlords.

House hunting events

Top tips for finding a room
  • Look for a room on our online search StudentPad. You will need a password from your Residential Service
  • You may also find useful our Cambridge and Chelmsford agency lists below in related documents
It may be easier to find a whole house to rent than a room. You can contact potential housemates and find a house together. Find housemates on our message board, and look for a house together using Studentpad.

Everything you need to know about renting

We have put the advice you are likely to need in one guide - How to be a Happy House Hunter Guide below in related documents.

There is also a range of information available in the related links below (we suggest you read this).

About our private sector service

Please note that we provide an advice and referral service only. While we make every effort to assist students to find safe, secure and suitable accommodation any lease or other arrangement entered into are at the sole discretion of the student and the accommodation provider. The Residential Service does not visit or endorse any of the properties or those advertising them.
Before you pay any money, we recommend that:
  • you view any property before committing to a contract
  • you do not pay a deposit or rent in advance via the internet, and
  • you read our How to be a Happy House Hunter Guide
If you are in any doubt please contact your Residential Service for advice.

Related documents

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