Finding a property
There is a strong private rented sector in Kingston and the surrounding areas, with a good range of properties available. The Accommodation Team in the Student Life Centre can help you to find the right place. There are multiple ways of finding a property:
The Daily Vacancy List (DVL) is a free service which advertises rooms available to students. The list features flats, houses and resident landlords. Updates are frequent so look at it regularly. Rents range from £75 to £110 per person per week excluding bills. Remember to also allow at least £15 per person per week for utilities (gas, electricity, water, insurance, TV licence and internet/telephone connection). Landlords will expect at least four to six weeks' rent as a deposit, plus a further month's rent in advance.
Landlords sign up to our recommended Code of Standards (PDF). However, the properties advertised on the DVL are not approved by the University and we do not take responsibility for them. The tenancy arrangement is between yourself and the landlord.
Download our list of local lettings agents (PDF) who can help you find accommodation in the area. Remember that properties for September are unlikely to be advertised until July.
Letting agents may be a more expensive option so ask for a list of their charges before you put your name down on their books. They cannot charge you a fee for finding you a property, but you may be charged admin fees for contract production, referencing, etc once a property has been found. Agents will also expect at least four to six weeks' rent as a deposit, plus a further month's rent in advance.
One way of choosing which agents to use is to check whether they're a member of a professional body or not. Three of the most reputable are:
- ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents);
- NALS (National Approved Letting Scheme); and
- NAEA (National Association of Estate Agents).
Details of their members can be found on their websites.
Please be aware: if you use a property website be extremely careful as cases of fraud are common.