Many students prefer to live independently in the local area rather than in halls of residence. You might choose to rent a room in a house or flat with other students, for example.
Don't forget that Accommodation team in the Student Life Centre is available to help if you need advice on contracts or have any other concerns about where you live. You might also like to view our list of frequently asked questions or our househunting overview.
Finding somewhere to live
- How do I find a property using a letting agent?
Lettings agents can help you find a suitable property, set up contracts and inventories for you. list of letting agents (PDF).
- What is the daily vacancy list and how do I use it?
Our free daily vacancy list advertises the latest room and property vacancies for Kingston students. It is usually available from June onwards. Read more.
- What is the student-to-student noticeboard and how do I use it?
The student-to-student noticeboard (managed through a closed Facebook group) lets you get in touch with other students who are looking for flatmates. It is usually available from June each year. Read more.
After you've moved in
- How do I get a smoke detector?
You can contact London Fire Brigade for a free . They will offer fire safety advice and fit a free smoke detector if needed. Read more.
- What is council tax exemption and how do I get it?
Most full time students are exempt from paying council tax. To prove you are exempt, your local council will normally require you to have a council tax exemption certificate. You can get one from any of the information points (located in any University LRC) once you've completed your enrolment.
- Do I need to take out insurance?
Yes, we strongly advise that you take out personal possessions insurance to cover any belongings you bring to Kingston. We accept no liability for loss or damage to personal property.
- What are my rights and responsibilities as a tenant?
Your tenancy agreement is a legal contract, which sets out the terms upon which you can occupy a property. You have the right to live peacefully in your flat or house. Read more.
- How can I be a considerate neighbour in the community?
A large number of students will live in private sector housing in the local community. We understand that it will be your first time living independently. Do try to fully integrate into your local community and for tips on how to do this please see the guidance drawn up in partnership with Kingston Council on how to be a considerate neighbour in the community (PDF).
- Can I get a discount on travel?
Yes, if you are a full-time student, you can apply for discounted travel on the network (some part-time students may also be eligible). Once you have enrolled, you'll be able to apply via My Kingston, our student intranet (remember you can't apply for the discount until after you have enrolled so please don't contact us yet!). Even better, we also run our own bus service between Kingston University campuses, which is free for students.