Lodgings are single rooms provided by householders, usually to international or EU students.
- Householders are asked to provide bedrooms containing a bed, a wardrobe, a chest of drawers and either a desk and chair for study purposes or a separate quiet area for study. Shared rooms or bunk beds are not suitable.
- Adequate heating, lighting, hot water and internet connection must be provided and should be included in the overall charge made to the student.
- The student will need access to the kitchen for the preparation of meals unless separate cooking facilities are available.
- Personal laundry is the student's own responsibility. Householders must allow use of the washing machine.
- Keys should be provided to the student on the understanding that they will be responsible for ensuring that doors are left secure and that the keys will be returned to the householder during the vacations and when the student leaves.
- The majority of households supply bed linen, pillows and other household items such as pots and pans.
It is essential that students clarify with householders what is included in the rent to avoid difficulties during the arrangement.
Health and safety requirements
Legislation requires any person who lets a room in premises containing a gas appliance or installation pipework to ensure that each appliance is checked for safety every 12 months by a Gas Safety-registered engineer or by British Gas.
- You must supply the accommodation team with a signed declaration saying you have a current Gas Safety Certificate.
- If letting rooms is conducted as a business it is also necessary to adhere to The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 1993. These regulations require all furniture and furnishings in rented properties to pass the 'cigarette test'.
Rent and deposits
- On accepting the accommodation, students will be required to pay a deposit - usually of three weeks' rent - and you should provide a receipt.
- If a student is unable to visit the accommodation in advance they should send written acceptance to the householder.
- You should agree with the student how frequently and by what methods they should pay the rent- we recommend that payments are made via Standing Order or bank transfer
- If either party wishes to terminate the arrangement, one full week's notice should be given from the day rent is normally due.
- If a student leaves without giving due notice, one week's payment in lieu may be required.
- Most students go home during the Christmas and Easter vacations; if a retainer is required, we would recommend a small charge of £30 per week.
- Occasionally, students may be away from their lodgings during term time (if they are attending a field course or have a 'reading week' or semester break, for example). In these circumstances students are expected to pay full rent. It is left to the discretion of the householder whether or not to make any reductions.
We suggest that householders make their house rules and the terms of their agreement absolutely clear to the student at the beginning of their letting. Clarifying matters (such as your smoking policy) will help avoid unnecessary misunderstandings later on.
- Students should inform householders if they expect to return late to their lodgings and be considerate not to disturb other members of the household when returning.
- The question of visitors is left to the householder. The householder's wishes on all matters concerning guests must be respected by the student; students who would like to entertain friends should first obtain permission to do so. Students should not ask to accommodate overnight guests except by prior arrangement.
- Use of any landline telephone should be agreed in advance.
Full-time students on courses lasting a full academic year are exempt from paying council tax.
- Single householders who receive a discount should not be affected provided that the student is studying at Kingston on a full-time course.
- Kingston Council will normally require a student to have a council tax exemption certificate. Students can obtain a council tax exemption certificate by visiting any information point, which are located in learning resources centres, or by requesting one via OSIS. Students must have an ID card or validated confirmation of enrolment form to get a certificate.
Terms and conditions
- The final arrangements for booking lodgings rest with the householder and the student.
- Householders and students are required to notify the accommodation team in the Student Life Centre of any change in circumstances such as the student leaving, a change in room vacancies or changes in the nature of accommodation being offered.
- Unless stated otherwise, lodgings accommodation is not approved by the University. The University can therefore take no responsibility for it.
- Please note that the University is committed to the fair and equal treatment of all individuals regardless of gender, age, disability, colour, race, ethnic or national origin, socio-economic group, sexual orientation, marital status, family responsibilities and religious or political beliefs.
To Advertise your Lodging
First, you need to register with our KU Student Homes Site by creating a personal log-in and account and pay the appropriate fee. Follow these simple instructions:
1. Please go to the KU Student Homes website
2. Click on "First time landlords register and check rates to advertise"
3. Read the instructions and then click on "Register your details online" under the "Register Online" section.
4. Complete the required details (you will need to ensure that browser pop-up blockers are disabled) and click "Submit"
5. To add a property, click "Add Property" - follow the instructions and add the property description including pictures, travel information etc. Please ensure that you specify in your description that the property is a Lodging with a Resident Landlord.
6. Once the property has been added, you then need to create an advert by clicking on the "Advert" tab at the top of the screen. Click on "Create Advert" and complete the details - make sure that you specify the length of let available.
7. Once you have created your advert it will come to the Accommodation Team for approval.
8. Upload an up to date Gas Safety Certificate.
Go to the "Certification" section on your Property Profile to upload the necessary certificate.