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.
What are the advantages?
Living independently gives you lots of flexibility. You can:
- live near your campus or elsewhere in the town;
- choose your own flatmates;
- find a property to suit your budget;
- pay your rent monthly; and
- choose your facilities (especially useful for couples or families).
What private accommodation options are available?
Private accommodation options in Kingston include:
- rooms in house or flat shares with other students;
- properties to rent as a group or family;
- studio and one-bedroom properties; and
- rooms in a property with a resident owner, sharing facilities with the householder (lodgings).
- Our Headed Tenancy Service for students in their second year and beyond – a variety of local properties managed by the University through KU Student Homes.
How will the University help?
We provide the following help when you're searching for a room or flatshare:
- KU Student Homes
The latest vacancies in local rented accommodation, from single rooms and lodgings to full house and flat shares. The list is available online and accessed via the KU Student Homes website.
- Student-to-Student Facebook group
Our Facebook group helps you get in touch with other students also looking for accommodation (available between June and September). Once you have identified potential flatmates, you can contact them and meet up to search for a property.
- Headed Tenancy
Existing students can apply here
Other useful places to look include and . We also have information about local lettings agents who can help you find accommodation in the area.
International students: Be extremely careful when seeking accommodation on the internet as cases of fraud are common. Never pay any money or sign documents before arriving in the UK and seeing the property.
Help and advice
If you want to live independently, view the following information:
- Getting started – you will find information on when to begin your search, types of accommodation available and some things to consider with group dynamics.
- Finding a property – you will see information on where to look for property.
- Viewing a property – you will learn what to look for. You can also find out about recent changes in housing law to do with energy performance certificates and houses of multiple occupations (HMOs) and some very important safety information.
- Signing up and your money – you will find guidance on references, guarantors, holding deposits, tenancy deposits and contracts. You will learn what to look out for with letting agencies and the importance of tenancy deposit protection schemes.
- Moving in – you must read the information regarding checking in to your property and completing an inventory. There is important advice on the simple things you need to do when you begin living at your new home in order to avoid unexpected problems later on. Also included is important safety information relating to gas, carbon monoxide and fire safety issues.
- Your rights and responsibilities – you will see guidance on your rights, your responsibilities and what you can expect from a landlord. You will learn what to do if you have maintenance problems and there is some advice on preventative measures.
- Moving out – you can read about what you need to do at the end of your tenancy or if you want to leave early. These tips will ensure you receive all your deposit back from your landlord and if you don't there is advice on what to do.