There is a strong private rented sector in Kingston and the surrounding areas, with a good range of properties available. The accommodation advisers in the Student Life Centre can help you to find the right place. There are multiple ways of finding a property:
KU Student Homes is a free service that advertises student homes, rooms and lodgings in Kingston and the surrounding area. The listings are updated on a regular basis so we recommend you check it often if you are looking for a property. Rents range from £85 to £150 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.
Landlord contact details will be linked to their advert and all you need to do is contact them to arrange property viewings, contract signings and deposit and rent payments.
Letting agents may be a more expensive option so ask for a list of their charges before you register with them. They cannot charge you a fee for finding you a property, but you may be charged fees for contract production, referencing, etc once a property has been found. Agents will also usually 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:
Details of their members can be found on their websites.
Police are urging students to be aware of fraud when paying for accommodation up front and have issued guidance on best practice.