When starting out with your search for accommodation it is important that you take your time and choose the right type of accommodation for your needs. Before you can start looking for suitable accommodation there are a few things to think about.
Your home will impact on your wellbeing, relationships, lifestyle and health so make sure you take your time and make an informed decision.
Who do you want to live with?
Start by deciding whether you want to rent in a group or if living with a resident landlord would benefit you more.
|Resident landlord||House share|
|You are a lodger and do not have tenant rights||Covered by the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985|
|No requirement to give notice to end the agreement||The landlord must provide written notice to end your tenancy (Section 21)|
|A resident landlord usually offers a more flexible contract||Often no option to end your tenancy or replace yourself|
|Only responsible for your own rent, guarantors often not required||Jointly responsible for the rent of the whole property|
|Bills are usually included in the rent||Collectively responsible for the household bills|
When choosing who to live with make sure to discuss your schedules, needs, expectations and budget.
Work out your budget
Take into account that utility bills are usually not included and you will have to take out content insurance to protect your belongings.
The University offers a guarantor scheme for returning students.
Plan your location
View our map of Guildford (PDF) which provides an overview of areas and rents in Guildford.
As Guildford is highly competitive area for student accommodation you should also consider nearby towns that all have good transport links to the University: