Private sector accommodation

You can choose to live alone, live with housemates, or live with a landlord.

If you choose to live with others, think about how your group would manage the day to day running of the house. Bear in mind larger groups of six or more can find it more difficult to manage themselves. Before committing to anything, make sure you can get along with the people you decide you want to live with.

You should never feel pressured into choosing who you should live with. If you have doubts, it is best to take your time to think about your options thoroughly before signing a contract.

Looking for private sector accommodation

Viewing properties

Make a checklist of what you need and would like to have in your house. Look out for the safety and condition of the property and ensure fixtures and fittings are in good repair and working. Some things to think about include:

  • Are there signs of damp and mould?
  • Is the flooring worn?
  • Will you have to look after a garden?
  • Is there enough storage room for everyone?
  • Can you reasonably share bathroom and kitchen spaces?
  • Are the windows and door frames in good condition?
  • Could you easily exit the property if there were a fire or emergency?
  • Are there enough electrical sockets throughout the property?

Living off campus

Where can I find short-term accommodation?

The University offers a competetively-priced bed and breakfast service through York Conferences. 

You can often find shorter term accommodation on:

Will I lose my college membership if I live off campus?

No, even if you live off campus, you will remain a member of your college.

What is an HMO and how can it help me?

Houses in multiple occupation (HMO) licensing means that your landlord has extra legal responsibilities for ensuring there are adequate facilities for tenants. This includes meeting minimum requirements for the size and space of bedroom and the house, annual gas safety checks, and other necessary safety measures. 

It is likely that your house is an HMO if three or more unrelated tenants occupy the property and share basic facilities such as a kitchen or a bathroom. You can check if your house is an HMO on the City of York Council website.

Contact

If you have a question, need specific advice or would like help from a specialist adviser, please contact the Student Support & Advice Team in the Student Hub.

Office hours

  • Term time: 9am - 5pm, Monday to Thursday, 10am - 5pm Friday
    Vacation: 10am - 4pm, Monday to Friday