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Rightmove's Student Guide to Renting

Guiding students through the renting process

Student guide to renting

Welcome to Rightmove's guide for student renting. Once you've completed your first year of University unscathed (hopefully!), it'll be time to move on to your second year accommodation. Rightmove is here to help you decide where and with whom to live with.

This guide is made up of 8 sections so you can choose the parts most relevant to you.

Choosing who you should live with

Students sitting in the park

Living with friends is always a popular choice for second year students – it's cheaper than renting alone, you can split the bills and best of all it's the most fun! Make sure you think carefully about who you should live with, before looking for a property.

Living in private halls

Students in a private hall

Though many students choose to live in shared accommodation after completing their first year, private halls are becoming an increasingly popular alternative that often provide additional onsite facilities included as part of the rental agreement.

Where to live


House-hunting can be exciting but it's also likely to be a stressful experience. The best student properties are often snapped up quickly so it's important to be organised and ready to begin looking for accommodation as soon as possible.

Be realistic about what you can afford

Calculator and forms

When renting a property, the monthly rent is unlikely to be your only expense. There will be other costs you should consider in order to calculate how much you and your new housemates can afford each month.

Viewing properties

hand ticking checklist

You've found the perfect housemates and have decided where you want to live… now you just need to find the property! Ensure you are prepared for viewing properties and know what questions you should ask

Securing a property

group of students sitting on a sofa

Once you've found a property that you all like and agree upon, your landlord or agent may ask for a holding fee or deposit to secure the property. Make sure you are clear on your obligations and rights as a prospective tenant.

Moving out of your property

Two students carrying boxes

Your tenancy agreement will provide you with all of the details regarding when your lease comes to an end along with anything else you are required to do when moving out of a property.

International students

Group of International Students

As an international student studying in the UK it can be difficult to understand which laws and rules apply to you, so it is essential that you do this research before coming to the UK.