FAQs

The aim of this page is to answer some of the most frequent questions that landlords ask. If you have a question that is not answered by this page please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail at housing@lon.ac.uk or call us on 020 7862 8880

  • How does the University of London Landlord Registration Scheme work?

    How does the ULHS Registration Scheme work?

    The University of London Housing Services (ULHS) is funded by the Colleges of the federal University and the University of the Arts London, Ravensbourne and The Royal College of Art. We are the largest student accommodation office in London catering for up to 140,000 students. We provide a range of services to the students of these colleges who are considering living, or live, in private rented housing. Please click here for a full list of our contributing Colleges.

    We maintain an accommodation database on our website where registered Landlords and Letting Agents advertise their available properties to our students and the University staff. In August and September the number of unique visitors to our website exceeds 40,000. Lists of these accommodation offers are also printed on a daily basis and made available in our office for students to collect.

    By becoming a member of our Registration Scheme, you will be able to advertise your properties to our students. Once registered, students will view your adverts online and make direct contact with you to arrange viewings and to rent your accommodation. access to the online database and printed lists of accommodation is restricted and only students and staff of our Contributing Colleges are able to access these adverts.

    Registration Requirements

    In order to become a ULHS registered Landlord, you will need to meet the following requirements:

    - Agree to abide by our Code of Good Practice for Landlords. The Code can be accessed here.

    - Provide us with details of a valid Gas Safety Certificate for all of the properties you wish to advertise.

    - Pay a registration fee dependant on the number of properties you wish to advertise:

    • Rooms in one property £25
    • Rooms in two properties £50
    • One complete Flat or House £25
    • Two complete Flats or Houses £50
    • 3 properties £75
    • 4 to 11 properties £100
    • 12 or more properties £150

    Registration is valid for one year.

    You can register online here

    *The requirements for a Letting Agency registration are different. If you are an Agent wishing to register, please click here*

    What happens next?

    Once you have submitted the required information and paid your fee we will check the details and contact you if any verification is needed. Once everything is in order, your registration will be complete and your advert will go live on our database for students to contact you to arrange viewings.

    We will send you an e-mail confirming this and provide you with your Landlord login details so that you can access and update your account.

    Updating

    Your registration will be for a period of one year and you will be able to advertise the properties you have paid for as many times as you like during this period.

    However, the adverts will not remain live on our database indefinately. in order for us to be able to keep our accommodation offers up-to-date, we ask that Landlords update their property adverts.

    Between October-July each year, adverts will need to be updated every two weeks. During our peak months of August and September, adverts will need to be updated every week.

    You can update via your online account or by telephone or e-mail and shall be sent details of this with your registration e-mail. If you do not update, your adverts will automatically be temporarily removed from our database and we shall attempt to contact you by telephone or e-mail when this happens.

    Support for Registered Landlords

    The ULHS provides some additional benefits for registered Landlords.

    We produce an annual newsletter designed to let Landlords know our view of the current rental market, prospects for the year ahead and important changes in legislation.

    We hold training events for Landlords periodically which cover a number of different topics and are designed to ensure that Landlords are kept up to date with the latest developments in housing legislation.

    We host an annual Landlord Forum for our landlords, where you have an opportunity to meet other landlords and stall holders and listen to presentations from expert speakers.

    We are always happy to arrange for you to visit the office to look at our facilities and demonstrate how your registration is set up, and your accommodation advertised, and provide you with any literature that could assist you as a Landlord.

    We regret that we are unable to offer registered Landlords advice where they have a problem with a tenant. We value our registered Landlords but are primarily a student service and we offer advice to students only. Click here for details of where you can recieve legal advice and support as a Landlord.

     

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  • What kind of accommodation do students look for?

    Although it is easy to assume that all students looking for private accommodation are 19-20 year old undergraduates looking for large flats and houses to share, in reality, students are a diverse group.

    Whilst the majority of students we deal with are in this category, we also deal with a range of different groups. There are a large proportion of mature and postgraduate students studying at the University of London, many of whom come to London looking for studio or one bedroom flats for themselves or sometimes accommodation for their partners and children as well.

    Similarly, budgets vary widely with some students about to afford £350 per week for a studio flat and others only able to afford £80 a week for a room in a flat-share.

    The majority of the students that use our service are looking to secure accommodation for at least an academic year (9-12 months.) However, sometimes students are looking for something short-term or flexible and these offers can also be listed on our database.

    The following are types of accommodation that students will consider when looking in the private sector, all of which can be advertised to students through our service.

    Self-contained flats or houses for groups

    A studio or one-bedroom flat for an individual or couple

    A room in a shared flat or house

    A room with a resident Landlord

    A place in private Hall of Residence 9large student blocks run by private companies rather than Universities)

    Students also need to consider whether their accommodation is suitable for studying and may also have different requirements to other tenants. these are some common requirements of student tenants:

    Furnished accommodation. Most students, especially those from outside of the UK will not have their own furniture. As well as the provision of basic furniture, many students would also find additional items useful e.g. kitchenware

    9 month contracts. undergraduate students may only want to rent during the academic year where possible (September to June)

    Conversion of living room to allow an extra bedroom. Students are often willing to sacrifice communual space if it can mean having an extra bedroom (and therefore person) in the flat/house to share the rent. Students may therefore sometimes ask Landlords if living room furniture can be replaced with furniture for an extra bedroom.

    Space for study desks in their bedroom and possibly the provision of desks.

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  • When do students look for housing?

    The busiest time of year for student lettings in London is between May-October, with the majority hoping to move into accommodation in September in time for the start of the academic year.

    In April we write out to all our registered Landlords and Letting Agents and invite them to advertise properties that they will have available for the next academic year. We then hold a Housing Fair for students at the beginning of May and distribute the first list of offers for the next Academic year at this event as well as publishing offers on our website the same day. This is a popular event and popular time for students wishing to secure accommodation for the next Academic year before they leave for a summer vacation.

    If students are not able to find something suitable at this time, they continue looking throughout the summer with the busiest period being August and September. The vast majority of students arrange their accommodation in August and September.

    Although these are the busiest times, students are still looking for accommodation throughout the year but not in the same volumes. Occasionally people need to move during the academic year and some students do not have the normal term dates as the majority, e.g. a PHd or research student could start at any time of the year. In the off-peak periods, the majority are searching for rooms in shared houses or studio and one bedroom flats and larger self-contained flats and houses for groups are not as popular.

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  • Where do students live in London and how much rent do they pay?

    For the majority of students, location is the number one priority. Most students want to live as close as possible to their college, preferably within walking distance, and are often willing to pay a higher rent to do so than if they have to take a tube or bus to College. Click here for all the locations of the different colleges in London. However, in reality many students are not able to afford or find accommodation in their preferred location and so students live in all different areas of London.

    Below is a list of the most popular student postcodes in London. Statistics have been collated from advertisements posted on our flatsharing messageboard (01/01/2013-31/12/2013). Rents shown are average rents for a single room (exclusive of bills) in a shared flat/house. Percentages refer to the number of students, in the overall sample, who are living in that particular postcode. The three rental figures refer to the median price according to posts on our flatsharing messageboard (ULHS Average), the median price according to the Mayor of London's rent map (London.gov Average) and the average of the two figures (Median Average). A * symbol denotes that there is insufficient data available.

    Postcode ULHS Average London.gov Average Median Average Sample Size
    NW1 £153 £150 £151 16.4%
    WC1 £165 £167 £166 6.2%
    N1 £156 £127 £142 4.7%
    W1 £225 £175 £200 4.0%
    E1 £137 £128 £133 3.6%
    SE1 £123 £108 £115 3.6%
    N7 £138 £145 £142 3.3%
    SE5 £124 £121 £123 3.3%
    SE15 £110 £109 £110 3.3%
    N19 £124 £112 £118 2.9%
    NW5 £130 £140 £135 2.5%
    E3 £148 £125 £136 2.2%
    N6 £136 £109 £123 2.2%
    SE14 £115 £95 £105 2.2%
    SE16 £121 £130 £126 2.2%
    SE22 £122 £115 £118 2.2%
    N4 £141 £104 £123 1.8%
    NW10 £125 £134 £130 1.8%
    SW1 £170 £160 £165 1.8%
    SE4 £112 £100 £106 1.5%
    SE17 £113 £100 £106 1.5%
    SW7 £208 * * 1.5%
    SW8 £149 £127 £138 1.5%
    EC1 £225 * * 1.1%
    N3 £90 £94 £92 1.1%
    SE13 £112 £95 £104 1.1%
    SE23 £107 £110 £109 1.1%
    W2 £164 £173 £169 1.1%
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  • Why rent to students?

    Unfortunately the idea of letting to students has become associated with some negative stereotyping in the past. However, the majority of the Landlords and Letting Agents who let to students not only find it financially rewarding, but also find that as a tenant group, students are conscientiouss, reliable and easy to form good relationships with.

    Here are some of the benefits of letting to students:

    Demand

    Demand for rental accommodation varies dependent on the market. However, students will always be constant and in need of private accommodation. There are more than 140,000 students studying at our Colleges alone in London and 60% of these live in private accommodation. Student numbers increase each year and in London, in particular, demand for student accommodation is high. Many private developers have entered the student letting market in recent years and student block are being built all over the capital. The fact that big business has moved into the student housing market demonstrates that students are now widely considered to be a desirable tenant group.

    Money

    Unlike young professionals, students are often able to offer parental guarentors for their rent and students from University College London have the option of requesting their College to guarentee their rent. If a student doesn't pay their rent this gives you the option to pursue their parents (or sometimes College) for the amount outstanding.

    Students are also eligible for different loans and grants to support them with their study and housing costs. As well as helping to pay the rent, this means they often have access to the required upfront payments required before moving into private accommodation. By contrast young professionals will often be working with short term contracts or doing temporary work and may not have much disposable income. If they lose their employment it is likely that they will have difficulty keeping up with their financial commitments.

    Length of stay

    Students generally will be in need of accommodation for at least the academic year whilst studying and are therefore unlikely to want to move out early. Most courses are three years and many of our Landlords reap the benefits of having a settled group of tenants who will renew each year until they graduate and often afterwards when they remain in London to find work. Students are able to predict much more accurately how long they will need to stay at a property.

    Reliable and informed Tenants

    Students as a group in general are intelligent and well organised. In March of every year, the ULHS conducts a series of Housing Talks at our different contributing Colleges advising students about how to look for accommodation and their rights and responsibilities as Tenants when they find their accommodation. The ULHS will assist students in finding and securing accommodation as well as offering continued support throughout the year should they have any questions or problems relating to private accommodation. University of London students are, therefore, likely to be well informed about their obligations as Tenants and realise the consequences of their actions.

    What have Alexander Fleming, Mahatma Gandhi and John F Kennedy all got in common?

    Answer: They were all at one stage students of the University of London. University of London students are the professionals of the future and have embarked on an academic career at one of the most prestigious Universities in the world. They are serious people living in London for a serious purpose.

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