Welfare - Accommodation
Student Accommodation, Support, Advice and Information
||The Student Welfare Service can offer assistance to students for many of the challenges that come with living independently.
Some of the things we help prospective and existing students with:
|Advice and guidance on housemates, bills, safety and your legal rights as a tenant.||Finding a place to live can be daunting. This area breaks the task down to make it manageable|
The University provides pastoral care throughout accommodation, both in University owned residences and our students living in the private sector. Contact Us for further information or to make an appointment to speak to an Accommodation Officer directly.
If the resources here don't help you solve your accommodation issues, please contact us to make an appointment.
Finding suitable private accommodation
Many students choose to live in private accommodation during their time at Leicester; finding the right place to call "home" can be difficult. At Welfare, we keep up to date on the latest developments in student housing to be able to advise students on the best places to look, as well as finding accommodation suited to personal circumstances.
Checking housing contracts
Housing law in the UK can be complex, and for many students the tenancy contract they sign whilst studying with us will be the first tenancy contract they have entered into. Such contracts are not standardised, with many alterations or additions by each individual landlord. We offer a service of reading and checking the contract for any abnormalities, which we can then request be amended by the landlord prior to signing.
Advice on your rights and responsibilities as a tenant
As a tenant and resident of the local community, you have access to the same services as any other resident. We help and advise students on the services that can assist them. Where a noise issue arises, Welfare will seek to resolve the matter with the student rather than prosecutions or fines by the council.
Help resolving disputes with your landlord
It is not uncommon for tenants to have a dispute or disagreement with their landlord. These can be relatively minor, such as not effecting repairs quickly, minor damage to the property or more serious involving threats of legal action. We can provide advice, and sometimes advocacy, to assist students resolving these matters.
Mediation between housemates
Arguments and fallings-out are not uncommon amongst housemates, and usually contracts will mean that the parties can not always walk away. If it is appropriate, we can help students come to amicable terms of living together to remove tensions.
Maintaining good relationships with the local community
With a large student population, the area surrounding the University is home to many transient students. This can be of benefit to the local community as well as present it own unique set of challenges. The Welfare Officer (Accommodation) attends local liason meeting with the public and local services to meet the represent the interests of our students and address any concerns.