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What to do if you still haven’t sorted somewhere to live

April 23, 2012

If you still haven’t sorted accommodation out for next year, don’t worry, there are still plenty of options available to you.

What if you have housemates but no house?

  • A lot of student houses will already be signed for, but landlords and letting agencies will still have properties available. Check online to see which houses are still up for grabs or visit a letting agent to speak to them about finding a place.
  • Your university will probably have a student accommodation office who will be able to direct you to the most trustworthy landlords and give you any advice you might need in regards to finding a suitable house.

What if you don’t have anybody to live with?

  • Asking your friends is a good place to start to see if they or anybody they know has a spare room in their house that they are looking to fill. Asking around on Facebook or Twitter is a good way to find out who is looking for an extra housemate.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for advertisements around campus. People often put up information about their spare rooms in the main student areas along with contact details.
  • There are plenty of websites where people advertise spare rooms, such as accommodationforstudents.com. This is a great way to meet new people, though we would recommend meeting your new housemates before you agree to sign a contract with them.
  • Visit our SSAS facebook page where other students are advertising their spare rooms. Find us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Southampton-Student-Accommodation-Support/358722310817296
  • You can also apply to be in halls again. Apply online at https://www.onlineaccommodation.soton.ac.uk/eServices/login/start.do. The application deadline for this is the 30th March. Note that non-international students are not guaranteed a place in halls again, but you are welcome to apply.
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