Househunting during Covid-19


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Over the last couple of years, students have started to think about accommodation for the next academic year in November.  However, our advice this year, especially to first years, is to wait until after the University winter break before you sign up for accommodation. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that your University experience so far has been far from normal, and this will have a knock-on effect on your decisions regarding housing. 

The impact of COVID-19 on social distancing, teaching, and learning means there are a number of things you need to seriously consider when making decisions around accommodation for next year:

  • Due to social distancing restrictions, students are telling us it’s not been as easy to build the friendship groups that would naturally lead to housemate groups. Give yourself a bit more time to let these friendships develop.
  • Currently, restrictions are making it harder to view properties in person. Even with virtual viewings, you may not get the full picture about a property or be able to speak to current tenant’s about the house.
  • There is uncertainty about what teaching and learning will look like for the next academic year, which may influence your decision. Private-rented contracts aren’t anything to do with the University, so whatever decisions are made about your teaching and learning have no bearing on tenancy agreements.
  • We’d encourage you to talk to your loved ones over the University winter break, so you are making the right decision for you.

There is enough accommodation in Nottingham to house all students and rushing into agreements can lead to issues further down the line. 

Once you’ve signed up to a contract, you’ll still be legally liable for the contract even if you change your mind. The SU Advice team have a contract checking service and the team of fantastic Advisers are here to help.  We recommend that you have a look at the SU Advice team’s househunting advice and information  before you begin looking for accommodation. 

For more information, please contact  suadvice@nottingham.ac.uk

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