Accommodation in Leeds

Types of Accommodation Provider 

Types of Accommodation Available for Students with Families 

Utility Costs 

Contracts 

Accommodation Suitable for Students with Families: Supply and Demand 

Leeds – a City that Leads the UK in Providing Suitable Accommodation for Students with Families 

University of Leeds and Unipol: Family Accommodation Available to University of Leeds Students 

The Private Rented Sector 


Types of Accommodation Provider

In Leeds the main providers of accommodation suitable for families are:

  • Unipol Student Homes
  • The University of Leeds
  • Landlords and agents who let and manage houses in the private rented sector

As part of its wider partnership with Unipol, the University of Leeds is able to allocate a number of places in Unipol-managed accommodation directly to students who are registered for full-time study at the University.

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Types of Accommodation Available for Students with Families

For students with families, suitable accommodation in Leeds is likely to be of one of these types:

  • Self-contained apartments / flats (including maisonettes). In Leeds, most of the available accommodation of this type which is properly suitable for families is provided by Unipol. Some of this is allocated by the University of Leeds and some by Unipol. These flats are located in buildings reserved, in full or in part, for students with families.
  • Houses let by private landlords.

Self-contained apartments / flats are generally arranged over a single floor within a larger building containing similar units. None of the facilities in a self-contained flat are shared: it should have its own bathroom, toilet and kitchen, in addition to bedrooms.

Maisonettes are a type of self-contained apartment in which, generally, the rooms are laid out over two floors and which have their own exterior entrance.

A bedsit is a room which contains some form of self-contained amenity, normally a small kitchen or separate washing facility. Bathrooms and toilets are usually shared with other residents. Bedsits are usually for one person, but larger ones may be suitable for a couple. They account for only a small part of the accommodation for students in Leeds.

A studio flat will typically have a kitchen-diner with sleeping accommodation fully integrated into the living space, plus a separate bathroom / WC. Although usually for one person, larger studio flats may be suitable for a couple. You need to be aware that studio flats are normally the most expensive type of accommodation available to students and you should think seriously about the cost before renting.

A house may be detached, ie a stand-alone building; it may be semi-detached, one of a pair of houses which together form a single building; it may be terraced, one of a number of houses which each share a side wall with the neighbouring house(s), together forming a row of houses in a single building; or they may be back-to-back, where the house, as well as being terraced, shares its back wall with the house behind.

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Utility Costs

Apartments / flats and studio flats allocated by Unipol, the University of Leeds and commercial providers are likely to have utility costs (energy, water charges and internet) included in the rent, but always check before signing anything.

Houses and bedsits provided by landlords may or may not have energy charges included in the rent, although for most accommodation let by private landlords water charges are included. You will need to check whether internet services are included as part of the offer; whether these are included in the rent; or whether it is up to you to sort out and pay for this service with an internet provider directly.

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Contracts

The vast majority of students will sign a contract to rent accommodation called an Assured Shorthold Tenancy. For more information on contracts, please click here 

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Accommodation Suitable for Students with Families: Supply and Demand

Demand for accommodation suitable for students with families is always in short supply. The University of Leeds is not currently in a position to make a guarantee of an offer of accommodation to all their students with families.

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Leeds – a City that Leads the UK in Providing Suitable Accommodation for Students with Families

Many university towns and cities in the UK offer no or very low levels of accommodation that are suitable for students with families. In these locations students are left to sort out accommodation as best they can. Often this involves making significant compromises on what they want and what they consider to be suitable or adequate.

By contrast, Leeds as a city offers a range of accommodation suitable for students with families. This is because:

  • Unipol and the University of Leeds have worked hard to establish a portfolio of accommodation in Leeds that meets the needs of students with families at an affordable price.
  • Standards in rented housing and housing management in Leeds are generally good and improving, thanks to the strong and influential presence of accreditation schemes in the city.
  • for students with families searching for accommodation, Unipol provides comprehensive information, guidance and support which is not driven by a commercial profit motive.

A strong partnership between the University of Leeds and Unipol over many years is a key factor in being able to offer a portfolio of accommodation for students with families in Leeds. The University of Leeds, together with Leeds Beckett University and their respective students’ unions, set up Unipol as a not-for-profit charity in the 1970s. All founding members maintain a strong interest in, and provide continuing support for, the work of the charity. Unipol specialises in providing student family accommodation directly and the University of Leeds is able to allocate students to much of this provision directly. The University also has some accommodation of its own suitable for families.

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