House Hunting for Student Families in Leeds

Leeds House Hunting – Our Comprehensive Guide for Students with Families

You are in the right place to get the best advice from the student housing experts.

Before you Start Looking

Help in Finding the Right Accommodation for you 

The House Hunting Season 

Do a Thorough Search 

Use the Support that’s Available 

Accreditation for Student Families 

Housing Myths and Rumours 

In Short … 


Before you Start Looking

First, make sure you have read Unipol’s advice on things you need to know before you start house hunting. Taking a bit of time to arm yourself with some sound knowledge pays dividends: you’ll make better decisions and are more likely to be happy with the deal you get, the price you pay and your living arrangements generally.

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Help in Finding the Right Accommodation for You

Finding accommodation that is right for you is an important part of University life. It is vital you get the right support to help you explore the options fully and make informed decisions.

The key sources of support are your institution, Unipol and your students’ union. Institutions and students’ unions will provide advice and information on accommodation. Unipol offers advice, information and a letting agency service.

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The House Hunting Season

Every city in the UK with students has a different time and method for finding student accommodation. It is estimated that in Leeds over 27,000 students will live in privately rented accommodation. Most will be students not in their first year of undergraduate study.

In Leeds there is an administrative start date to house hunting. For next year’s houses (those available from July) this is normally the first Saturday after the examination period. The start date of house hunting is there to increase choice and transparency in the letting market; to ensure that there is a decent amount of comparable property for you to choose from; and to allow you to plan your house hunting.

Don’t let the start date panic you into renting something you don’t want. There remains a surplus in Leeds and good quality accommodation is available throughout the year. Don’t rent before the start date unless you are staying with your existing landlord. Those that do often pay more. Unipol and your university will provide you with information before the start date to help you make sound, informed decisions.

During each year Unipol advertises over 16,000 bed spaces in off-street properties and new properties are added daily.

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Do a Thorough Search

Take your time and look at a good selection of properties. If you rush in and sign up for one of the first properties you look at, you may be lucky and land a good one. But the chances are that a thorough, more measured search will get you better accommodation at a better price. Be wary of landlords or agents applying undue pressure to make a decision on a property.

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Use the Support that’s Available

You can’t do better than using Unipol as a resource for supporting you in your search for accommodation for you and your family. Our services include:

  • Information and advice
  • Provision of a letting agency service
  • Administration of highly respected accreditation schemes

Extensive information and advice is provided on this website. If you want it in even more detail and you are in Leeds, call in and pick up a copy of our Housing tabloid, which is noq also available online. We offer the widest choice and largest number of accredited properties and bed spaces in Leeds.

Using this website, you can browse advertised properties and book viewings. Through us, you can get access to over 16,000 advertised bed spaces, displayed in a way that ensures transparency and no hidden bias.

As a measure of the popularity of Unipol and the leading services we offer, it’s worth noting that annually our website receives:

  • Over 200 thousand property searches
  • Over 106,400 visits

To supplement what we offer, you may wish to make the most of the support of your students’ union advice service and your institution, with whom we work closely. In doing so, you can be confident of making the right decisions at the right time.

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Accreditation for Student Families

As a student with a family, you should look for a property where the owner is a member of the Leeds Rental Standard, this is a major local accreditation scheme. In joining, member landlords of the scheme commit themselves to maintaining a minimum set of professional standards in housing and housing management. If you sign up with a member landlord, you will also have a formal means of making a complaint (if the need arises), which will be dealt with independently. Renting with a member landlord will give you added assurance about the property you rent.

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Housing Myths and Rumours

Every year some students fall foul of various housing myths and rumours such as:

  • There is a housing shortage – this is simply not true. In Leeds there is a surplus of good quality accommodation. Students who leave their house hunting until the summer before they return to university still secure good houses. This said, not all private rented sector housing is suitable for students with families, so for this reason the range of available accommodation is not as wide as it is for single students
  • All the best places go first – often students who sign up for houses too early are actually signing for properties left over from the previous year. Wait for the official house hunting start date when over 12,000 bed spaces are released on to the Unipol website for students to view.
  • Everyone pays sign up fees – many owners do not ask students to pay admin or sign up fees. If you don’t want to pay, choose an owner who doesn’t charge them. Unipol will not expect you to pay for setting up a contract. Ask what you are paying for.

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In Short …

  • Explore different areas of Leeds to decide where you want to live
  • Calculate how much you can afford (don’t forget gas electricity etc)
  • Discuss the amenities you want in the property. 

Finally, it’s a good idea to seek advice on the legal aspects of renting, on, for instance, your own contractual responsibilities and your landlord’s.  Contact your Students’ Union Advice Centre.

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