Contract Length

Contract Length

Many students with families are undertaking postgraduate research programmes. This may mean that they begin their studies in Leeds outside the standard academic year. The standard letting year for student accommodation in the private rented sector in Leeds is broadly aligned with the standard academic year. In recent times about half of all lets in the private rented sector have been for a 52-week letting period, commonly from 1 July to 30 June the following year. Some landlords offer a summer rent concession (often a rent-free period or half-rent for July and August), which it is always worth trying to negotiate if it fits your needs.

A July – June contract may fit neatly with your study cycle. However, if you are scheduled to begin your studies during the course of the standard letting year, you need to bear the standard arrangements in mind. An accommodation provider may offer you a contract for a part-year, ie from when you move in to the end of June or to the end of the summer before the next academic year starts. It may be possible to renew the tenancy for the following twelve months, but check this with the landlord and try and negotiate a contract length that suits your needs. Alternatively, you may need to – or want to – look for different accommodation for the period beyond the end of June.

Be aware that most accommodation services get very busy over the late summer period and finding accommodation at this time can be particularly time-consuming. If you do plan to find accommodation in late summer, it's best to look for a house before the third week of August.

As a further cautionary note, remember that, as a student looking for family accommodation, your choice is likely to be more limited than it is for students looking for larger houses for sharing, because it is these larger houses that make up the bulk of the student market in the private rented sector.