Market Conditions Leeds

Get the big picture and understand your local housing market including info on average rents and the right time to start looking

Market Conditions Nottingham

Get the big picture and understand your local housing market including info on average rents

Market conditions - Bradford

If you have an understanding of your local housing market, you'll be better positioned to gauge what quality of accommodation is available, what a reasonable rent is, whether there is a shortage or surplus and when to start looking.

What you need to know before you start looking for somewhere to live

Before you start looking, arm yourself with the facts and the knowledge to help make sure you find the accommodation that best fits you - at the right price and in the right place

Types of accommodation

Types of accommodation and their availability are generally similar across different university towns. Take some time deciding what type best suits you. Below are brief descriptions of the types of accommodation  typically available to students.

Quality

Quality can vary a lot - and that includes within the same price bracket. Make sure you get the quality of accommodation at the right end of the spectrum.

When to start looking - Leeds

          

Contract length

Although these can vary, the market is characterised by typical or 'standard' lengths of contract for first year and returning students in the private rented sector.

Bradford House Hunting - our comprehensive guide

Everything you need to know to find the right property for you.

Leeds House Hunting - our comprehensive guide

Everything you need to know to find the right property for you - including who to share with, when to start looking, how to get the most out of the help available

Who to share with

If you are going to enjoy living in your  accommodation, who you choose to live with  - or whether you opt to live alone - is likely to be as important a decision as where you live.

Why third years get the best houses

A commonly held view is that 3rd year students get the best houses. Learn from the experts how to secure your dream home.

Renting from a Managing Agent - Leeds

Increasing numbers of landlords do not rent out their properties directly. Instead they choose to use a managing agent to do this for them.

Renting from a managing agent - Bradford

Many landlords do not rent their properties directly and choose to use a managing agent to do this for them. The best managing agents are as good as the best landlords, but it also important to consider some specific issues in dealing with managing agents.

Renting from a Managing Agent - Nottingham

Many landlords do not rent their properties directly and choose to use a managing agent to do this for them. The best managing agents are as good as the best landlords but it also important to consider some specific issues in dealing with Managing Agents.

How to view a property

Find out what to watch out for when viewing properties. Use our property checklist to make sure you don't miss anything important.

Viewing a Property: Checklist

Running through this checklist will give you a reasonably thorough survey of any house you are thinking of renting:Running through this checklist will give you a reasonably thorough survey of any house you are thinking of renting:

Deposits

Everything you need know about paying them and getting them back

Tenancy Deposit Protection

Tenancy deposit protection (TDP) schemes guarantee that tenants will get their deposits back at the end of the tenancy, if they meet the terms of the tenancy agreement and do not damage the property. TDP is designed to encourage landlords and tenants to draw up clear tenancy agreements and will provide an impartial adjudication process in the event of any dispute.

Tenancy Deposit Protection: Enforcement Pack

If you have an Assured Shorthold Tenancy and have paid a deposit legally the deposit you pay must be protected by your landlord.

Standard Letters

There are standard letters for tenants to send to their landlord, agent and TDP scheme administrator. Please read the enforcement pack which explains which letter is applicable to your circumstances.

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

Find out what EPCs are and how they could save you money.

Contracts

Find out about the different types of contracts and agreements as well as common issues that arise.

Model tenancy Agreements

Unipol has developed its own tenancy agreements in consultation with landlords and student tenants. It is important to remember that the tenancy agreement you sign becomes legally binding and is a complex legal contract. We are aware that they can be confusing and difficult to understand. That is why we have provided guidance and information on what to expect and what things mean.

A guide to moving in and out of properties

What you can do to make moving as stress-free as possible.

Living in the community - Leeds

Find out how to get on with longer term members of the local community, how to stay safe and how to contribute positively to community life

Living in the community - Bradford

Find out how to get on with longer term members of the community, how to stay safe and how to contribute positively to community life

Living in the community - Nottingham

Find out how to get along with longer term members of the local community, how to stay safe and how to contribute positively to community life

Students Studying at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD)

Unipol works in partnership with the Northern School of Contemporary Dance to offer advice and information on finding suitable accommodation.

Disrepair - Leeds

Who is responsible for repairs and what to do if they are needed.

Disrepair - Bradford

Who is responsible for dealing with problems and what to do if things go wrong

Disrepair - Nottingham

Who is responsible for repairs and what to do if they are needed

Help and Advice - Leeds

Your Unipol Housing Hub team and listings of other agencies offering housing advice and support.

Help and Advice - Nottingham

A listing of who is who at Unipol and other agencies offering housing advice and support.

Help and Advice - Bradford

A complete listing of who is who at Unipol and other agencies offering housing advice and support.

Drop in and Support Services - Bradford

Unipol Bradford hosts a legal advice service provided by Chadwick Lawrence LLP Solicitors, a respected firm based in Leeds. They provide a wide range of legal services and have a specialist housing law department which deals with all landlord and tenant problems.

Pest control - Leeds

Treatment is available from your local authority environmental health department for a range of pests that commonly affect the home.

Pest control - Nottingham

Treatment is available from your local authority environmental health department for a range of pests that commonly affect the home.  

Pest control - Bradford

Treatment is available from your Local Authority Environmental Health Department for a range of pests that commonly affect the home including:

Council Tax - Nottingham

In each area the local authority collects Council Tax to help fund local services, including education, police and fire. The charge is based on the value of the property, and is paid yearly.

Council Tax - Leeds

In each area the local authority collects Council Tax to help fund local services including education, police and fire. The charge is based on the value of the property, and is paid yearly.

Council Tax - Bradford

In each area the local authority collects Council Tax to help fund local services including education, police and fire. The charge is based on the value of the property, and is paid yearly.  

UKCISA guidance for new international students seeking accommodation - Leeds

This is a major resource of information and advice for international students looking for accommodation

UKCISA guidance for new international students seeking accommodation - Bradford

This is a major resource of information and advice for international students looking for accommodation

UKCISA guidance for new international students seeking accommodation - Nottingham

This is a major resource of information and advice for international students looking for accommodation.

Nottingham House Hunting - our comprehensive guide

Everything you need to know to find the right property for you including who to share with

Utility Bills

Utility bills need paying - there's no getting away from it. But you can reduce the pain by following our advice.

House Hunting Booking Form - Postgraduates

Book your place on a Unipol House Hunting Event

City Centre Living

Thinking of living in the City Centre? Find out more about finding accommodation and the amenities on offer.

Know your rights - Contracts, Deposits, Repairs and more

Living in a rented property is governed by law and regulation. As well as placing responsibilities on you as a tenant, this also gives you rights.

Viewing a Property: Checklist

Running through this checklist will give you a reasonably thorough survey of any house you are thinking of renting:Running through this checklist will give you a reasonably thorough survey of any house you are thinking of renting:

Viewing a Property: Checklist

Running through this checklist will give you a reasonably thorough survey of any house you are thinking of renting:Running through this checklist will give you a reasonably thorough survey of any house you are thinking of renting:

Help and Advice - Bradford

A complete listing of who is who at Unipol and other agencies offering housing advice and support.

Drop in and Support Services - Bradford

Unipol Bradford hosts a legal advice service provided by Chadwick Lawrence LLP Solicitors, a respected firm based in Leeds. They provide a wide range of legal services and have a specialist housing law department which deals with all landlord and tenant problems.

Pest control - Bradford

Treatment is available from your Local Authority Environmental Health Department for a range of pests that commonly affect the home including:

Council Tax - Bradford

In each area the local authority collects Council Tax to help fund local services including education, police and fire. The charge is based on the value of the property, and is paid yearly.  

House Hunting Booking Form - University of Leeds International students

Book on Unipol's House Hunting Event for International Students

Postgraduate and International Students

New to Nottingham? Unipol can help you secure suitable accommodation, offering lots of advice along the way.

Information for Tenants on Rights of Redress against Agents and Property Managers

If you are a tenant in the private rented sector and you're unhappy with the way you have been treated by a lettings agent or property manager, here's how to make a complaint to a redress scheme.

Money Matters

Money matters - read here our top tips for keeping you in the black

Checklist for moving in and out

Use our checklist to keep you on track

What area should I live in?

Deciding on a location to live in is always a top priority, but what if you do not know where to start? Use our online area guides  

Study Abroad and Erasmus students

Coming to the UK? Let Unipol help you find your home away from home

Want your dream home? You are in the right place

House Hunting with Unipol gives you access to the better landlords

The Unipol Code: delivering better landlords and agents

We understand, all you want is a great home that's safe, got the amenities you want from a landlord who is fair.  

Unipol - We make house hunting easy

Looking for your dream student home? Unipol can help

The Unipol Code: delivering better landlords and agents in Leeds

We understand, all you want is a great home that is safe, and has the amenities you want from a landlord who is fair.

Unipol - We make house hunting easy- Leeds

Looking for your dream student home? Unipol can help

The Unipol Code: delivering better landlords and agents in Bradford

We understand, all you want is a great home that is safe, got the amenities you want from a landlord who is fair.  

Unipol - We make house hunting easy

Looking for your dream student home? Unipol can help 

Want your dream home? you are in the right place

your dream property is a click away

Rate Your Landlord terms and conditions

The terms and conditions for posting a review on Rate Your Landlord. Here's what you need to know.

Rate Your Landlord

Rate Your Landlord gives students an opportunity to review their renting experience that will help future students in the house hunting process.  

Right to Rent - A Guide for Students

Under the Immigration Act 2011, every landlord is required by law to verify the immigration status of their prospective tenants.  Find out how this is likely to affect you.  

Homeshare - affordable alternative for students

Homeshare is an affordable housing option - find out more.

Student Exemption Certificates for Council Tax

Need to show you are a full time student for Council Tax exemption purposes?  Find out more here.

Help - I'd like to make a complaint

Want some help in resolving an issue with your accommodation provider? Unipol can help 

Nottingham House Hunting Checklist 2019

Prepare for House Hunting in Nottingham with Unipol House Hunting starts 9th November 2019  

Bradford House Hunting Checklist 2020

Unipol has been working on this checklist for you which should get you fully equipped with the tools you need for house hunting in 2020.  

House hunting on your own? We've got you covered.

Whether you’re looking for a group of likeminded students to meet and house-share with, or you’re looking to rent an individual room in a shared flat or house, we have you covered.  

House hunting on your own in Bradford? We've got you covered.

Whether you’re looking for a group of likeminded students to meet and house-share with, or you’re looking to rent an individual room in a shared flat, we have you covered.  

House hunting on your own in Leeds? We've got you covered.

Whether you’re looking for a group of likeminded students to meet and house-share with, or you’re looking to rent an individual room in a shared flat or house, we have you covered.  

House hunting on your own in Nottingham? We've got you covered.

Whether you’re looking for a group of likeminded students to meet and house-share with, or you’re looking to rent an individual room in a shared flat or house, we have you covered.  

Urban Garden Arts Project

Urban Garden Arts Project

Nottingham Priority Mailing List

Nottingham Priority Mailing List

Bradford Priority Mailing List

Join the Bradford Priority Mailing List and receive up to date information about student housing     

Leeds House Hunting Checklist

We've put together this checklist for you which should get you fully equipped with the tools you need for house hunting.

Not found a group to live with next year?

Many students start worrying that they have not found a group to live with for their next academic year. Here are some options for students House Hunting on their own.

Unipol Focus Group - 4th March 2020 2:30pm

Join our focus group on the 4th of March at 2:30pm for 1 hr 30 mins. Each attendee will receive £20.