Where can I find information about accommodation in the private sector?
The University’s Community Living team is here to support you every step of the way if you’d like to rent accommodation privately. You can get in touch with them and browse dedicated resources through the Community Living website.
Students have access to the University’s official off-campus property search engine, UoB Property Search, which is managed by Community Living and fuelled by Studentpad. You can search for all types of short- and long-term accommodation on here and rest easy knowing that you’ll only see adverts from recognised members of the Birmingham private renting community.
Only landlords and letting agents who are members of Community Living’s Lettings Membership Scheme, and who have pledged to follow the University’s Code of Conduct, can advertise on UoB Property Search. We therefore guarantee at least a minimum set of accommodation standards.
What areas are close to the University?
Most students live in Selly Oak, Harborne or Edgbaston.
I have a room available in the private sector, can I advertise it?
Yes, you can advertise it through UoB Property Search’s message board, but Community Living will need to see the gas certificate first. Your landlord should be able to provide you with this.
I haven’t got my deposit back, what can I do?
All deposits should be covered by deposit protection schemes. You’ll need to contact the relevant scheme and they can tell more. Your landlord or letting agent will be able to tell you which scheme your deposit was protected with. If you need any more advice, please call into the Student Living office in University Centre.
My deposit hasn’t been returned in full. Can I dispute this?
Yes, the deposit protection schemes all have dispute services where all issues can be resolved.
Where do I find the council tax exemption form?
You’ll find this and frequently asked council tax exemption questions on our council tax page. Make sure you’ve registered your term-time address online.
I need short-term accommodation, can you help?
Community Living can support your search for short-term accommodation in the private sector. Pop in and see the team in the Student Living office in University Centre or book a virtual appointment online.
Can you check my contract for me before I sign it?
We recommend that you get your contract checked, even if it’s from a reputable company. You can do this easily using Community Living’s free, online contract checking tool or by visiting the Community Living team in person. You can also book a virtual appointment with the team.
We’ll be able to point out any important information about charges, what’s expected of you as a tenant, and what rights you have regarding your landlord. We also recommend that you always view the property before you sign a contract.
What do I do if I have issues with my landlord?
When sorting out any issues yourself, make sure you put any requests/complaints in writing to your landlord. If you continue to have problems, please visit the Community Living team.
I’m a landlord – how do I advertise my property to students?
First, you need to be a member of Community Living’s Lettings Membership Scheme (LMS). Second, your property needs to have up-to-date gas and electric safety certificates and an energy performance certificate. You’ll then have all the relevant certificates and approvals to advertise on UoB Property Search, which you can do so for free until July 2024.