If you're hoping to secure a place in our Halls of Residence, please refer to our accommodation web pages.
Proving your Right to Rent for private sector accommodation
We understand that some international students will not be moving into University accommodation and may be hoping to secure a tenancy elsewhere. The Accommodation team are able to assist and advise you on private sector accommodation.
As an international student, you'll need to prove your right to rent before a property owner or landlord will enter into a contract with you. The easiest way to do this is to prove your right to rent with a share code and the property owner can carry out the Right to Rent check.
You can use this service if you:
- have a biometric residence card or permit
- have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
- applied for a visa and used the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app to scan your identity document on your phone.
Students who don't meet any of the above criteria and are hoping to secure a tenancy agreement before they arrive in the UK are still able to prove their right to rent but only after the student visa has been approved and you've received your passport with the entry clearance vignette. The Home Office has guidance online on how to prove your right to rent without the share code.
We've checked this guidance and believe international students will meet the requirements listed on page 5 of this document. There is also an FAQ section and there is a question concerning international students wishing to secure accommodation before arrival on page 14.
It should also be noted that a landlord cannot insist you use the online service if you can provide a document from the acceptable document list. They cannot discriminate against you because you need to prove your right to rent in a different way.