Housing

If you are planning on moving away from home and/or living in rented accommodation while you are at MMU it is important to check out the types accommodation available to you, how much it’s going to cost you and how secure your housing situation will be before you decide on the accommodation that is right for you.

 

View the booklet

 

QUICK LINKS

 

WHERE CAN I FIND ACCOMMODATION?


 

MMU HALLS OF RESIDENCE

MMU will do their best to accommodate you in halls of residence if you are a first year student however, priority will be given to

  • Care leavers

  • Students with a disability/ medical condition

  • Students outside the 25 miles radius

VICTORIA HALL

 

If you apply through MMU’s Accommodation Office, you may be placed in Victoria Hall, which is not owned by MMU but is private and has different terms and conditions.

MANCHESTER STUDENT HOMES

Manchester Student Homes advertises both private halls and privately rented student houses in Manchester. All their landlords are signed up to a Code of Standards, which means that they’re committed to offering safe, good quality housing and good management.

PRIVATE

 

You can also look for accommodation online, via letting agencies or private advertisements.

STUDENT SUPPORT PACKAGE

 

Since September 2012 MMU have offered some students, with a household income of £25,000 or less, a Student Support Package part of which can be used against MMU accommodation fees in your first year of study.

WHAT IS A TENANCY AGREEMENT?

REMEMBER

 

  • A contract is legally binding so read it carefully and check that you understand all the clauses.

  • Don’t be pushed into signing a contract, if your landlord won’t let you take a copy away to have it checked, you probably shouldn’t sign it.

  • Check what fees will be charged before you sign an agreement with a letting agency (credit checks or preparing a tenancy agreement).

  • Accommodation advertised privately or through private letting agencies will not be signed up to Manchester Student Homes Code of Standards.

A legal document that sets out the rights and responsibilities of both landlord and tenant containing all the terms and conditions of the tenancy such as

  • The length of the agreement

  • The rent payable

  • Repairs

  • Leaving the contract early terms

  • What is and isn’t allowed in the property

TENANCY DEPOSITS

 

Most private landlords ask new tenants to pay a deposit and the amount you’ll be expected to pay is typically equivalent to one month’s rent. With joint tenancies, a landlord may pool together each tenant’s deposit to create one bigger deposit, which by law must then be put into a Tenancy Deposit Scheme under a ‘lead’ (single) tenant’s name.

COMPLETING

THINGS TO KNOW

 

  • You don’t need to move out from the property at the end of a fixed-term tenancy unless your landlord has served you with the correct notice to leave.

  • When you move out your proprietor will typically make an inspection so that they can look for any damage or missing items.

  • You may get charged for any repairs, redecoration or missing items that weren’t noted on the inventory when you moved in. These costs can be high and can be deducted from your deposit or charged for separately.

  • You should not be charged for wear and tear.

  • Most landlords will want evidence of the fact that your utility bills have been paid before s/he will release the deposit to you.

CHECKLIST

 

  • Does the tenancy agreement mention leave notice?

  • Keys are returned on time

  • Take photos of the property left in a good state

  • Review contract and check costs for damages