Accommodation away from halls of residence often appeals to older students, but living in private rented accommodation is something that most of our students experience at some point during their time with us.
We can help you find accommodation in the private rented sector. If you choose this option, it is essential that you begin your search as early as possible as there is high demand for accommodation towards the beginning of term.
Finding private rented accommodation
Middlesexstudentpad is a good place to start your search. It features up-to-date details of rented accommodation, including landlords' contact details, and details of rent and other relevant information, and can be accessed all year round. The site includes a message board facility allowing students to post messages to one another about issues surrounding student housing.
Students are advised to verify all the details shown on the Middlesexstudentpad website with the owner before accepting any accommodation. See our house hunting guide [pdf] format for some useful tips on renting in the private sector.
Types of private rented accommodation
Middlesex University’s base in suburban north London means there are plenty of places to rent, and many different options to choose from.
Rooms in flats or houses
Life in a student houseshare can be an unforgettable experience for a number of reasons – not least because of the enduring friendships you can look forward to forging. Many of our mature students choose this option because it can suit people who prefer a quiet life – you just need to find some like-minded people to share your space.
You will typically have to sign a contract for a minimum of six months before moving into a property, and will usually have to pay a refundable cash deposit.
This usually refers to renting a room in a house with a live-in landlord. Use of shared areas, for example kitchens, lounges, toilets, or outside spaces, will be by informal agreement. You will usually have to pay a deposit to ensure you adhere to the terms of your tenancy agreement. In most cases, no formal rental contract is required.
If you need short-stay accommodation there are hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfast accommodation for a range of budgets across North London. Download our short-stay accommodation list [pdf]
Single students and families
Most student accommodation is for single people or groups of friends (ie single rooms in shared accommodation). If you have a family, you may want to look in newspapers and use local letting agents to help you in your search for suitable rented accommodation. You can find a list of local letting agents on Middlesexstudentpad. You may also wish to contact Nansen Village, a housing association which provides accommodation for postgraduate overseas students and their families.
If term has started
If you are still looking for a place to live after the start of term, log on to Middlesexstudentpad where accommodation information is updated all year round. Check our facebook page too, where students post information about available rooms.
Rents, expenses and insurance in the private sector
Average weekly rents vary between £85 and £115 - depending on the area, the facilities available and the general standard of accommodation. Unless you’re living in lodgings, bills for gas, electricity and water are unlikely to be included so you will be expected to pay these separately. As a full-time student you may not have to pay council tax. Insurance to cover your personal possessions is advisable wherever you are living.
Private Rented Accommodation Office
Telephone: +44 (0)20 8411 5068