There are lots of good things about living in University owned and partnership accommodation. Properties are generally of a good standard and well maintained; there are opportunities to get involved in community based activities and events; and there are University-employed residential mentors on hand to provide help, advice and information.
Mentors can be especially useful if you are having problems with housemates or neighbours, or you are worried about another student. They also deal with some disciplinary matters. More information about residential mentors, including contact details, is available on the University website.
Students living in University owned and partnership accommodation can be disciplined, for example, for causing damage or disturbance. If you are threatened with disciplinary action and you would like to discuss this with an adviser, contact the Student Advice Centre for help.
Students living in University owned and partnership properties can be compulsorily relocated to alternative accommodation. The circumstances in which this can happen are set out in the housing contract. There is no right of appeal against relocation but it is possible to object, for example, if the alternative accommodation offered is not suitable. If you are asked to relocate and you are concerned by this, contact the Student Advice Centre for help.
If you are in serious or persistent breach of your contract the University can serve notice to quit. You have the right to stay until the notice expires but you can leave sooner if you wish. When the notice expires the University can go to court to obtain a court order to evict you. You cannot be evicted without a court order but, provided the notice against you has been correctly served, an eviction order will be granted and you could end up being made to pay costs. If you receive a notice to quit and you would like to discuss it with an adviser, contact the Student Advice Centre for help.
Page updated 4 November 2016