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Smart Move Housing Fair

Look out for details of the Students' Union Housing Fairs usually held around November and February and the Smart Move House hunting information campaign which runs from Novemberam and 3pm.

You will have a chance to meet landlords, agents and get information and advice to help Make Yours a Smart Move.

Housing and contract advice is available throughout the year from the Student Advice Centre and house hunting advice from Smart Move Sheffield

Start your Smart Move

If you are a student about to start looking for somewhere to live in the private sector, download our House Hunting Guide on this page. Whether you’re looking for accommodation straightaway or thinking about finding a place to live for the next academic year, this guide should help you through the whole House Hunting process and give you all the information you need to make a Smart Move. It has tips on where to look, a map of popular student locations, a handy pull out checklist for viewing a property and contract information.

If you are about to move in or out of a rented property, then you may want to check out the Moving In and Out guide for tips and information to help you settle in and sort out all the important admin stuff. It could help save you time and money so make sure you make a Smart Move.

If you are moving out, look out too for the Donate Don't Waste campaign www.sheffieldsu.com/donatedontwaste' which runs from May-July to help you recycle any unwanted items.

If you have specific housing needs or problems and require further advice, the Student Advice Centre is here to help. We have specialist housing advisers who can advise you at every stage of your housing journey, from checking over a new contract through to getting your deposit back when the tenancy ends. Email advice@sheffield.ac.uk or tel 0114 2228660. Additionally, you can find comprehensive information and advice on a wide range of housing, money, academic and immigration issues on the Student Advice Centre pages.

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House hunting guide

Moving In and Out Guide

The Student Housing Market

Around November each year in Sheffield, local letting agents will start marketing properties for the next academic year and the annual house hunting season begins. There really is no need to start house hunting this early and it is possible to find accommodation of a good standard and close to the University whenever you choose to start house hunting.

Most shared houses are for groups of four or five and splitting into groups of this size will offer you the widest choice of properties and could also be better for your budget. There is also a good supply throughout the year. The supply of larger houses is more restricted so if you are in a group of six or more you may find it necessary to start house hunting before Christmas. If you are a large group it would be worth considering splitting into two smaller groups and you could even find houses on the same street or flats in the same block.

Students with specific housing needs, such as students with children who want to live near particular schools, or students with a disability who might need a particular type of property, may also find it beneficial to start house hunting earlier. Self-contained accommodation, such as one bedroom flats in the city centre, tends to be advertised much nearer to the contract start date. If you are a single person looking for a room in a shared house you can wait till next summer to find a room as there are always spare rooms available in shared properties.