It is difficult to get out of University housing contracts. The circumstances in which a student is likely to be released are as follows.
If you are leaving University or taking leave of absence, you can apply to be released from your contract. You will first need to complete and submit a Change of Status form. You then need to Email the Accommodation Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) confirming the date you intend to leave. You will also need to return your keys. You will liable for the rent up to the date another student takes over your room, or the next payment date, whichever is the sooner.
If you are not leaving University or taking leave of absence, you will not be released from your contract unless a replacement tenant takes over your room. The replacement must be acceptable to the University and cannot already be living in University or partnership accommodation. You can advertise for a replacement on the Accommodation Board (located just outside the Student Advice Centre) and on the Message Board on the University Studentpad website. You can also advertise on external websites such as Student Spareroom.
If you need to move but you would like to stay in University housing, you can apply for a transfer to another University property. Transfer requests are normally not accepted during the first 4 weeks of the academic year. It is only possible to transfer when a suitable vacancy occurs.
Full details on all the above can be found in the residence contract Terms & Conditions booklet. This is available as a download from the University website.
Page updated 4 November 2016