Finding private accommodation - international and single semester students
Do your research before you arrive
We recommend that you do as much research as possible before you leave home, and wherever possible ensure that you have arranged temporary accommodation for one or two nights before you arrive in Liverpool.
This will give you time to look in person for accommodation and help you get your bearings around your university campus and the surrounding areas.
Finding accommodation to rent
Your university will recommend that you attempt to find private accommodation through the services of Liverpool Student Homes (LSH). This is a service which operates to check private accommodation against a set of standards and if successful this accommodation is known as accredited through LSH. You can see more information on the LSH Standards and accreditation on the LSH website.
Accommodation providers will advertise their accredited properties to you on the LSH website: www.liverpoolstudenthomes.org. Your university and LSH will always recommend that you search for accommodation which has been accredited before looking at other sources.
The website will give you access to information about vacant properties advertised by landlords and agents in the city. There is a lot of variety and choice in Liverpool with options to live within close proximity to your campus or a short bus/cycle ride.
You can also see the range of average rent levels which are being advertised in accommodation by using the ‘Fact Finder’ link. This is located on the front page of the website in the bottom footer.
It is important to always check if using other websites and search engines to ensure that the accommodation being advertised is legitimate, although the adverts may look good, they may not be genuine. Don’t pay for any accommodation if you are not sure whether the accommodation is legitimate and especially if the provider/landlord is putting you under pressure to send money.
Wherever possible, we would recommend that you view accommodation before committing to any formal tenancy agreement or agree to hand over money. Where this not possible and you are unsure, you can contact Liverpool Student Homes for further advice and support.
When you have found accommodation you will be asked to sign a tenancy agreement. A tenancy agreement is a legally binding document which you and the landlord/provider agree to. Liverpool Student Homes offer a FREE contract checking service, so the details of the agreement can be checked before you sign it.
Beware of accommodation scams
Unfortunately, over the past few years we have seen students lose money after responding to bogus adverts, where the property does not exist or where they have paid large sums of money up front. If you are not sure always err on the side of caution in case this is a potential scam.
Scams targeting Chinese students
Please read this information shared by Merseyside Police, it gives details about common scams to look out for.