Find your new home for next year
All continuing students are strongly advised to search for their next home using the services of Liverpool Student Homes (LSH)
LSH is the official student housing agency and is endorsed and funded by the three local universities and is also supported by their respective Students' Unions. It displays adverts for private houses, flats and private Halls which are available to rent in the next academic year and which are owned by registered landlords. The list of registered properties is available to by logging onto the LSH website or by visiting the LSH office, which is located at 140 Mount Pleasant, opposite the Metropolitan (Catholic) Cathedral.
Key things to remember when searching for accommodation
There are a number of tips and essential points to bear in mind while you are searching for your new home for the following year. If you have any further questions get in touch with Liverpool Student Homes: please note that due to the high workload associated with finding accommodation for the next intake of students, the LJMU Accommodation Office cannot assist continuing students with their search for accommodation.
- Come to an LSH Housing Fair
These are a great opportunity to find out more about your options and ask any questions you may have. Dates for 2016-17 Housing Fairs will be added in due course.
- Don't be pressurised into securing accommodation too early
Don't be influenced by rumours that there will be no accommodation left – most private Halls will only start taking bookings after Christmas and it is important not to sign up with a Hall before Christmas unless you are absolutely certain that you wish to live there next year.
The earlier you sign for your accommodation, the more chance you have of experiencing problems. By the summer you could have fallen out with your prospective co-tenants but have a signed agreement that you can’t cancel.
Remember that landlords who register properties with LSH must sign up to the LSH Standards, which offer you a high degree of protection and a complaints procedure in case anything goes wrong.
Don’t approach other housing agencies when looking for accommodation
Don’t be fooled by other companies with “Student Homes” in the title – Liverpool Student Homes is the only official student housing agency in the city, and you will not receive the same level of support from other companies as you will from LSH .
Remember that almost all the large private Halls will have vacancies for next year
The only exception to this is Apollo Court, which is reserved for new students. All the main Halls are registered with LSH and so residents are protected by the LSH Standards, even if they book with them directly. If you are unsure whether a Hall is registered with LSH, check their website
Many Halls will offer incentives to encourage you book early but there may be even better deals or offers later in the summer, as there have been in previous years.
Do not settle for poor quality accommodation
If there is any aspect of a property that you are not happy with, walk away and keep looking until you find the right one. You can get advice and guidance about contracts from LSH – don't sign anything if you are unsure about it.
Always ask ‘Is this property registered with LSH’?
If the answer is ‘No’ then ask yourself ‘Why not?’ and walk away.