Current students

Find your new home for next year

All students are strongly advised to search for their next home using the services of Liverpool Student Homes (LSH).

LSH advertise the largest selection of private student accommodation in Liverpool, including all the halls plus shared houses and flats of all sizes. It is the only official service for private accommodation and is endorsed and funded by the 3 local universities and their respective Students' Unions.

The LSH accreditation scheme means hall owners, landlords and letting agents who advertise must ensure that their accommodation meets quality and safety criteria. You can find out more information about what LSH accreditation means on the LSH website.

Key things to remember when searching for accommodation:

  • Don't be pressurised into securing accommodation too early. There is plenty of accommodation in Liverpool, so it is important not to rush!
  • Don’t approach other housing agencies when looking for accommodation Do not be fooled by other companies with “Student Homes” in the title – LSH is the only official student housing service.
  • Remember that most halls have vacancies for next year. All reputable halls are accredited with LSH and residents are protected by the LSH Standards, even if they book directly.
  • Don’t settle for poor quality accommodation. If there is any aspect of a property with which you are unhappy, walk away and keep looking until you find the right one.
  • Always ask ‘Is this property accredited with LSH? If the answer is ‘No’ then ask, ‘Why not?’ and walk away!

Living in halls

It is no longer the norm for LJMU students to move into a shared house after their first year and staying in a hall has many advantages:

  • individual tenancy agreements as opposed to the joint tenancies offered in most houses
  • rents which are genuinely inclusive of all fuel charges and will not change for the duration of your tenancy
  • city-centre locations within walking distance of lectures
  • on-site staff to assist with repairs, deliveries etc
  • the chance to be placed with students in the same situation, giving you a ‘second chance’ to make a group of friends

LJMU partner halls

If you are a first year student and you currently live in a LJMU partner hall, you should check what rebooking discounts are on offer from the hall owner. You will probably need to choose a new flat because LJMU usually uses the same flats for each new intake. But you can choose where you live in the building and you can also ask to share a flat with students at the same stage of their university career.

The owners of several partner halls have agreed to offer an extended cancellation period to first year students, which runs until the end of January 2023. This will allow you to reserve a room now, knowing you can cancel that reservation if later you find something that better meets your needs.

This applies to all halls owned by these partners, so you can move (for example) from Grenville Street to Marybone 1 or from Byrom Point to Apollo Court and you will still be covered by this extended cancellation period. However it does not apply if you want to move to a hall owned by a different partner.

Campus Living Villages - Halls covered: Albert Court

Downing Students - Halls covered: The Arch / The Electra

Gather Students - Halls covered: Agnes Jones House / Bedford Street South

Sanctuary Students - Halls covered: Grenville Street / Marybone 1 / Marybone 2 / Marybone 3

Student Roost - Halls covered: Capital Gate / Byrom Point / Apollo Court / The Railyard / Myrtle Court

Urban Sleep - Halls covered: Copperas House / Hardman House / Bedford House

Living in a house or flat

If you decide to move into a shared house or flat, then you must ensure that you only rent a property that is accredited by LSH. You also need to check how much fuel is included within the rent you will be paying. There are very few properties available for next year on a completely all-inclusive basis. As energy costs continue to rise, it is essential that you know how much extra you could pay on top of your rent - before you sign the tenancy agreement. LSH have produced a very helpful FAQ on this subject, which is available to view on the LHS website.

If you are considering signing a tenancy agreement for a house or a flat and would like someone to confirm the likely fuel costs, you can email the agreement to us. You can also bring a copy to the reception at the Student Life Building between 10am and 4pm from Monday to Friday.

LSH Housing Fair

If you want to research your housing options, why not attend the LSH Housing Fair at the Mountford Hall on Thursday 8 December 2022? It is a great opportunity to talk to hall owners, landlords and letting agents and to see what is available. In addition staff from the LJMU Student Advice and Wellbeing team can give you money and housing advice and can review tenancy agreements to confirm the position in respect of fuel costs.

LSH also run virtual “Find a Housemate” meet-ups for current students throughout the year and the details of these events are listed on their website and on their Facebook page.

Further information

If you have any questions about finding accommodation for next year, feel free to contact LJMU Accommodation Office or LSH in the first instance.