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Accommodation after first year

After your first year at York St John University, you will have a good idea of the different areas of York, the kind of properties that are on offer and who you would like to live with, so you will be in a strong position to start house-hunting.

House Hunting

Looking for student accommodation

York city centre has a variety of local property agents, local papers and online forums to find accommodation. Local agents include IG PropertyAdam Bennett and Blue Door of York.

National services have part of their website dedicated to finding accommodation for students including Rightmove and Zoopla.

YSJSU have helpful resources for students to use when looking for accommodation. For more information visit the YSJ Students Union page.

The Student's Union also provides useful guidance for finding accommodation after first year in the House Hunting booklet (PDF 0.5MB).

Finding people to live with

The York St John accommodation team run workshops and events to help you find other students to live with or fill gaps in your current household. These events are usually held at the beginning of the calendar year. Check the accommodation social media pages or email accommmodation@yorksj.ac.uk.

The cost of rent

Prices vary throughout different areas of York. Students can expect to pay around £100 to£150 pppw (per person, per week). You may be asked to pay your rent monthly or quarterly (every three months) depending on the conditions outlined in your tenancy agreement. Make sure to consider your budget before signing an agreement.

Also, check what is covered in your rent payments and if things like utility bills and parking charges are included.

Paying council tax

Full time students are exempt from paying council tax whilst they are living in private or university managed accommodation.

Email SID@yorksj.ac.uk if you need information on council tax exemption, or visit the “Letters” section on your E:vision account.

Finding a guarantor

Most landlords or agents will ask for you to provide details of a guarantor, when applying for a private let. This can often be a parent or guardian who would be responsible for paying your rent, in the event of you being unable to make the payment yourself.

If you are unable to find a guarantor, there are some resources online that may be able to help. For more details, please see the Citizens advice page.

Financial support

Each students’ financial situation is different. You can contact the student funding advice team fundingadvice@yorksj.ac.uk to look into financial support you are eligible for, or any other advice regarding your finances.

Applying for university managed accommodation in my 2nd/3rd years

Some students may be eligible to return to university accommodation. Allocations will only be offered to those with a significant reason for requiring it.

More details about applying to return to university managed accommodation can be found on our university accommodation page.

Returning to university managed accommodation during COVID-19

Due to the current restrictions, we are aware that some letting agencies are delaying opportunities of viewing accommodation until early 2021. Therefore, the returning student application process will open later than usual. This allows students time to view private rentals before expressing an interest in university accommodation. Please keep checking our website for updates.

University support

The accommodation team have little control over the terms and conditions you agree to when signing a contract with a private provider. You can still contact the accommodation team for advice when living in private housing at accommodation@yorksj.ac.uk.

Our Welfare team can advise you on how to deal with any problems you have with a private landlord or agent. More information about the rights you have as a student in a private rental can be found on the Citizens advice page.

Private halls of residence

There are a number of purpose built halls of residence which are very similar to university owned accommodation. Student flats are available at:

This option can be a good middle ground between University owned accommodation and typical private housing.

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