We know that finding a student house as an international student can be a difficult process, so we’ve written a guide to answer the questions often asked by international students. Please see our Prospective Tenants page for more general information on finding a house with us.
Struggling to find a guarantor?
In order to secure a student property with us, you will need to provide details of a UK based guarantor who is over 25 years of age and who is not a student. For many overseas students, this isn’t a simple task but there are still options available for you.
Housing Hand www.housinghand.co.uk is a service that will act as your guarantor in the event that you are unable to provide a suitable guarantor. They charge a one off fee at the start of your tenancy, which is usually based off of your location and rent amount and is subject to a minimum of £295.
You do not need to be in the UK to complete a Housing Hand application, but you will need to provide some photographic ID and proof of studies in the UK.
Within 30 days of the end of your tenancy, you can request a rebate from Housing Hand. This will be a percentage of the money you paid at the start of your tenancy, and is subject to you not breaching the terms of your tenancy agreement. Please see the Housing Hand website for more details and if you have any queries.
Different Payment Options
If you don’t want to use Housing Hand, there are still different payment options available for international students who are unable to provide a UK based guarantor.
- 1 x 12 months on 1st May
- 2 x 6 Monthly payments on 1st April & 1st October
- 3 x 4 Monthly payments on 1st April, 1st July, and 1st October
These payments must be made by bank transfer or direct debit by the dates listed. In this scenario, we would still need the signature of a parent or next of kin for our records.
If you have any further questions, or if neither option is suitable for you, please contact our team to discuss further options.