Where should I live?
Many of our students choose to live in private sector housing just a short walk from campus in Egham or Englefield Green or in the neighbouring towns of Windsor and Staines-upon-Thames.
Cost of private sector housing
The average rent for a room in a shared house in the private sector is approximately £92 per person per week (£400 per person, per month) - this doesn’t include bills, which you’ll need to budget for on top of the rent. A wide range of properties and rents are available and it’s possible to find somewhere to live both above and below the average price range.
If you’re a full time student, living in a house with other full-time students you’ll be exempt from paying council tax and can prove this to the local council by presenting your Student Status Certificate.
Are you an international student? Do you know about the Right to Rent scheme?
All private landlords in England are required by law to check that any tenant entering a residential tenancy agreement has the right to be in the UK before renting out their property. The Government Right to Rent scheme has been introduced to deter individuals who are in the country illegally from remaining in the UK.
As part of Right to Rent checks, your landlord may ask to see identity documents that show you’re legally allowed to live in the UK. If you hold a visa, these checks will need to be conducted within 28 days of the start of your tenancy contract. The checks have to take place in person and the landlord is required by law to take a copy of your documents and retain them for at least one year following the end of your tenancy.
For more information, please visit the UK Government’s website on the Right to Rent scheme.
I’m living in the private sector, what support is available for me?
We have a Community, Wellbeing and Student Outreach team that are here to support and advise you if you have any concerns throughout your time living in the local area and our Community Wellbeing Officers are available to provide advice on settling into private sector housing and help you with any issues you may have. We also liaise with local residents and community partners to ensure Royal Holloway students are welcomed into the neighbourhood.
The Students’ Union Advice team are also available to discuss a range of private sector queries from contract information, problems with house mates and landlord disputes.
Safety and security
Royal Holloway is one of the safest university campuses in the UK and we have an on-campus 24/7 security team who work closely with the Police Neighbourhood team to support students living off campus.
Take out possessions insurance
Your landlord's insurance is unlikely to cover your possessions should anything happen to them, so make sure you take out possessions insurance. Our Students' Union's recommend that you visit the Endsleigh insurance website for more details.