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Online advice clinics: how to secure private sector housing for the next academic year

Did you know a comprehensive alternative housing advice service is available to all students and staff at Queen Mary all year round?


Housing Services have many years of experience in providing advice and guidance on all aspects of private renting and alternative housing options. Whether you’re looking for a single room, self-contained studio, or a flat/house share with friends, Housing Services can help.

Each year Housing Services run online advice clinics to provide guidance on how to secure private sector housing for the next academic year. These clinics will provide you with advice and guidance on all aspects of renting in the private sector including information on

  • when and where to look for accommodation
  • tenancy agreements 
  • legal advice.

These clinics, conducted via Zoom, take place each Wednesday at 11am. Book your place.

Where can I find other useful resources available to me?

The Housing Services website has a multitude of useful resources available including a Private Accommodation Housing guide.

In addition, there is a search facility available via QM Private Lettings, as well as a message board for students looking to secure private sector accommodation in a flat/house share.

There are also lots of resources available that may assist you when looking for accommodation in the private sector, including checklists, health and safety guidance, and how to source legal advice.

The Housing Services team is also available on campus if you wish to talk to a Housing Advisor in person. Please email in advance to book an appointment. 

How long should it take to find somewhere to live? 

Properties are usually advertised between May and September. It should only take a couple of weeks to secure suitable housing if you are well organised and realistic in your expectations. Some key stages in the process include: deciding on a budget, arranging visits to view and inspect, negotiating contract terms, paying a deposit (usually the equivalent of one month’s rent), and signing the agreement.

Where are you looking to live? 

At Queen Mary, we are fortunate there is an ample supply of alternative housing options within our local community in east London, either within walking distance or an easy commute to campus. If you are considering finding accommodation in central London you may find this more challenging, mainly due to cost and a more limited supply. Have a look at Housing Services' useful resources to help you get started! 



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