Private Accommodation

Private Accommodation

Explore the frequently asked questions below to learn more about the services available to you. If you're unable to find the information you need, contact us and we'll ensure your query is directed to the relevant service.

All full time students are exempt from council tax.

However the local council may request that you provide a 'Council Tax exemption certificate'.

Exeter students can get this from the Academic Support Unit (ASU) Reception located in the Peter Lanyon building at Penryn Campus.

Falmouth students can access this on their "MY Falmouth" account by visiting: myfalmouth.falmouth.ac.uk.

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Yes, you will need a licence for all of the TVs in your property unless your landlord has specifically confirmed they will cover that cost.

For more information visit the TV Licensing website.  

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We recommend buying house insurance for your possessions whilst you live in the private sector. It is always best to insure your personal items to avoid damage or theft costs.

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If you have signed an AST (Assured Shorthold Tenancy), your landlord legally is required to place your deposit in a deposit protection scheme.

Your deposit will be released by the scheme at the end of your tenancy and returned via your landlord. Any queries about the method of return should be discussed with your landlord/agent.

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Properties in Cornwall can suffer from damp/mould to some degree. There are ways of managing mould and damp, you can find a guide here http://www.fxplus.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/condensation_leaflet.pdf. If your problem is not resolved after following these precautions you may wish to discuss ways of managing with your landlord/agent.

If the property is unsafe to live in, you can contact Cornwall Council's Environmental Health team to visit your property to check it's condition and suitability as a last resort.

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You can discuss any problems you are experiencing with Richard Wilkins (our Private Sector Liaison Officer) in the Accommodation Office.

If your enquiry is not urgent, please log an enquiry with Richard by selecting the 'log enquiry' button above and supplying a brief outline of your situation. 

If you have an urgent problem you can come in to see us in Glasney Lodge at Penryn Campus or by contacting the team on 01326 253639 or by logging an enquiry on Compass.

If you cannot pay your rent, you will need to contact your landlord/agent as soon as possible to discuss payment and the problems you are experiencing.

You can also receive budgeting advice from the FXU as well as see the careers department to potentially look at supplementing your income with part time work.

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This would need to be discussed with your landlord/agent and depend upon the contract or tenancy agreement you have enetered into.

A lot of landlords will not allow you to sublet your room but may allow you to find a (suitable) "replacement" if, for whatever reason, you need to move out of a property before the end of your contract. Howver they are not legally obloged to do this so you will need to discuss this with them before treying to find a replacement 

This would need to be discussed with your landlord/agent. Generally, if you have signed a contract with an end date it can be difficult to leave a contract early but is always worth discussing with your landlord or agent. Many landlords will agree to you leaving if you find a suitable replacement.

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The FXU have an advice team who can check through your contract and help with other accommodation related queries. You can make an enquiry with their team by selecting the 'log enquiry' button above and we will refer to one of their advisers to get back to you.

Alternatively, you can always discuss this with Richard Wilkins in the Accommodation Office located in Glasney Lodge at Penryn Campus.

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It can depend on what is included in your contract. Some landlords may include some bills within your monthly contract.

If your contract does not include bills you can expect to pay anywhere between £30 - £50 per month as a guideline on top of your rent. This will usually cover gas, electricity, water, internet and a tv licence.

Please remember: this cost is approximate and will depend on the number tenants in your property and how much of these utilities you use.

Prices change year by year but currently an average price for a room in either Falmouth or Penryn is £80 - £90 per week.

Please be aware this is usually without bills. Most private sector properties do not include bills and you need to be aware to budget for these.

If you require any budgeting advice, the FXU provide some fantastic guidance on their website at: http://www.fxu.org.uk/advice_welfare/money/  

If you are finding it difficult to find accommodation, you may want to widen your search area or methods.

There are many different ways of searching including Student Pad, our Facebook page "Find a Student Housemate - Falmouth, Cornwall", local newspapers, agencies and much more. You may also want to be more flexible with your requirements, for example 1 or 2 bedroom properties are harder to come by in this area, it may help to widen your requirements.

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Not all student properties are vetted by our department. If a property is listed on Student Pad we require that the landlord provide proof of the gas and, electrical certificates prior to advertising. If you have any concerns regarding a property please make an appointment with Richard Wilkins by selecting 'log enquiry' and giving a brief outline of your enquiry. We recommend you do not take a property without having seen it first.

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If you are looking to find more people to live with or perhaps even looking for a spare room in a house, our Facebook Page is extremely popular with students posting adverts and discussing possible house-share arrangements.

We recommend students start searching for private sector accommodation from around January.

The Accommodation Office runs househunting sessions throughout the Autumn Term and Accommodation Fairs into the Spring Term.

To keep up to date with everything that is going on, visit our Facebook page. 

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There many places to help you find accommodation in the private sector.

A great place to start is "Falmouth and Penryn Student Pad" which advertises local properties on behalf of local landlords and is run through our Accommodation Office. For 2017, the data base will go live in early January 2017. 

You may also want to try our Facebook page "Find a Student Housemate - Falmouth, Cornwall".

You can also contact local student letting agencies.

We operate Accommodation Fairs during the Spring term which bring local letting agents, landlords and students togther. More information including dates can be found on our website at: http://www.fxplus.ac.uk/live/private-sector-accommodation/private-sector-information-students.

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