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Get ready to rent – your house hunting guide


It may seem like a great idea to begin your search as early as October for the next academic year, but this can have its pitfalls!  Take the time to get to know your friends before you decide you want to live with them: Once a tenancy agreement is signed it's not normally possible to get out of it if you change your mind later in the year.

Student housing fairs

Not to be missed! Come along to one of our student housing fairs, find out what your options are in the city centre, and meet university approved landlords. University staff will be on hand to offer guidance too. Housing fairs are held towards the end of the first term each year (and sometimes again in the New Year). You can visit any of the housing fairs on University of Cumbria or Lancaster University campuses.


Visit our Facebook page for dates or watch out for details in November

Which accommodation is right for you?

City halls of residence

Halls give you the flexibility to book as an individual and share living areas with other students - or to book directly as a group. There is a wide choice of room types on offer, including standard, en-suite and studios. Most halls offer on-site secure cycle storage, laundry facilities, attractive communal spaces and management services to help you feel at home.


Houses, apartments, studios

When it comes to houses, flats and studios, the specification and cost varies considerably. You will usually share a bathroom (although some with en-suite bathrooms are available), kitchen and living space.  Some accommodation comes with outside space, such as gardens or patio areas. Many historic buildings have been converted for student use and maintain their original features and homely feel, whilst others are newly built and offer modern interiors.
Most houses and flats are shared by ready-made friendship groups, but many landlords are equally happy to take enquiries from individuals who are not yet part of a group, especially postgraduates. Smaller houses, flats and larger studios may be suitable for families and couples.  



House hunting tips


  • Come along to the Student Housing Fairs, held on campus at both Universities each year. Ask questions, get advice, meet landlords and other students looking to rent.
  • Register to receive details of new properties as they come available on the website.
  • Small is beautiful!  Can’t find a house big enough for all of you? Use our map feature to find two or more smaller houses nearby.
  • Look out for spare rooms in shared homes - useful if you want a ready-made student family! 
  • Don’t forget to check the £ Annual contract price on the advert to find out the true cost of the accommodation to you.


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