Choosing to live off campus Choosing to live off campus

If you prefer not to live in residences, or receive an offer without an accommodation guarantee, there are lots of options within the private sector. Norwich has a very healthy rental market and as it is a small city, you shouldn't be too far from campus, no matter where you live.

For details of houses, flats, bedsits and lodgings available for rental in the private sector simply contact the Student Union Advice Centre, who can give you access to an online 'housing list', and offer general advice and information. Local newspapers also advertise available rooms online. 

However, it is your responsibility to deal directly with the agent or landlord when making accommodation arrangements.

As accommodation in residences is limited to one year, most students will have to find accommodation in the private sector for their second year and throughout the remainder of their course. The Student Union holds a 'housing event' each year (usually January/February), when the first housing list for the following academic year is released. This is an invaluable resource for students finding private accommodation for the first time, and students are strongly advised not to start looking for private housing until after the housing event.

Houses, flats and bedsits are nearly always furnished but you should expect to provide your bedding, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. You are advised to enter into a legal contract with the householder. If you have any doubts over the wording or content of the contract, the Welfare Officer in the Union of Students is available for free consultation without appointment. The Union of Students also provides information in the form of a House Hunting Guide.