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Private accommodation

Learn how to find private accommodation in Cardiff, and your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

Where to find private accommodation

Private sector housing

There is plenty of accommodation in Cardiff that is let out by private landlords, or through letting agents, to students. Such accommodation consists of shared houses and flats. Occasionally, you may find a room in a house that you would share with the owner.

If you intend to find private accommodation, we recommend that you come to Cardiff one week before the start of your course to view properties. We do not recommend signing up to a tenancy contract without viewing the property, meeting any possible housemates and ensuring you are happy with the contract.

Cardiff Student Letting Agency

Cardiff Student Letting Agency is the best place to start looking for private accommodation. It is owned and run by Cardiff University Students’ Union. This letting agency is keen to keep the cost to students at a minimum and does not charge an agency fee.

How much it costs

The cost of private accommodation will vary depending on the location, the size and quality of the flat or house, how many people you are sharing the accommodation with and whether or not bills are included in the cost of rent.

On average, the cost of renting a room in a house you share with others will be £280 - £370 excluding your bills for water, gas, electricity, broadband and insurance. Unlike University residences, where most bills are included, you'll find that when you rent private accommodation you may have additional costs.

These are likely to include:

  • A bond, also known as a deposit, which is normally equivalent to one month’s rent and will be returned to you after you leave the property providing that no damage has been done. This money should be protected by the landlord through a tenancy deposit scheme
  • Water, electricity, gas, telephone and internet bills
  • Insurance (we strongly encourage you to insure your personal possessions against damage, loss or theft)
  • Rent or half rent during summer, as private accommodation for students is often offered as a 12 month contract
  • An agency fee (if applicable). These vary between letting agents.

Where to stay while you search

If you're planning to spend some time in Cardiff before you have arranged your private accommodation, you could stay in a hostel, hotel or bed and breakfast.

Hostel accommodation is basic, with the cheapest costing around £20 per night. Bed and breakfasts charge around £40-£80 per night and hotels cost between £70 and £150 per night. This accommodation can be found near the campus and the central city area.

You can find further information on accommodation in Cardiff from at the Visit Cardiff website.

Staying with us in the summer

Our self-catered residences are available to stay in during the summer period (mid-June to early September).

Housing help and advice

If you're thinking of renting private sector accommodation, you can obtain information on the typical costs of renting in Cardiff and gain useful tips on what to look out for when looking for private accommodation from the Student Support Advice and Money Team.

Student Advice staff in the Students’ Union can also help. They are happy to explain and check your tenancy agreement before you sign a contract or pay any money to your landlord. They also have information to help you find accommodation.