We provide landlords, letting agents, institutions and students with crucial housing services necessary to navigate the sector
Our services aren't limited to students studying at University of London colleges; you can access a list of our subscribing colleges here.
our housing solutions
Student homes service
Student Homes is an accommodation service which sources and manages good quality, well-located accommodation in the private sector for full time students of participating Colleges.
It involves a leasing scheme whereby the University of London becomes the tenant of a property, not the student. Student Homes then sublets the property to our full time students. In a nutshell, for the student their landlord is us and for you we are the tenant.
We offer a rent guarantee for the full term of the contract; if the student sub-tenant defaults on their rent, we will still pay you in full. You get guaranteed rent for 51 weeks and will have the property returned to you in the same condition as we receive it at the start of the tenancy.
Advertise your property directly to students at Colleges and Universities from across London. Our registration process is quick, simple and costs as little as £25 per property. We are the largest student accommodation office in London catering for up to 140,000 students. Lists of these accommodation offers are also printed on a daily basis and made available in our office for students to collect.
We offer this service to Landlords and Letting Agencies, and it allows for our customers to upload unlimited property listings. You will receive a public listing on our website, and members of the standard and premium membership tiers are invited to use our logos on their website and in publicity materials.
Once you're registered, students will view your adverts online and make direct contact with you to arrange viewings and rent your accommodation.
Private Housing and advice
Subscription to our Private Housing and Advice service means your students will be given access to our searchable online database of private landlords, letting agents and private halls who all complete our registration process and sign up to our Code of Good Practice.
We provide legal advice and support to students who are either about to move into private accommodation for the first time or are already experiencing problems. This advice is delivered by a dedicated team of housing advisors supported by a firm of retained housing solicitors. In addition, we organise events and print publications designed to equip students with the knowledge and confidence to navigate London’s private rental market.
Student housing support is crucial to the student experience, especially in London. Our service, in bolstering the student experience you already offer, can play a key role in ensuring you recruit and retain students.
Training for housing advisors
Housing law is notoriously complicated and the skills needed to advise students need to be constantly updated.
Our training is primarily aimed at accommodation and student support staff working within Universities and Student Unions who, as part of their day-to-day remit, give housing advice to students living in private rented housing. Student sabbatical officers and others who offer housing advice to private tenants may also find the training beneficial.
Our courses are delivered by our Housing Advice Team together with our retained housing solicitors and a range of experts from the sector.
We deliver a series of paid-for webinars on a range of subjects that are key to both maintaining and improving student satisfaction levels. Recent webinars have covered “Mental Health Awareness” and “Supporting Chinese students with the cultural transition to UKHE.”
The webinars encourage audience participation and a virtual classroom experience. Attendees have found the webinars to be a more engaging learning experience than the traditional classroom experience. They are also highly cost effective with sessions limited to 30 attendees and costing from as little as £50.
The University of London is uniquely well placed to advise smaller institutions on meeting their student accommodation needs. We have extensive knowledge of the market in Purpose Built Student Accommodation and have been highly influential in developing student housing planning policies with the GLA.
In addition, we have a wealth of research knowledge gained from surveys about what students are looking for and value in their accommodation.
Student community website
In 2017 we will be offering a new student community website. Our recent research has found that most postgraduate students, especially those from overseas, use flat-sharing websites to find housing. Unfortunately, with free listing sites, students often find themselves victims of online fraud.
The website will be built around a flat-sharing message-board with a range of security measures in place, but will also carry information about areas of London and the support services available to students. To support this service, we plan to charge students who attend institutions outside our funding group for posting adverts.
However, we are offering those institutions the opportunity to bulk buy subscriptions so that we don’t need to charge their students. We can offer bulk subscriptions at just £10 per student for a years’ unlimited access to the website.
Why Work With COSECtor to solve your housing needs?
Our services are grounded in years of experience within the housing sector.
As a university servicing internal and external colleges, we have access to a vast number of students looking for homes.
We provide expert, cost-effective solutions that are always aimed at delivering you the best possible service.