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Most of our students choose to live in university accommodation. However, if you're planning to move into private rented accommodation then we recommend you check out some of the following sources of advice before you sign a tenancy agreement.
There are a lot of letting agencies in Oxford and the services they offer will vary. To help, Brookes Union have produced a Guide to House Hunting.
To secure private accommodation, you will typically need to pay a booking fee, damage deposit and one month's rent in advance. The standard amount for a deposit is 6 weeks' rent. Some agencies may charge other fees. Additionally, some properties require a UK guarantor - a person who agrees to cover your rent in the event that you cannot pay it. You will also need to undergo right to rent checks to prove you can legally live in the UK.
As the quality of private lets varies, we strongly advise that you arrange to view the property before agreeing to the contract.
Brookes Union Advice Service
UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)