Renting to students: All you need to know

11 Sep 2023

Students are a popular demographic among landlords for numerous reasons; from high demand to longer rental periods, letting to students is a great way to secure your investment and attain high yields. However, it comes with its own set of considerations and challenges. Whether you’re a seasoned landlord or new to the rental market, here’s everything you need to know about renting to students in the UK.

Understand the student housing market.

Before diving into letting a property to students, you’ll need to understand the student housing market in your chosen area. It’s important to research the local colleges and universities, enrolment statistics, and the demand for off-campus accommodation. Another thing to familiarise yourself with is the typical student rental season, which often aligns with the academic calendar. This knowledge will help you determine rental rates, property locations, and the type of accommodation students prefer.

Student-friendly features

Renting to students often means providing fully furnished accommodation. Most student tenants will have moved far from home, and providing essential furnishings for convenience, such as beds, desks, chairs, and kitchen appliances, can significantly enhance your property’s appeal. High-speed internet connectivity is also a must for students, especially if you want them to stay for the full duration of their studies.

Preparing for housemates

It’s common to have multiple student tenants living under one roof. You should establish clear lease agreements that outline each tenant’s responsibilities, rent distribution, and the duration of the lease. Make sure to include guidelines regarding noise, parties, and property maintenance. Many students are young and have little experience in renting, so it’s advisable to have all tenants sign individual leases to avoid any potential disputes that may arise.

Student safety

Fleeing the nest can be daunting, and your student tenants will need to feel extra safe in your property to settle in. Prioritise student safety by implementing necessary security measures. Ensure the property has adequate lighting, secure locks, and fire safety equipment. Once the property is completely safe, take some time to educate tenants on safety procedures and emergency contacts or instruct your letting agent to do this for you.

Think location

When it comes to student housing, location is key. Most students prefer living within walking distance to their place of study or close to a public transport link. However, even if your chosen property is ideally located for the school, you should still consider the convenience of nearby amenities like food shops, cafes, and libraries. The more desirable the location, the easier attracting and retaining student tenants will be.

Dealing with student-specific challenges

Renting to students can present unique challenges, such as turnover at the end of each academic year and potential noise disturbances. It’s important to plan for these challenges by allowing flexibility in tenancy agreements and being prepared for vacancies during the summer months. Clear communication and setting expectations from the beginning can help mitigate potential issues.

Related articles
You may also like

Make Your Home Feel Cosy This Autumn
16 Oct 2023

Make Your Home Feel Cosy This Autumn

It seems almost overnight that summer has faded away, and we now welcome the cosy embrace of autumn.  Coming home takes on a whole new meaning. What ...

Read more
Our End Of Tenancy Check List
02 Nov 2023

Our End Of Tenancy Check List

Moving out of a rented property can be a hectic and overwhelming process. But amidst the chaos of packing, organising, and saying goodbye to a ...

Read more
© Woolley & Wallis 2024

Thinking of selling?
Request a valuation

The sale process begins with getting an accurate idea of your property’s true value. Fill out the form below to tell us a little about you and your home and a member of our sales team will be in touch at a time that suits you.

    Register with us
    for our latest properties

    Sign up in seconds to jump the queue and hear about our properties before anyone else.