Student Accommodation FAQs

 

  1. How do I book?

Booking your apartment is really easy – simply

  • Call Niche Homes on 0113 244 1960 or enquire online via our website.
  • Complete the reservation form (this will either be emailed to you or can be found on our website).
  • Submit your reservation form to Niche Homes with your payment.

 

 

  1. How much is the deposit?

The deposit to secure your property is dependent on the property type and location. Please refer to individual reservation and guarantor forms on the ‘how to reserve’ page.

Please note that £85 of this charged as an Administration Fee (£110 for Double Occupancy).

This acts as a non-refundable reservation fee until your tenancy is finalised, when it turns into your refundable* security deposit.

We hold your deposit using the Deposit Protection Service (DPS)

*Charges may be brought against this deposit, which will be outlined in your Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement.

 

  1. How and when do I pay the reservation fee/deposit?

Your reservation fee/deposit is payable when you hand your reservation form to Niche Homes Ltd.

Payments can be made using cash, cheque or bank transfer. At present debit/credit cards are not accepted.

 

  1. Can I change my studio?

If you wish to change your studio apartment, our lettings agents at Niche Homes are happy to help. They will do their best to accommodate your request depending on availability. Please be aware that an administration charge may be applicable.

 

  1. Is booking exclusive to students?

Yes.

Renting is exclusive to full time students that are enrolled with an educational institution. All of our apartments are designed specifically with students in mind.

 

  1. Do you cater for students with special requirements?

We are dedicated to ensuring that all of our residents have an enjoyable and comfortable stay with us, and we will always do what we can to find the most suitable room for our residents. If you have any specific requirements, please contact Niche Homes on 0113 244 1960 or email lettings@niche-homes.co.uk and we will do what we can to assist you.

Please also include any special requirements on your reservation form.

 

  1. What will my studio apartment include?

All our properties are fully furnished and inclusive of utility bills, internet and insurance.

For exact specification, please see the relevant ‘What’s Included’ and ‘Inventory’ pages on the individual accommodation pages.

 

  1. What does my rent include?

You rent includes the following:

  • All utility bills
  • Internet access (Broadband)
  • Insurance
  • TV license in communal areas, individual TV licenses will incur additional cost.

 

  1. What bills do I need to pay?

All utility bills are included in the rent, along with 10Mbps broadband, Wi-Fi and contents insurance.

The only bill not covered by your rent is your TV License (should you bring a TV) and Council Tax if you aren’t student exempt.

 

  1. When can I move in?

Your start date will depend on your choice of accommodation; please see relevant reservation forms.

 

  1. What are my payment options?

We accept the following three payment options:

  • In full – This option is open to everyone.
  • In quarterly instalments (every three months) – This option is open to International students with a non-UK guarantor.
  • Monthly – This option is open to UK students with a UK guarantor.

 

  1. What is a guarantor?

A guarantor is someone who is over the age of 18 and will take financial responsibility for the tenancy, and will be liable to pay the tenant’s rent if, for any reason, they are unable to pay an amount owed to Niche Homes. Niche Homes will have the right to pursue this person for the recovery of any outstanding monies owed and is subject to Niche Homes approval.

 

  1. Who can be a guarantor?

Anybody over the age of 18 who does not also live within our accommodation can be a guarantor, subject to approval by Niche Homes. Guarantors will need to provide all documentation outlined in the reservation form.

 

  1. Who needs a guarantor?

You only need to provide a guarantor if you wish to pay in instalments or monthly.

 

  1. What happens if my loan doesn’t get paid on time and I can’t pay my instalment on time?

If you chose to pay in instalments or monthly and are reliant on a student loan, then you will also have to provide a guarantor. If your student loan is delayed, we will still require you to pay the rent on time and would ask your guarantor to assist with the rental payments until your loan arrives.

Please note: charges may be applicable for delayed payments.

Keys cannot be handed over without cleared funds 2 weeks prior to tenancy start dates.

 

  1. When can I collect my keys?

Keys are collected by appointment only. Times will be allocated closer to the date.

 

  1. Who can speak on my behalf?

If you are under 18 when you sign your reservation form we can speak to your parents, as they must countersign this document.

If you are over 18 when you sign your reservation form, we need to speak with you, as the information provided is protected under data protection laws.

If you wish us to speak to your parents you must email us at lettings@niche-homes.co.uk using the email address you have provided on your reservation form, with your parents’ names, confirming your authorisation for us to speak to them on your behalf.

 

If they call us and we do not have your authorisation, we cannot speak to them regarding your reservation. If they are your guarantor then we can only speak to them regarding the guarantor section.

 

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