SU22 Housing Fair, Tuesday 8 November 2022, 11:30 - 15:30, Hallam Hall (Owen Building)

What is the Snug scheme?

The Snug scheme is an initiative brought in by Sheffield City Council to benefit students by providing student-friendly accommodation. The Snug scheme runs in partnership with the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Students' Union, Sheffield Hallam University and us!

How do students benefit from the Snug scheme?

Snug was introduced to tighten up the control and regulation of student housing in Sheffield to make sure all our students have access to good-quality, safe accommodation and 'fit and proper' landlords. Snug status is awarded when a home and its landlord meet the required standard of property and tenancy management.

All the properties advertised by UAS are Snug, and the Student Advice Centre can check the latest Snug list for you if you want to check if a property is Snug before you sign. Accommodation Services advise and provide guidance on all aspects of house-hunting; they have knowledge of the local area and properties that might suit you. For more information, contact accommodation@shu.ac.uk.

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Our top tips for house hunting

Have a wish list in advance

Go into house hunting and viewings with a list of essentials and negotiables for your perfect home. Know what is necessary and know the things you're willing to compromise on. TIP: If you are in halls your internet is normally already sorted. In the private rented sector some houses have this, some do not. Internet is relatively easy to install so don't let this put you off a property if it isn't there already. Please note, that most internet contracts last for 12 months, so you may have to pay for a whole year and not just an academic year.

Set a budget, stick to it, negotiate

Another important thing to think about is budget and considering how much everyone is willing to pay. Make sure everyone knows what each other's expectations are and how much everyone can afford. You don't want to get into a situation where you've found your perfect student house and one person knows that realistically, they can't afford it, so it's vital that everyone is vocal and honest about their budget. Don't fall into the trap of finding a luxury student house which has everything you could possibly need but is way out of your budget. Remember, your student loan has to pay for bills, rent, household supplies and everything else. TIP - Don't forget to factor in bills if your property isn't all inclusive and bear in mind that your maintenance loan may not cover your entire rent.

Use the Advice Centre's free Contract Checking service

Don't allow a landlord to rush you into signing a contract by making you think there's a huge shortage of housing. Similarly, tenancy contracts can be lengthy and daunting, so never sign anything you don't understand. The SU's Student Advice Centre offers a free contract checking service, where full trained and qualified Advisors will look over your tenancy contract and let you know if anything seems out of place.

Spend time considering who you want to live with

Think about this carefully as you will end up living together for a whole year. Socialising with someone is a completely different experience to living with someone. If there are things that are irritating now a year can be an extremely long time. People have different ideas of cleanliness and lead different lifestyles, some people are studious and have early nights, others like to go clubbing and stay out until all hours.

Decide on the accommodation, location and your needs

Once you've decided who you'd like to live with, get your future housemates together and discuss your accommodation preferences. Would you prefer a house or a flat? Do you want to live nearer to City Campus or Collegiate Campus? Do you all want bigger bedrooms? It's important that you all discuss what you want so that you know what you're all looking for. Also, consider the area in which you'd like to live, as there are lots of places in Sheffield that are ideal for students. Depending on your studies and lifestyle, you might want to consider different options. Explore options outside of your comfort zone and consider prices and value for money.

Explore areas of Sheffield before deciding where to live

Walk around different areas at different times of day and make sure you like the atmosphere and feel safe. Think about if you want to live in Sheffield centre next to bars and clubs or would you prefer a quieter area, etc. You might also want to consider how far away it is from Uni, as you may have transport costs on top of your bills. The most common student areas of Sheffield include Bramall Lane, Crookes Ecclesall Road, Norfolk Park, Kelham, Sharrow Vale, City Centre. As rule of thumb, the closer to the city centre you live, the more expensive the accommodation.

Never sign for a property without viewing it in person

When house hunting, don't just rely on your friends' opinions or take one look at photos online to make your decision. Arrange house viewings when everyone can attend, and if something seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Always view the accommodation first and ask the landlord lots of questions when you're there to find out as much information as you can. Explore different areas in Sheffield and have a wander around the city to get a feel for each place. It's so important that your accommodation is right for you and your fellow housemates, has everything you need and is within budget, so don't make any sudden decisions until you've all seen the property.

Remember Snug

Snug is a property inspection standard which is awarded to properties which meet the required standard of property and tenancy management, and the landlord is considered trustworthy and 'proper'. Managed by Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Hallam Students' Union, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Students' Union, the Snug scheme was established to ensure that Sheffield students are living in accommodation which is safe, reliable and managed properly. Only properties that have been assessed by the Council as being 'Snug' are advertised by the University, so make sure that any properties you look at are Snug.

Use common sense

If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

Take the time to sign

Every year we have students come to us asking for advice about their housing horrors. For many students, moving from one place to the next can bring with it a mixture of emotions like anxiety, stress, and excitement. Without further ado, let's debunk some common myths about student housing.

"If I don't sign now, all the good student houses will be gone."

Students - we hear you loud and clear! Contrary to popular belief, did you know Sheffield has a surplus of student accommodation throughout the year? So don't panic and take your time!

"I'm worried that I'll end up by myself if I don't sign now."

Now, you may have heard of 'peer-pressure', but have you ever heard of 'fear pressure'?

Fear pressure is when your fear of something causes you to feel pressured into making a split decision. But, hey, the important thing to remember is that you are not alone, and more students feel this way than perhaps you first thought. If you feel this way, we suggest you join us at the housing fair to learn all your options and speak with our housing experts before signing a contract on a whim.

"I just want to sign to get it over with."

It can feel like a weight lifted once you've signed, but the question is, is it really worth it? We see students each year that sign contracts very early, then change their minds a few months later. Usually this is because of a fallout with housemates, unable to afford the new rent or simply because they've changed their study plans. Once you have signed a tenancy agreement, you are bound legally to pay the rent even if you don't move in.

Did you know our Student Advice Centre offers a free contract checking service? If you'd like to use this service, please contact us by emailing advicecentre@shu.ac.uk



For more support, visit the University's Student Housing Help or the Students' Union's Student Advice Centre.