Living off campus

WHEN LIVING OFF CAMPUS WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU CHOSE PROPERTIES ADVERTISED ON OUR STUDETPAD WEBSITE. ALL PROPERTIES ADVERSTISED ARE OWNED BY REPUTABLE ACCREDITATED LANDLORDS. WE CANNOT VOUCH FOR ANY LANDLORDS OR PROPERTY NOT LISTED ON STUDENT.

Living off campus for the first time can sometimes feel daunting, so we have put together a guide to give you some helpful hints and tips.  Copies of this ‘Looking to Live Off Campus’ guide can be found on our downloads page.  The guide is also available in booklet form from the Student Accommodation Office in Darwin Building.  In the back of the booklet you will find useful checklists that will help you when looking for off campus accommodation.  

If you are looking for somewhere to live off campus, Keele has a list of properties that are accredited to make sure that they meet a list of minimum standards.  These include

The list of properties accredited is regularly updated, so register at www.keelestudentpad.co.uk to make sure you get news of new properties as they are added.

You can search for private student housing, student flats and halls of residence, 24/7 365 days a year from anywhere in the world.

Using www.keelestudentpad.co.uk you can

  • register to receive notifications of newly listed properties
  • look at photos of the property
  • check property location on a map (including local amenities)
  • use the messageboard to find housemates
  • find out which tenancy deposit scheme landlords use

New features being added in the New Year include

  • information on the level of furnishing
  • estimated costs of utility bills – if these are not included in the rent

The Student Accommodation Office can help with information on:

  • the local area
  • bus routes
  • what to look for when you view a property
  • getting the contract checked
  • what to do if you have a problem with your rented property

ASK (in the Students' Union) also provides a Housing Pack and information sessions about moving off campus. Each year ASK surveys students living off campus and makes the information available to students considering taking up privately rented accommodation.

Rents in the local area are amongst the cheapest in the country. They vary depending on the facilities available, but typical costs are £55-£65 per week with utility bills on top.