Update: 27th May 2020
We are starting to see students contacting us asking whether they should be considering both viewing and looking to sign up for accommodation for September.
An update from your SU Advice Centre:
"The UPSU Advice Centre always cautions against signing up for accommodation too early and this is particularly relevant in the current circumstances. We do not yet know when or how academic teaching will be delivered for the 20/21 academic year. Plymouth benefits from a good supply of student accommodation, both in terms of student halls and shared houses. Students are likely to be able to negotiate reduced rents if they delay signing up for a tenancy and should remember that signing a tenancy is entering into a legally binding contract which cannot be cancelled before the expiry of the fixed term without the express agreement of the landlord. The Advice Centre offers a free tenancy checking service throughout the year."
Update: 29th April 2020
Your SU Advice team have been in contact with The Student Housing Company to clarify amendments to their terms and what this means for students who are residents of Beckley Point. If you are a resident of Beckley Point you should have received an email outlining their amended approach to the current situation and the concerns that students are having with regards to outstanding rent.
If you have not received this email then please contact the site team directly who will be able to look into this for you.
We understand that the deadline for responding to this email is the 5th May, although this maybe extended.
Update: 24th April 2020
In response to numerous concerns you've shared surrounding accommodation, an open letter has been sent to all local letting agents signed by:
- Professor Judith Petts CBE, Vice-Chancellor, University of Plymouth
- Tilda Fraser, President, University of Plymouth Students’ Union
- Professor Andrew Brewerton, Principal of Plymouth College of Art
- Rowena Murphy, President, Plymouth College of Art Students’ Union
The aim of the letter is "to personally ask whether, if you are able, you could consider any specific student difficulties on a case-by-case basis and offer any flexibility possible, in terms of rent, where students are currently not in residence."
Read the full open letter here
We've received a lot of queries from students about concerns over paying their rent for the final term. There are some accommodation providers that are waiving the fees for the final term if you've vacated the property. We've compiled a list of those providers below and the deadlines that you need to contact them by.
Last updated: 27th May 2020