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Hallam Union Advice Centre at Collegiate Campus
Don’t forget you can get advice at Collegiate Campus too:
The Advice Centre runs drop in sessions during term time at Collegiate Crescent on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 12 noon in Room B002B of the Saunders Building.
These will run every week during term time, so if you have any questions about your studies, finances, housing etc. then please feel free to drop in to speak to an adviser
Believe it or not! But in a couple of weeks, people will tell you that it is time to start looking for a property for next year. Lettings agents will be putting adverts in their windows and trying to scare students into signing up early by telling them that the properties will all go quickly. Don’t believe the hype! There are currently empty properties for this academic year.
Signing up early can lead to many problems later in the academic year – as you might fall out with the friends that you have signed up a contract with, you may realise that you can’t afford the rent and bills, you may not be doing as well on your course and may have to take time out, etc. However, once you have signed a contract, it is very difficult to get out of, which means that you could be stuck in a contract for a property that you may not want to move into!
We suggest that you wait until our housing fair which takes place on Tuesday the 26th of November, before you start looking and wait until after Christmas before you sign a contract. The housing fair provides you with a good opportunity to speak to landlords face to face and where you can find information and advice, so that you can be sure the tenancy you are signing is fair. It also gives you more time to realise who your friends are and how you are progressing on your course. Remember to take your time and don’t rush, as it will be the most expensive thing you will have to pay for!
The safest way to find accommodation is through Sheffield Hallam’s Accommodation Services website. All properties advertised are part of a new scheme with Sheffield City Council called Snug. This means they are inspected before they are allowed to advertise on the website, and the registered landlords have to agree to a code of practice, which includes management of the properties. For further information check out the following website:
Look out for the following badge to ensure that the property has been approved by the scheme:-
To read an article in the Yorkshire Times on the Snug scheme click here
It is the time of year when criminals try to take advantage of students
If you receive any unsolicited e-mails advertising goods, services, offers or trips out of the blue be very wary.
Make sure that if you are shopping online that the payment is secure.
If you have any concerns or want any more details about any type of Fraud please get in touch with the Advice Centre – firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0114 225 4148.