Private Sector Accommodation

Information for Students - Private Sector Listings

The Residential Living Office uses StudentPad to advertise all private sector properties.  All properties on the University of Chester pages are currently accredited/ approved or "student stamped" by the local authority housing team. The website will be updated on a regular basis so please keep checking for any changes or new adverts to appear.

To view the properties currently on the website please follow the link below:

http://www.chesterstudentstamp.co.uk/Accommodation

Please note: Students are to contact the Landlords directly to arrange a viewing and not approach the students currently living in the properties.

We would recommend that before students sign ANY agreements or contracts that they thoroughly check the contents as this is a legally binding contract and will prove very difficult/ impossible to get out off.  Please ensure when handing money over landlords you receive a receipt for each transaction. 

The Students’ Union are available for advice on the subjects above.  Visit their website for more information http://www.chestersu.com/accommodation/

We understand that students are told to start looking for accommodation from November / December onwards but we, along with the Students' Union, do not recommend this as it's far too early as there are far more properties to choose from.

 

Information for Landlords/agencies - How to advertise your property

Student Stamp

The Student Stamp Scheme is a way that landlords can accredit their property as suitable student accommodation and reassures prospective tenants that a property meets the standards required for student accommodation.  Under the scheme, the Council inspects property solely for the purpose of advertising on the University of Chester website.  It covers all types of student accommodation in the private rented sector.

How to Apply for a Student Stamp Certificate

In order to advertise on the University of Chester Residential Living website, landlords must have a valid student stamp certificate.  In order to apply for a student stamp, landlords must be a member of the new Cheshire Landlord Accreditation Scheme.  Alternatively, if properties are managed by a letting agent / property manager who is accredited with the National Approved Letting Scheme or Association of Residential Lettings Agents, they can also apply for a student stamp for a property. If your property was accredited under the old property accreditation scheme, the term of accreditation will be honoured until the expiry date.

The cost of a student stamp is £138 inclusive of VAT. This price covers inspection of the property by the Council and the University’s advertising fee.   

To apply for a Student Stamp Certificate, please contact Cheshire West and Chester Housing Standards Team:

Email:  housingstandards@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Telephone: 0300 123 7038

How to register an approved Property

Registration in an online only process. 

Unfortunately the University of Chester Residential Living Office can no longer accept applications by post or telephone.

Landlords with a new Student Stamp Certificate can register a property here: https://control.studentpad.com/register/Chester

After registering online by clicking on the link above, landlords will be required to upload property and advert details, along with valid copies of the Student Stamp and Gas Safety Certificates.

Landlord Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I advertise my property?

A: If you would like to advertise your property on the University of Chester Residential Living website, you must have a valid student stamp certificate.  In order to apply for a student stamp certificate, landlords must be a member of the new Cheshire Landlord Accreditation Scheme. Please contact Chester West and Cheshire Council for further details.

Email:  housingstandards@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Telephone: 0300 123 7038

Q: How much does it cost for a Student Stamp Certificate?

A: The current cost is £138 inclusive of VAT. This price covers inspection of the property by the Council and the University’s advertising fee. 

Q: I’m having problems with the Student Pad Website – who can help?

A: Please refer to the Student Stamp Landlord User Manual.  If you still require support, please contact the Residential Living Team at the University of Chester at accommodation@chester.ac.uk

Please include your full name, property address and a brief description of your enquiry. The Residential Living Team aim to respond to all enquiries within three working days. 

Q: How long does it usually take for an advert to go live?

A: The Residential Living Team at The University of Chester aims to respond to all new adverts and amendments to existing adverts, within three working days.  Each advert is reviewed and all evidence and documentation will be checked. To speed up the process, please ensure that in-date copies of your Student Stamp Certificate and Gas Safety Certificate are uploaded to the property details.