Useful resources


Contract checking tool

Want to know what should be in your contract? Use our contract checking tool to find out the strength of your contract.


Moving out of college accommodation and into the community is a big step, and will probably be one of the most memorable experiences of your time at University. Our guide will help you to understand what some of your rights and responsibilities are as private tenants, and help you make the most of your time.


As a postgraduate, you will likely have different criteria when looking for accommodation than undergraduates. We have put together the following guide to help you find accommodation suited to your specific situation.

Living in durham

This page from Durham County Council has some useful information about everything from voting to where to park.


Some resources for you to fill in before signing a house.

  • Housemate quiz: check how compatible you and your future housemates will be
  • Viewing checklist: make sure you know what you’re getting before you sign
  • Budgeting: check you can afford your rent (and your social life) with Shelter's budgeting tool
  • Tenants Fees Act factsheet: Since the 1st June 2019, it is against the law for lettings agents and landlords to charge you additional fees when you sign for a private rented property. There is a list of permitted payments available on our factsheet.

Page last reviewed: 02/12/2019