I just wanted to send another email thanking you for all the help and advice you’ve offered us to date. You have been so friendly and helpful at all times and a pleasure to work with. The Studentpad website is excellent, easy to work with and has been a huge help in finding tenants for us.
Thank you for an efficient and effective method of contacting students, I had plenty of enquiries from groups who were clearly briefed to be organised in advance and would have been happy to let to a number of them.
I have advertised with you for the last 9 years and wish to say thank you for your excellent service and for the lovely student tenants I have found via your website.
The Accommodation Office sends regular newsletters with useful updates about the private sector to the registered landlords. To sign up to the newsletter log into your Studentpad account, click on your account setting and select the "Use Email for Marketing Information" option.
To register your property/room on Studentpad, just click on Agent/Landlord and follow the online instructions. Under the ‘Fact Finder’ section, the average rents for properties being advertised on the site are shown.
If you have a room or property to let in Exeter, you can advertise it directly to students for a small fee through the Studentpad website.
Studentpad is operated by the University Accommodation Team and used by students looking for accommodation, who will contact landlords directly about the properties.
What do landlords need to provide?
- A current Gas Safe Register certificate for all properties with gas on premises. This costs around £70.00 and last for 1 year.
- An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for student share properties only.
What are our students looking for?
Good quality private rented accommodation including:
Resident Landlord/Host Family (Lodgings)
Convenient for students who are coming to the University for a short period, such as Erasmus (European) students and Postgraduate students.
These students typically need accommodation from September to December/January or January to May/June, and begin their accommodation search from April.
Shared House/flats (including "Houses in Multiple Occupation")
Students after their first year of study at the University are most likely to look for this type of accommodation. Groups of students will normally look for shared houses/flats for the next academic year from January onwards.
Landlords can offer assured shorthold tenancies for the whole academic year. Contracts are normally based around the University's term dates.
Typically rents range from £85.00 to £150.00 per week exclusive of utilities. Landlords can show details on the advert if the rent includes any utilities (e.g. internet connection).
Further information can be found below:
If you are thinking of renting your accommodation to students but are unfamiliar with the legal requirements for doing so then please refer to the following links for a clearer understanding of the processes involved:
- Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)
- The legal responsibilities of a landlord
- Renting a room/rooms in my own home
- Gas safety as a landlord in line with the Gas Safe Register
- Electrical safety – what landlords need to know
- The government’s Tenancy and Deposit information
- Fire Safety Risk Assessment
- The National Residential Landlords Association
- The South West Landlord Association
- Council tax exemption for students
These can be accessed via the Landlord Library within Studentpad also. Information about how to access this is available within the last tab on this page.
If you wish to sign up to our 'Landlords Newsletter' which will contain information and updates about the University of Exeter as well as our students and how we are making them aware of Studentpad, please email us.
If you require any further information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Accommodation Office.
Here at the University of Exeter we are able to provide the following services to landlords:
- We administer a list of properties available in the private sector via Studentpad and promote it to our students via posters, leaflets and social media platforms including: Twitter, Facebook and our Accommodation Blog.
- Available by telephone or in person between 9:00am-5:00pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) to offer any support or advice where necessary.
- Work alongside the Students’ Guild to ensure that students are ready to secure housing in the private sector from November each year
- Hold an annual Accommodation Fair event which provides landlords with the opportunity to promote their property or properties to our students and meet with us. This event offers an opportunity for landlords to come onto campus and showcase their property directly to students who are actively looking for housing after their first year. Queries about attending the Fair need to be directed to email@example.com.
Most landlords choose to register with us online in order for their advert(s) to be displayed on the Studentpad website. You can manage your advert and upload your gas and EPC certificates through Studentpad.
If you wish to register by post, please print and complete the following form (below) and post directly to the University along with a copy of your current Gas Safe Register certificate to the address listed within our contact us page.
Our current advertising prices start from £40.00 for a shared property, and £10.00 for a room within your own home. Once paid, this price allows landlords to advertise as often as required within the academic year.
For full payment terms and FAQs, please login to Studentpad and click ‘Resources’.
Payment can be made online via the University of Exeter Online Store. Please note that this is a separate site from Studentpad and you will need to enter new registration details.
Once in the Online Store please go to Product Catalogue – Accommodation Office. Alternatively you can make a payment by cheque, made payable to “University of Exeter” to the address listed within our contact us page.
Once payment is made we will aim to advertise your property within 5 working days and you are able to re-advertise your property as many times as you need to during the academic year. Find out what happens to your advertisement once you have paid by downloading the 'About your Studentpad advert' information.
We have created a 'How to pay for an advert through the online store' video to help guide you through this process.
Please see the video below which provides you with a step by step guide on how to pay for an advert using our Online Store:
All private landlords in England are now required to make right to rent checks. This means checking that their prospective tenants have the right to be in the UK.
Right to rent checks have been introduced as part of the government’s ongoing reforms to the immigration system. Landlords who do not make the checks could be fined up to £3,000 if they rent out a property to someone who is in the UK illegally.
What this means for landlords
You need to make right to rent checks if you:
- are a private landlord
- have a lodger
- are sub-letting a property
- are an agent appointed by a landlord to make right to rent checks
Essentially, this means that you are required to check documents to show anyone you offer a tenancy/licence to that they have a right to be in the UK. Acceptable documents include:
- UK passport
- A passport or national ID card showing that the holder is a national of the EEA (European Economic Area) or Switzerland
- A biometric immigration document
- Current immigration status document
Please note that the majority of registered students at the university coming for single semester however (such as European Erasmus students) will be able to provide a EU/EEA passport, which is detailed on the acceptable List A, which proves their right to rent in the UK. You will then need to make a copy of this document.
Where to find information about a student status
The University is only able to provide information about a student's status directly to the student so please ask your prospective tenant to make a request via SID to confirm their student status.
The Home Office has advised that any landlord needing confirmation of a student’s immigration status should obtain this directly from them by using the landlord’s checking service.
Studentpad have added some new instruction videos to their website. These videos cover the following areas:
- Using the Dashboard
- Your account
- Adding a new property
- Changing a property description
- How to add images
- How to add a certificate (Gas Safety/EPC)
In order to access these videos, please login to Studentpad and select ‘Resources’ at the top and within the dropdown choose 'Landlord help videos’ to be redirected.
The Landlord Forum
This is an online message board where landlords can share advice and information with each other. As a registered Studentpad user, this forum is free for you to access, and we hope it will be a useful way for you to stay in touch and share good practice with other local landlords.
The Landlord Library
This page contains resources which you may find useful as a Landlord, including information about local services and organisations, University term dates and Unipol Accreditation.
Both of these features can be found by logging in to your Studentpad account and clicking ‘Resources’ at the top of the page.