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Where to look for accommodation

This is a guide for Birmingham City University students who are looking for accommodation, but the information is also useful if you want to know where to advertise a room.

Important Information - Please note that the Advice Centre does not monitor or inspect any properties but we can provide advice on the validity of tenancy agreements, safety issues and your rights/obligations as a tenant.

Looking for a flat or house?

Birmingham City Students' Union only recommends landlords and letting agents who are accredited by the Midland Landlord Accreditation Scheme (MLAS).  This is a scheme that has been set up to recognise and promote good landlords and agents. Check the MLAS website to see the current list of accredited landlords and agents.
Your Students' Union has it's own letting agent, Birmingham City Student Homes.  They are based in the Students' Union Building at City North and can be contacted on 0121 202 4696 or by emailing enquiries.  Birmingham City Student Homes only advertises accommodation that is accredited with the Midland Landlord Accreditation Scheme.
Also try:
But before using these websites please read our advice on housing scams that can target students.

Looking for a room in a shared house?

There are a number of websites that allow students in the private sector to advertise their spare room or look for potential housemates. Make sure you view the accommodation thoroughly and know how to contact the landlord or agent before signing or paying anything.
Try the Students’ Union’s  Room and Housemate Finder Facebook group.
Useful websites include:
But before using these websites please read our advice on housing scams that can target students.


Looking for a place in halls?

Rooms in University halls of residence are primarily reserved for first year students and international students.  However places do sometimes become available throughout the year so check with Accommodation Services on 0121 331 5191.  Also, have a look at the Students’ Union’s  Room and Housemate Finder Facebook group.
There are also a number of private halls in Birmingham, with most of them situated in and around the city centre. Rents tend to be more expensive, but often include additional facilities such as free internet access.
Hamstead Campus
0121 500 1771
Jennens Court, Opal 1, & Bristol Street
0844 371 5654
The Heights, Londonderry House & Curzon Gateway
0800 783 4213
Bath Row, nr Five Ways
0121 622 7540
Derwent Students
Metchley Hall & The Pavilion
0121 380 3939
Mansion Student
Canalside & Brook
0333 920 4032
Victoria Hall
Selly Oak
0121 256 7000
The Student Housing Company
Studio 51 & The Penworks
0121 333 5792
Liberty Living
Queens Hospital Close nr Five Ways
 0121 633 3316

Looking for short term accommodation?

You can find details of B&B/hotels in the Birmingham area here:
Please contact the Advice Centre on 0121 331 6801 for further help.

Looking for a replacement tenant?

If you are living in halls:

The Students’ Union has a Room and Housemate Finder Facebook group to help students  wanting to advertise a spare room.


You can also try the University's accommodation messageboard.



If you live in private accommodation:

Again, try the Students’ Union’s  Room and Housemate Finder Facebook group.


Also, try advertising on the main websites that students use to look for a room.

Information for landlords 

If you are a landlord wanting to advertise your property to BCU students, you need to contact the Students' Union letting agent, Birmingham City Student Homes, on 0121 202 4696 or email enquiries.  Please note that the Students' Union only advertises accommodation for landlords who are accredited with the Midland Landlord Accreditation Scheme.


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