Housing Safety Guide

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The information set out in this Guide is general guidance for students. It should not be seen as definitive or legal advice 

Stay Safe, Stay Secure!


Safety First

Hey there, savvy student! When you're on the hunt for your new pad, don't just rely on what you see online. It's a good idea to check things out in person. Meet the landlord, inspect the property, and never part with your cash before a face-to-face rendezvous. For peace of mind, bring a buddy along for viewings, and try to schedule them during daylight hours. And if you ever feel uncomfortable or encounter any issues during a viewing, don't hesitate to reach out to us at the SU Advice Team, Accommodation Office here, or Student Support here.


Lock it Down

Security's no joke! Before signing anything, scope out the neighbourhood. Is it safe? Is the property well-lit and set back from the street? Check those doors, too – they should be sturdy with top-notch locks. And if your room's curtains are a little too revealing, don't be shy about asking for thicker ones.


Gas Safety Galore

When it comes to gas, safety is non-negotiable. Only let Gas Safe registered engineers tinker with your appliances. Your landlord is responsible for annual gas safety checks, so make sure you get a copy of the report before moving in. And if you've got gas appliances, CO alarms are a must – safety first, always! Visit the Gas Safe Register here for more information.

CO2 Alert!

CO – Carbon Monoxide, you can’t see, taste, or smell it, it’s the silent killer. Ensure your new digs are equipped with carbon monoxide alarms, especially if there are solid fuel and gas-burning appliances. Familiarise yourself with the signs of CO poisoning, and if you suspect a leak, shut off the appliance and give your landlord a heads-up ASAP. Don’t mistake the symptoms for a hangover.

In an emergency call the gas emergency helpline on 0800 111 999. If you feel unwell, seek medical help immediately. See the Gas Safe website here for more information on the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning


Electric Vibes

Let's keep things electrically sound. Make sure your landlord's had the property's electrics inspected by a pro, and don't forget to ask for that inspection report!


Fire Safety Finesse

Furniture's gotta be fire-safe, folks. Check for those fire-resistant labels, especially on upholstered items. And when it comes to alarms, ensure your landlord's got you covered – smoke alarms on every floor and CO2 alarms in any room with a solid fuel burner. See government regulations on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms here.


Fire Drill!

Know your escape routes, just in case. And remember, stick with reputable landlords approved by your university’s Accommodation Office. Safety is the priority – always has been, always will be!

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