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House hunting

Where to look for properties and information



Use Studentpad before you start looking for properties elsewhere. Studentpad is the university’s online database of properties available to students. There are a number of good reasons we suggest you start your search here. If you use Studentpad:

  • you will not be charged any fees 
  • there are a wide range of properties available
  • all landlords have signed up to the university’s code of standards, meeting our criteria for quality, safety and security 
  • wherever possible properties have been visited by staff from the accommodation office.

Start your search with Studentpad


Your accommodation office

The university has accommodation offices at Moulsecoomb in Brighton, Trevin Towers at Eastbourne and at University of Brighton in Hastings . Our experienced staff are on hand to provide guidance and support when it comes to finding somewhere to live. Contact us

Accommodation Facebook group

We have a Facebook group for new students looking to find potential housemates. If you applied for a place in halls of residence, but did not get a place, we suggest you join the Facebook group in August. If you apply through clearing or the University of Brighton is your insurance choice please contact us for details of the group.

Use our house-hunting service

Our house-hunting service gives you the opportunity to get housing advice and meet other students who are interested in sharing accommodation. 

If there is a demand, we also hold drop-in sessions at the Brighton accommodation office, so that you can come and see staff for advice and support and connect with other house-hunting students.

The Eastbourne and Hastings campuses also run a house-hunting day subject to demand.

If you want to spend a couple of days house hunting over the summer, affordable overnight accommodation can be booked via the University of Brighton conference office.


Private landlords and letting agents

If you cannot find a suitable property on Studentpad, you will need to widen your search. If you decide upon this route please read our top house-hunting tips first.

Word of mouth

Do any of your friends have any recommendations? Perhaps some people you know are leaving a house you like? Why not follow it up?

Letting agents

There are several agencies in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings specialising in student accommodation. However please be aware that there is no requirement for letting agents to be registered with a regulatory body. However, registration with professional bodies such as the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) or the National Approved Lettings Scheme (NALS) is something to look out for.


A Google search of ‘student accommodation’ in your chosen town will lead you to a variety of websites which you may find useful, but please try Studentpad first.

If you decide to use the internet please be careful follow our advice on house hunting. Read our house hunting tips


For example, noticeboards in the Students’ Union

Community pages on studentcentral

Once you have been offered a place on a course at the University of Brighton you will be given access to a section of studentcentral, the university’s student intranet.


Download our guide to househunting

Download our guide to house hunting
(1.5Mb pdf)



If you find a property through Studentpad, or decide to apply for a place in a university-managed property (unihome), you:

  • won’t have to pay any agency fees
  • will have an idea of the quality, management and security of the property.