How to find a home
All the major newspapers have a listings section with detailed information, similar to that in China, usually in the form of a classifieds page with brief information about the property by its location and some with photos.
There are also many websites where you can enter the postcode of the place you want to live in and select a price range that you think is reasonable and the search engine will automatically list the properties that fit the criteria.
As a student, you can also contact your school’s Housing Office to request a Housing List. This list is provided free of charge by the University’s Student Accommodation Office, as the University is responsible for resolving all accommodation issues for international students, if they do not apply for Leeds student accommodation. It usually lists the exact location of the house, the bus and tube stations near the house and the price of the house, and of course the contact details of the landlord.
BBS for studying in the UK at home
Some students also find rental information on domestic study in the UK forums. There are some graduating international students who will post their housing information on BBS, and most of these houses are due in August or September.
Steps to see a flat
Find a house from the Housing List given by your school’s Housing Office. Check the bus map and circle the houses within two bus stops of the school first, then compare the rent. The principle is that if you don’t pay for utilities, it must be cheaper than the school’s student accommodation in Leeds. Once you have decided which properties you would like to see, you can call the landlord on the list of properties, explain where you got the information about the property for rent, indicate to the landlord that you are interested in seeing the property, and make an appointment to meet with the landlord. The landlord will ask for details when you call, such as where you are from, where you are studying, how many people are there and so on. Once you have agreed a time with the landlord, it is time to see the property.”