Q. Do I need to be a student?
Only full time students can live with Downing Students. You may be asked to provide proof of your student status and it is very important that you notify us immediately if this changes.
Q. Do I need to be studying at a particular University or College?
As long as you are a full time student you do not have to study at a particular university or college to live in our student accommodation.
Q. Will I need to pay a deposit?
Yes, a deposit is required and will be held with the Deposit Protection Scheme. The deposit will be refundable at the end of your tenancy providing the property is left clean, damage free and in the same condition as at the start of your tenancy and that you have provided a copy of your Council Tax Exemption Certificate or your Registration Certificate. The deposit only becomes refundable at the end of the agreed tenancy, so if the main agreement is not completed we will consider the deposit as payment in lieu of expenses incurred. However, first year applicants with a conditional offer of a place (dependent on grades) will be refunded the deposit if they can show written confirmation from the University that they have not been successful in securing a place.
Q. Do I need a Guarantor?
Yes, a Parent or legal Guardian resident in the UK must stand as Guarantor.
Q. What if I fail my end of year exams/A Levels and the University does not offer me a place for September?
If you provide written evidence from the University, within SEVEN days of your results being published and no later than 1st September (which ever date is the sooner), that you do not have a place we will release you from the contract without penalty and refund the deposit paid.
Q. What if I cannot get a Visa to study in the UK?
If you cannot get a VISA to study in the UK: Provided that you have NOT collected the keys, and you have evidence in writing that your application has been refused, we will release you from the tenancy and refund the deposit, provided that you send this evidence to us within 1 week of your notification.
If the Tenancy has already commenced, and you have NOT collected your keys, you will be charged for the period from the ‘Tenancy Start Date’ to the date you send us with evidence that you have not been granted a VISA, provided that we receive the evidence in writing within 1 week of your notification. If you have moved into the accommodation prior to your Visa application being declined you will be responsible for the rent until we can find a student to rent your room.
Q. When can I move in?
You can move in on or after the ‘Tenancy Start Date’ as specified in your tenancy agreement. We will write to you near to the time with more information about collecting your keys and our Reception opening hours.
Q. My Partner and I are both Students; can we share a room or Studio?
At Holbrook there are a limited number of Studios available for double occupancy. There is an additional charge per week for double occupancy, usually a one-off fee of £250.
Q. Can I live in a female only apartment?
We do have a number of flats where rooms are occupied by females only. If you book one of these rooms and wish to re-let it at a later date, it can only be let to a female student.
Q. Can I have visitors?
Unless otherwise stated, bedrooms are for single occupation only. Occasional overnight visitors will be allowed, at the discretion of the management, provided that no disturbance or inconvenience is caused to other occupants. You will be held fully responsible for the actions and behavior of your visitors.
Q. Is there Car Parking?
Unfortunately, there is no car parking available on site.