Renting in the Private Sector

When looking for a property in the private sector it can be a bit daunting especially if you've not rented before.

View the SAS Housing Guide to help you get started.

Here are the first things to think about when looking for a student house:


Group size

Decide on the size of your group and how many of you will be sharing a house.



Think about how much you can afford to pay and remember that most rent in the private sector does not include bills.



Think about what facilities you'd like in the property. e.g. double beds, how many bathrooms etc?



Have a look at the resident communities and decide where you'd all like to live. See below popular resident communities in Swansea.


Resident Communities

The main resident communities to rent in Swansea are:

SAS have student houses in these popular areas

Advice and Support


  • With most properties you'll have to organise payment of gas, electric and water charges.
  • In SAS managed properties, bills (including internet) are all inclusive.
  • You'll need a TV licence if watching live TV or BBC iPlayer from any device. 



  • Deposits are taken when signing a rental contract for a private property.
  • Only a reservation deposit is taken for a SAS managed property - this is deducted from your last term's rent.
  • Landlords must place your deposit in a Tenancy Deposit Scheme so you'll receive part or all of your deposit back after you've moved out and returned the keys.
  • The landlord is entitled to make deductions from the deposit in the case of damage or negligence - this can include cleaning charges.

Signing contracts

  • Private landlords are required to give you at least 24 hours to take the contract away to read before you sign. 
  • With a SAS managed property, you'll have 72 hours to get back to us.
  • You can contact the Students' Union Advice Centre to read through private contracts to make sure everything is legitimate.

Students' Union

SAS Lettings is a partnership between Residential Services and Swansea Students' Union who aim to make university life easier, from housing, welfare and education advice to democracy and childcare. 

Student Services

All students at Swansea University benefit from access to the Student Services for information, advice and support on a wide range of issues.