By Charlotte Beasley
Students want more support from Kingston University after statistic show that 40 per cent of surveyed students feel uninformed about the process of student housing.
The University will open their headed tenancy applications on April 3 2017 but only 15 per cent of students were aware that you could apply through the University.
Biological science student Jacob Callow said: “More emails would be helpful and better advertising about how to apply for a house is needed because I was confused.”
Meetings have taken place in the halls of residence and important housing information has been advertised around the University and on social media.
10 per cent attended one of the advertised meetings but did not feel confident or completely informed after and 70 per cent did not even know there were any meetings.
History student, Rianna Husein said: “Halls should do more meetings about transitioning from Halls to houses but when you do need advice, they do respond to emails fairly quickly.”
Students applying for housing in private sectors can be expected to pay a deposit of up to £700 and additional costs for security deposits and administration fees.
Only 5 per cent of students said they were prepared for costs that high whilst 50 per cent said it is too expensive and they would struggle to afford it.
Louise from the accommodation office said: “contracts signing is likely to take place in April/May and if some of the students cannot be in Kingston to sign the contract, this will be okay.”
Due to headed tenancy applications opening just before Easter, students are worried about the process of applying but have been reassured that not all residents need to be present to sign contracts.
A speed house-mating event will take place on Monday March 20 between 5pm and 8pm for students looking to rent in private sectors or headed tenancy.