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House Hunting

House hunting is daunting for everyone, especially when it's your first time renting. On this page, you'll find guides to house hunting and links to help you find properties.

NUS Ready to Rent

NUS Ready to Rent has been developed to support student renters to develop the knowledge and confidence they need to find good quality housing and assert their rights as renters. You can check out their video and useful guides below.


House-hunting checklist – A useful checklist for viewing properties

Things to consider before you sign – This resource takes you through the things you need to consider before you sign your name.

Landlord Accreditation Scheme North Staffordshire - only members of this scheme can advertise on StudentPad Keele and attend the KeeleSU Housing Fair.  


Where to look

There are loads of different places to look for a house in the local area but always check that the landlord is accredited.


Keele Student Pad

KeeleStudentPad is the University’s online listing service. They only advertise accredited landlords who are part of the North Staffordshire Landlord Accreditation Scheme.

KeeleSU Housing Fair

Every year we host a Housing Fair in the KeeleSU Ballroom. We invite accredited landlords to show off their properties. (Remember KeeleSU does not endorse any of the landlords in attendance) This year's fair was virtual and was held on 3 February 2021 on Microsoft Teams.


Search Facebook for ‘Keele Accommodation’ and you will find the ‘Keele Accommodation Group’. Keele students can discuss and post messages regarding accommodation both on and off campus - you can post a message on here if you're looking for accommodation or are advertising accommodation. Many students also advertise for housemates or for a replacement tenant on the Keele Student Life group.

The Sentinel

The local newspaper ‘The Sentinel’ advertises properties to rent. There are properties listed every day and Thursday’s edition has extended property pages. You can buy the Sentinel from Martin’s newsagents on campus.

Staffordshire Student Pad

It’s worth checking out Staffordshire University’s StudentPad as well as the Keele one. They have a list of landlords with properties in Hartshill and Stoke that are on the Number 25 Bus route to Keele campus.

Green Pad

The NUS (National Union of Students) gave Staffordshire Students’ Union over £100,000 to develop an environmentally friendly letting service. This is one of the best places to search for environmentally friendly houses and will help to keep the costs of bills low.


Looking for a housemate for next year? You can visit our Facebook group, Housemate Seekers of Keele, to connect with other students!


Going to look around a house? Don't forget to take this useful House Hunting Checklist with you!