Rent Guarantor Service

Goldsmiths works in partnership with Housing Hand to provide a Rent Guarantor Service.

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Most landlords and agents will insist on a UK-based guarantor to cover rent and any damages or liabilities before they will rent to you. If you do not have a suitable guarantor, they may ask you to pay your rent 6-12 months in advance.

Our Rent Guarantor Service enables students with no UK-based guarantor to rent private sector accommodation that may not otherwise be available to them.

Who the service is for

All Goldsmiths students are welcome to apply, whether from the UK, Europe or Overseas and regardless of nationality.

It is open to new students who haven't yet enrolled at Goldsmiths.

Individual and joint tenancies are covered.

Housing Hand provides this service

Housing Hand is a secure and reliable rent guarantor provider.

Initially established to respond to student needs, Housing Hand is fully aware of student circumstances and of their many challenges when trying to secure suitable accommodation.

Housing Hand is trusted by agencies and works with 3,000+ accommodation providers, with applicants from 140+ countries.

Guarantor Fee

Housing Hand will charge a Guarantor Fee, discounted for Goldsmiths students:

  • 3.5% of annual rent if paid upfront
  • 4.1% of annual rent if paid in eight monthly instalments

Applying

If you have difficulty accessing the service, please contact Housing Hand directly. It is important to let them know that you are a Goldsmiths student team@housinghand.co.uk or +44 (0)20 7205 2625.

Financial assistance towards paying the Guarantor Fee

Goldsmiths will subsidise the Guarantor Fee for 35 students allocated to:

  • 20 places International and EU students
  • 10 places Home students
  • 5 places Care Leavers* and Estranged* students

This is a limited offer subject, to eligibility and availability, and applies only to students using the Housing Hand Rent Guarantor Service.

See Guarantor Fee Subsidy eligibility and how to apply.

*Evidence may be required

Finding private accommodation

See our guide to Private Accommodation options, including the University of London Housing Service database accessible to Goldsmiths students.

Alternatively, you can connect with local agents through the Housing Hand Free House Finder Service.