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YourGuarantor Scheme for International Students

Helping international students secure accommodation off-campus

In the past, international students often faced difficulties when securing off-campus accommodation while studying at Brunel.Many landlords and letting agents in the private accommodation sector usually require a UK-based rent guarantor before they will agree a tenancy with you. A rent guarantor is someone who agrees to pay your rent in your place, should you not be able to pay at any point during your tenancy. It’s an insurance policy for private landlords.

If you do not have anyone who can act as your guarantor in the UK, landlords and letting agents may ask you to pay several months’ rent upfront; this can be anything from 6 to 12 months.Understandably, this high upfront cost is a barrier to some of our international students wishing to live off-campus to make the most out of their time in the UK.

To help those without a UK guarantor, we have partnered with YourGuarantor. Brunel University London is able to act as a UK rent guarantor for International and EU students renting in the private sector, giving you the opportunity to live off-campus and further enhance your UK experience.

Eligibility for the YourGuarantor Scheme

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Undergraduate Students
 Level of study Criteria to be met Rent allowance: Up to £1500 per month 
 Undergraduate Foundation Year students  Not eligible for YourGuarantor Scheme  Not eligible for YourGuarantor Scheme  
Undergraduate first year students Must have completed a full-time Foundation programme at Brunel/LBIC last academic year. First year students who have not studied in the UK before are not eligible for the scheme. Your private rented tenancy can be for up to 12 months from the end date of your foundation year
Undergraduate second year and Undergraduate placement year students Must have completed Year 1 (or Year 2 if doing placement year) of a full-time Undergraduate programme at Brunel last academic year Your private rented tenancy can be for up to 12 months from the end date of your first year (or second year if doing a placement)  
 Undergraduate Final Year students  Must have completed Year 2 (or placement year) of a full-time Undergraduate programme at Brunel last academic year  Your private rented tenancy can be for up to 12 months ending no later than 31 August of the year you are due to graduate  
Students completing one year at Brunel as part of an Exchange/Study Abroad programme Must be studying at Brunel for one year as part of a multi-year non-uk degree course Your private rented tenancy must be between enrolment and UK course finish date  
Postgraduate Students (Taught and Research)
 Level of studyCriteria to be metTenancy allowance
 Postgraduate first year students doing a 1 year course  

Must have completed either a full-time Undergraduate or Postgraduate programme at Brunel. Or a completed a degree course or equivalent of least one year at another UK/ non-UK higher education institution

Your private rented tenancy can be for up to 12 months from the end date of your previous course or from the day you enrol at Brunel. The end of the tenancy must not surpass the end date of your course at Brunel
 Postgraduate first year students doing a course of more than 1 year  Must have completed either a full-time Undergraduate or Postgraduate programme at Brunel. Or a completed a degree course or equivalent of least one year at another UK/ non-UK higher education institution  Your private rented tenancy can be for up to 12 months from the end date of your previous course or from the day you enrol at Brunel.
 Postgraduate Returning students  None  Your private rented tenancy can be for up to 12 months from the date your previous academic year finished
 Postgraduate Final Year students  None  Your private rented tenancy can be for up to 12 months ending no later than the end date of your course

How much will it cost?

  • The university guarantee costs 3.5% of the value of your tenancy or lease. This fee is required upfront.
  • You can estimate the cost using the calculator on the YourGuarantor website.
    (Value of the lease = monthly rent x number of months of the lease). In shared accommodation this will equal the individual students’ share of the value of the lease.

 

How does it work?

  • The scheme will be administered by Brunel University London Student Centre
  • Before submitting an application, you must confirm with the landlord / letting agent that they are willing to agree that the university can act as guarantor prior to applying for the scheme
  • You can make an application online at YourGuarantor
  • Applications will be assessed by Brunel University London Student Centre
  • Confirmation of acceptance will be sent to you via email
  • A certificate of the university’s guarantee will be available online once you have paid the fee

 

What does the scheme cover?

  • The scheme covers rent arrears only
  • The guarantee is only applicable to Assured Shorthold Tenancies
  • The university is able to guarantee rent per person up to a maximum of £1,500pcm
  • Brunel University London Student Centre reserves the right to reject applications where we are aware that the property / landlord in question has a history of negative feedback

Reponsibilities

Students - your reponsibilities

  • You are not aware of any current circumstance that would prevent you from satisfying all your responsibilities, as set out in the proposed tenancy agreement
  • You understand that, although the university will act as Guarantor, you will remain liable for any losses, damages, expenses and/or costs that the Landlord would normally be entitled to recover
  • You understand that any rent paid out on your behalf or additional costs incurred by the university under any Guarantee they may provide on your behalf shall remain your responsibility until settled in full
  • You understand that the university may, at their own discretion, appoint a third party to recover any losses on its behalf
  • You will notify the university and landlord as soon as you become aware of any circumstance, or potential circumstance, which could affect your ability to satisfy your responsibilities under the proposed tenancy agreement
  • You undertake to cooperate with the university as required in order to minimise their liability under any Guarantee that they provide on your behalf and understand that this may mean vacating the rental property if the rent is in arrears
  • You must establish the landlord / managing agent’s acceptance of the university guarantee prior to making an application
  • You understand that by accepting the Guarantee offered by the university, you are confirming acceptance & understanding of the responsibilities set out in these commitments

Brunel’s responsibilties

  • Where a rental payment is missed the Landlord / managing agent must notify the university with 14 days
  • Brunel Student Centre will contact you to establish the circumstances surrounding the missed payment and offer an appointment with a Student Centre Advisor to advise and assist you
  • When the payment becomes overdue by 31 days the university will instigate payment to the landlord. (Payment can take up to a further 31 days from this point)
  • As stated above in points 3 & 4 of the Students Responsibilities, the university reserves the right to recover costs in the event of payments made but we will not impose sanctions for the recovery of any payments made on your behalf as this would contravene the Office of Fair Trading guidance which states that imposing sanctions while trying to retrieve non-academic debt would be unlawful

Further Information

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