For new members of the University and their partners and families
If you decide to rent a home during your stay in Oxford, you will be asked early on by a letting agent whether you would like your property to be fully furnished (ie, with all the furniture and appliances), semi-furnished or unfurnished. Unfurnished properties will typically be cheaper than their furnished equivalents, but you will need to source your own furniture. Once you have decided on the property, you will enter into a tenancy agreement with the landlord (either directly or through a letting agent), which will set out the terms of the rental and other mutual rights and obligations between you and your landlord, including an initial deposit.
Landlords are required by UK law to check your right to rent before the tenancy begins. This will depend on your visa status and may be time-limited. You will be asked to provide appropriate documents to prove your right to rent for the whole of the tenancy period.
Depending on your circumstances and the terms of your employment with the University, you may opt for a short- or long-term rental.
Disclaimer: Please note that the University does not endorse any of the external websites listed above, or elsewhere in this guidance.
If you have a college affiliation, your college may be able to offer you rented accommodation, at least on a temporary basis. The Graduate Accommodation Office has some accommodation for couples and families around the city.
The University's Residential Lettings Team manage a portfolio of properties of varying sizes which may be rented by University members and the general public.
The following specialist letting agencies operate in Oxford (please note that administrative fees will be payable):
Serviced short lets (all bills included, WiFi access and linen changes) are offered by:
You may be able to get a room in a private hall of residence such as the North Oxford Overseas Centre in Summertown, or Commonwealth House on Pembroke Street.
The following property search engines list a range of properties available for rent through estate agents (realtors), and can be useful when beginning your search to get an idea of the local property market and typical rental prices:
Many people make their own arrangements for private rentals by using the following online property listing pages, although you should be careful to avoid scam landlords.
Rent is typically paid at the beginning of the month to cover the month ahead. As a result, at the start of your tenancy you should expect to pay:
Please note that letting agencies may also charge tenants fees for specific services, such as credit checks, references and administration. However, they are not allowed to charge you for simply registering with them or for showing you lists of properties available for rent.
Guidance for tenants in private housing can be found on the Oxford City Council website or from Citizens Advice, whose local branch will be happy to assist you in person or on the phone. Oxford University Student's Union (Oxford SU) has produced advice and useful resources on living out in private accommodation.