Rent Guarantor Scheme
The purpose of this scheme is to enable University of Edinburgh students to rent private accommodation that may not otherwise be available, because a UK-based rent guarantor is required.
The Scheme is open to overseas, EU and UK students where no alternative UK guarantors are available.
The University is prepared to act as Rent Guarantor for rent payable under a Short Assured Tenancy or Private Residential Tenancy if you do not have a UK guarantor. This is provided should you:
- be a full-time student matriculated onto a degree programme at the University of Edinburgh and with at least 6 months remaining on your programme of study
- have no debts to the University of Edinburgh
- be progressing academically in your programme of studies
- be able to demonstrate that you have the finances in place to maintain your rent payments during the tenancy
- be able to provide a satisfactory accommodation reference either from the University's Accommodation Services or the landlord with whom you are currently renting from (if applicable).
- if the tenancy is subject to a 'joint and several' liability contract, then all named tenants must be eligible and applying to the scheme.
Please note that the University reserves the right to postpone the processing of your application if you have a history of repeat studies or re-sits until such time as we are satisfied that you will be able to progress with your studies.
For new students, who are not yet fully matriculated at the University, we cannot assess your application for the Rent Guarantor Scheme until:
- You have completed annual registration
- Your attendance has been confirmed
- You have accepted regulations
Until these steps have been completed, we are unable to assess an application for you. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Further details about registering can be found here: Completing Online Registration.
Please see the ‘Next steps if you do not meet Eligibility Criteria’ section of the webpage for further types of support.
If you are applying for a property with other tenants, then please note that tenancies subject to a 'joint and several' liability contract cannot be considered, unless all named tenants are eligible and applying to the scheme. In most cases, tenancies are subject to a 'joint and several' liability contract.
- The guarantee will cover rent only (it will not cover utility bills) and the University will limit the amount it will agree to guarantee. The current rental limit is £700 per calendar month.
- The University will only guarantee a tenancy agreement for a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 12 months.
- Should you wish to remain in the property after 12 months, you would have to re-apply to the scheme.
Under this scheme, you will pay rent directly to the landlord or your agent/landlord in the normal way. If you require the university to pay your rent, you must promptly notify the Scholarships and Student Funding Services Manager by e-mail, stating the reasons for the non-payment along with the amount due and the due date, so that arrangements can be made to pay the rent on your behalf.
Landlords must also notify the Scholarships and Student Funding Services Manager by e-mail if the rent is two months in arrears.
If the University of Edinburgh is required to pay rent on your behalf, the University will invoice you and the debt will be added to your University account.
Please note that all supporting documents are required to enable us to process your application.
You should complete the rent guarantor application form and submit it along with the required supporting documents in order to be considered under this scheme.
You will be required to submit:
- evidence of future funding to demonstrate that you have the funding in place to cover your rent for the coming year
- your last three months bank statements (for all accounts)
- an official reference letter from the University's Accommodation Services (if you stayed in University accommodation during the previous year) or the landlord with whom you rented during the previous year
- dates of the proposed tenancy
- terms and conditions of the lease, including the prospective tenant's details (for all tenants) and the property's details (this is a copy of the formal lease but does not need to be signed at the point of applying to the scheme)
If you are accepted onto the scheme, we will request a copy a signed copy of the lease from you at that time.
(without a prospective property)
(with a prospective property)
|1||All tenants submit an application form with all required supporting documentation||All tenants submit an application form with all required supporting documentation|
|2||If supporting documents are missing, we will contact you to request this||If supporting documents are missing, we will contact you to request this|
|3||If eligible and all documents provided, your application will be passed to management for final decision||If eligible and all documents provided, your application will be passed to management for final decision|
|4||Once provisionally approved, you will receive a letter confirming this||
If approved, you will receive a letter confirming this. You must then pay the £30 admin fee and you will all need to complete a Rent Guarantor Agremeent form.
|5||Once you find a property you send us the terms and conditions of the lease||Once above steps are completed, we will write to the letting agency/landlord to confirm the University acting as guarantor|
|6||Please go to step 3 of Full Application to see rest of journey after this point||We will request a copy of the signed lease for the property|
If your application to be considered under this scheme is rejected and you disagree with this decision, you will be entitled to appeal in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students will be required to clearly indicate how they believe an incorrect decision has been made. You will be informed of the outcome of your appeal within seven working days.
EUSA Advice Place staff will be able to advise you as to whether or not you have sufficient grounds to request a review.
Due to the large volumes of applications we have recently received, this service has currently been suspended until further notice.
If you have submitted an application, we are currently working on them in date order. Please ensure you reply to any correspondence from us as quickly as possible.
When it has been agreed to support an application, you will be required to pay an annual administration fee of £30. Once this has been received, a rent guarantee agreement will be drawn up which the University will require you to sign confirming your responsibility for rent owed and paid by the University on your behalf.
It can take up to 20 working days to process an application if all the required supporting documents and information have been provided. Incomplete applications, where supporting documents are missing can take longer than 20 working days to process.
What will delay my application?
- Incomplete applications
- Documents missing
- Information not supplied by your room mates
- Scholarships Team having to chase for follow up information
These timescales are indicative and during periods of high volumes of applications, our processing timescale may be longer.
Thank you for your interest in our Scheme and for assisting our students to obtain private tenancies. We are aware that not all letting agents and landlords are familiar with how the University's Rent Guarantor Scheme works. The process for successful applicants to this scheme is that once an applicant is approved, we would send a letter to the relevant landlord/letting agency to confirm the University was acting as guarantor for rent only for a time limited period; up to a maximum of 1 year*.
Unfortunately, we cannot complete guarantor forms and/or sign leases and this is because it would be the University acting as guarantor for successful applicants, not an individual member of staff.
Please note that due to data protection we will not be able to correspond on behalf of and between students and landlords/letting agents.
If you have any questions about the Rent Guarantor Scheme please contact us for further information.
*with the option for applicants to reapply to the Scheme the following year if they wish to continue in their tenancy and are still eligible.
Who to contact
For further information about the Rent Guarantor Scheme, please contact: