It can be a daunting and complicated process looking for your student home, here at Steel City Living we like to make things as simple as possible. 

The Renting Process

Find Property – Before you start your property search it is important as a group to agree on: Group Size, Budget and Preferred area

Property Application – You have viewed and found a house. It’s time to complete your application and pay deposits, and go through the security checks.

Tenancy – Your tenancy starts, time to collect your keys and move in. You will need to review your check-in inventory & if you have selected excluding bills set up your utility services.


How do we arrange a viewing?

If you have seen a property you want to view you can use the ‘book a viewing tab on our website, call 07384 252 558 or alternatively email

Are there any Fees?

There are NO application fees.

Please find below a breakdown of current tenant charges. Deposit – A deposit of £200 is required which is requested upon signing the tenancy agreement. During Tenancy Any rental payment overdue by more than 14 days will be charged interest at the rate of 3% over the Bank of England Base Rate. This is calculated from the date the payment is due until the payment was received. Pay the resonable costs for the replacement of lost keys.

How much is the deposit?

The deposit is £200.00 per person

Is the deposit protected?

Yes your deposit is protected under the custodial Scheme with the Deposit Protection Scheme. For more information please visit the website:

We have viewed a house, and want it – how do we sign?

Signing for a property couldn’t be easier, simply locate the property on our website and click apply to begin the application process. Once the security checks have come back clear you will be able to complete an e-sign of your contract online.

What is the contract we sign?

There are 2 types of contracts we use:

Groups – A group contract is predominately a 12 month contract starting from 1 July to 30 June. The contract will be a ‘Joint and Several Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement’. This means you are all jointly liable for the dent for all the property.

Room Only – This contract is a room only contract, for you as an individual.

Are bills included?

Within the property description itself you will see if the property is available as including or excluding bills. Most properties are including all of the bills.

Do we have to pay council tax?

Full time students are exempt from paying council tax. You will be required to provide a copy of your student exemption certificate.

Do we need a TV Licence?

If you are opting for bills included this will be covered for you. On a Joint contract you only require one license per property.

We have signed for a property what happens if one of us wants to leave the contract?

The contract is legally binding for the duration of the dates stated within the contract. You will have to find a replacement and this person must complete the application process and agree to sign the group tenancy. Additional charges may apply to produce a new contract.

Do we need contents insurance?

Although this is not a mandatory requirement, most tenants insure their personal belongings. We would be happy to provide you with recommendations of competitive insurance.

Do we need parking permits?

The majority of student areas have been made into ‘Parking Permit Only’ by the Sheffield City Council.  The council normally issue 2 permits per property along with visitor books. To find out more information please visit:

What if we want to renew our contract for another year?

If you want to stay in the property another year, please contact us as soon as possible. We will contact you in October to establish if this will be of interest.

Who is responsible for the smoke alarms?

The alarms are all tested at the beginning of your tenancy. We will test the smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm at each inspection. Tenants must not tamper with the fire alarms & should contact us if there is any problems.

What happens if something breaks or stop working in the house?

We would love to say that things will never be wrong in the house, but on occasion these things happen. It is important to notify us straight away if you spot something isn’t working or is broken by emailing OR using our maintenance page (coming soon)