Guarantor scheme

If you don’t have a UK guarantor and need one to move into private sector accommodation, you can apply for the University to act as one on your behalf.

When does the scheme open

The scheme opens for applications in February 2020 for the 2020-21 academic year. Applications will close on 31 July 2020 at midnight.

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a full-time registered undergraduate or postgraduate student not going in to your first or final years of study for the year you are applying. For example, you are eligible if you are going in to year 1 after doing a foundation year. If you are in your final year of study, but are currently covered by the scheme, then you are also eligible to re-apply
  • demonstrate in your application that you are unable to find a UK based rent guarantor
  • be renting in Brighton & Hove or Lewes via an assured shorthold tenancy
  • be University debt free, with agreed payment plans in place for fees
  • not have any record of a serious behaviour incident at the University, such as antisocial behaviour in University-managed accommodation
  • have evidence of adequate funding for living costs for the year 
  • have found the property through Sussex Student Pad or Sussex Student Lettings
  • have found a property which is not being investigated by local authority planning enforcement teams for any breach in planning or other regulatory requirements
  • have a tenancy agreement which requires a UK based guarantor
  • pay no more than £135 per week in rent (£585 per calendar month) excluding bills
  • have a tenancy which is for a maximum of 52 weeks.

How to apply

To apply you must:

You will receive confirmation from the University that your application is valid.

You will then receive a decision as to whether the University will act as a guarantor within 10 working days from submission.

If you are successful you must pay a £50 non-refundable fee, which will be applied as a debt to your student account. You will also receive an award letter confirming that the University will act as your guarantor.

Our Housing Services team will then send the necessary paperwork to the landlord/letting agent to sign.

If you are successful, you must also meet with the Universitys Money Advice team within 14 days of being accepted onto the scheme. The team provide assistance with drawing up financial management planning techniques and will provide advice on setting up payment plans with Student Accounts.

How we act as a guarantor

We will:

  • act as a guarantor for up to 20 Sussex students per year
  • offer places on a first-come-first-served basis and subject to eligibility criteria
  • integrate any awarded funding into the student’s University Sussex Direct account and be recoverable via the usual University debt chasing process
  • guarantee the maximum amount of £135 per week (£585 per calendar month) of rent only, and does not guarantee bills
  • allow properties to be sourced only from Sussex Student Lettings, or Sussex Student Pad
  • help with finding private sector accommodation, for any applicants not awarded a place on the scheme.

Download the full terms and conditions for the scheme [PDF 259.95KB].

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