Housing & Accommodation Advice

University of Dundee students can receive free and confidential advice from our advice team

Accommodation in Dundee is very limited, so when looking for somewhere to live you may wish to expand your search to include areas such as Perth, Fife and Angus.

You can check out our dedicated Facebook page (included below) for room vacancies. If you require urgent assistance in finding accommodation please email our advice team.

What we can do for you

  • Explain your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
  • Give advice on your landlord’s rights and responsibilities.
  • Help with inventory and deposits.
  • Give advice on repair issues.
  • Answer questions on any other housing matters.
  • Our guides to renting in Dundee

    Student Pads

    Get alerts emailed to you when student accommodation, houses and flats come available in Dundee & Abertay.

    Marks Out Of Tenancy

    Providing reviews and ratings for landlords, letting agents, rental properties and neighbourhoods.

    DUSA Housing Book

    Download our PDF booklet to read more about the services we offer and find answers to commonly asked questions.

    DUSA Housing was created to give University of Dundee students a place where they could look for or advertise a room to rent.

    This page is run and managed by DUSA for University of Dundee students.

    Only University of Dundee students or prospective students can place an advert.

    To place an advert complete our room to rent form and send the form to housing@dusa.co.uk from your dundee.ac.uk email


    Letting agencies are private companies that can help you find private rented accommodation that suits you. Most agencies also manage the day-to-day running of the tenancy.

    A tenancy agreement is a legally binding document and once signed, you are bound by its terms.  ‘If you have a Private Residential Tenancy you should be able to give 28 days notice in writing (unless you have agreed otherwise with your landlord). If you are a joint tenant and your flatmates do not wish to leave you will have to negotiate with them and your landlord to be able to leave early.

    A landlord/agent can charge up to two months’ rent as a deposit.

    A joint tenancy is a tenancy where all tenants sign the same agreement and are “joint and severally liable”. This means you are all equally responsible for paying the rent and keeping to the terms of your tenancy agreement.

    Residences do not offer family accommodation.

    Guarantors are not a legal requirement however some landlords/agents insist on having a guarantors agreement in place.

    Make sure your landlord provides a guarantors agreement which states the total amount liable for. If you have a joint tenancy, a guarantor could be held liable for all tenants.

    Contents insurance is insurance that pays for damage to, or loss of, an individual’s personal possessions while they are located within that individual’s home.

    Your landlord is responsible for ensuring that buildings insurance is in place.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that contents insurance is in place.

    Since December 2017 the most common type of tenancy is the Private Residential tenancy (PRT). If you have lived in your property since before then you may still have a Short Assured Tenancy. However if you live in purpose built student accommodation through a private company or the university or with your landlord, you will be a common law tenant..

    Use the Shelter Scotland tenancy checker to see what type of tenancy you have.

    48 hours written notice should be given prior to the landlord/agent entering your property except in an emergency. They cannot use any retained keys to access the property eithout your permission.

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