Flatshare

Welcome to Flatshare. Please read the COVID-19 Guidance before searching for or posting a flat.

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Here you will find help in looking for a new place to stay while at University. Whether it’s just a room or a whole flat you’re looking for, Flatshare should be able to offer you some good choices. Have a look through our database in case you are looking for a flat, or advertise a room or flat you have to offer.

 

Please remember that the SRC is unable to verify whether any advert is genuine, so you will have to check this for yourself. Never part with any money until you have seen a flat and signed the lease, and always make sure you get your landlord’s name and address. For more flathunting tips, please see our accommodation advice pages. If you suspect that an advert on flatshare is not genuine, please report it to us at enquiries@src.gla.ac.uk.

 COVID-19 Flatshare Guidance

The safety and wellbeing of all Glasgow University students is paramount. This guidance is intended to help students wishing to use our Flatshare service to advertise properties and those who are flat-hunting. Please be mindful that when advertising a property or flat-hunting, coronavirus restrictions in Scotland may be different to the other parts of the UK and other countries.

On 2 November 2020 the Scottish Government introduced a 5-level Covid protection system in each local area of Scotland. Glasgow will be in Level 4 (the highest level) from 20 November until 11 December 2020. Level 4 protection measures and requirements are detailed here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/pages/protection-level-4/

While the Scottish Government have stated “people can move home in all protection levels (and to and from areas with different levels)”, they are asking people to consider if they can postpone a move and related activities in areas subject to level 4 protections. https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-moving-home/

However, if you are not able to delay your move, you are allowed to leave your home in order to undertake activities in connection with the rental of a residential property including:

  • visiting estate or letting agents,
  • viewing a residential property,
  • preparing a residential property to move in, or
  • moving home.

We must still all continue to follow the advice designed to help people stay safe, protect others and save lives. To prevent transmission of COVID-19:

  • keep a physical distance of at least 2 metres from other people wherever possible
  • Wash your hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and warm water,
  • If you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitiser
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Ensure that any surfaces you come into contact with are cleaned and disinfected regularly
  • When leaving home, you can carry hand sanitiser, disinfectant wipes with you and wear a mask or face covering.

We encourage everyone involved to be as flexible as possible over this period and be prepared to delay moves. If you have suspected symptoms or COVID-19 has been confirmed, you need to self-isolate for the period of quarantine and must stay home.  You should not expect to move into any home where people have COVID-19 or are self-isolating.

Please see the NHS Scotland Inform guide at https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-general-advice

People who have been in close contact with someone who has the virus (as confirmed by testing) should self-isolate, even if they don’t have symptoms.  This is part of Test and Protect – Scotland’s approach to implementing the Test, Trace, Isolate, Support strategy.

The situation may also change and guidance is reviewed regularly so please check for updates at https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus

Advertising a property on SRC Flatshare

Please ensure that you obtain permission from your landlord or agent before advertising the property.

The process of finding and moving into a new home is different from before COVID-19.  Those involved in the process will have to adapt practices and procedures to ensure that the risk of spread of COVID-19 is reduced as far as possible.  This will include doing more of the process online, such as virtual viewings and ensuring that you continue to follow advice on physical distancing, hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Where possible, try to use virtual viewings, because if it can be done online, this is a way of reducing the number of viewers from actually entering your property. If you wish to create a virtual tour, you can use your phone or a video camera to put your footage together. If you are not sure what to include in your footage, please see our checklist to ensure all the main points are covered in your tour.

Again the rules for this phase are here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-moving-home/

Seeking a property on SRC Flatshare

If you are seeking a room or property, you may ask the person advertising to provide you with a virtual tour of the property. However, please go through our checklist and make sure that the virtual tour which you receive covers all the points in the list. If it doesn’t, and there are things you particularly wish to see, you can ask the landlord, or person advertising the room to further provide you with the information.

Remember that the virus lives on surfaces (including worktops, door handles and so on) so if you are viewing a property in person, try not to touch surfaces; and when you move into a property, make sure you do an initial clean as soon as possible.

For advice on your rights when renting privately, please see our GUSRC webpage at https://www.glasgowstudent.net/advice/accommodation/fearless-flathunting/

For more information on this from the Scottish Government, please see https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-framework-decision-making-scotlands-route-map-through-out-crisis/

Seeking flatmates on SRC Flatshare

You can still advertise yourself as looking for a room, or seeking potential flatmates on SRC Flatshare, but please maintain safety and personal distancing rules while doing so.

Rooms are available in University of Glasgow student accommodation. Contact Residential Services at accom@glasgow.ac.uk or telephone: 0141 330 4743 if interested.

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