Searching for a Flat

Once you have an idea of the type of property you are looking for and have an idea about your price range, then it's time to start your search! There are a wide range of options for searching for a flat, and these are some of the preferred methods used by RGU students.

Searching Top Tips

  • Use a range of search engines to find flats that meets you location, lease length, bedroom numbers, and other feature needs.
  • Ask yourself, if the location is convenient for studies and your social life?
  • Check if the property is well connected to bus routes and transport to get to university or work.
  • Try to find out about the average bills for the property or an electricty certificate to see how expensive it will be.
  • Watch out for listings which say 'No Students'!



ASPC is an Aberdeen specific property search agency which showcases a variety of properties in Aberdeen City and Shire. It is a valuable tool for searching, offering easy to understand icons for key features, floor plans, and an app for mobile devices. Students can set up favourites for properties they like.



Rightmove is a leading UK property portal which showcases properties across the UK. It's search function gives detailed descriptions, including a chance to download energy certificates, view floorplans and check for local schools. 



RGU:Move is a student run group on Facebook where individuals can post about flats or rooms they are renting or looking for. It is a helpful place to look if you are just wanting a room, or want to hear feedback from RGU students. However, be cautious as these properties are not formally vetted by the Union or University, and all transactions must be done safely. 



StudentPad is a search engine function run by the University Accommodation Team and lists flats or rooms for rent in Aberdeen. StudentPad is valuable as to have the property listed, they must follow a series of checks from the University on things like landlord registration, gas safe certification and more. 



As well as external search engines, you can also use RGU:Union's Live Right Campaign website to help you on your property search. In the Ratings section of the website, you can read and write reviews of letting agencies. On each letting agency page, you can find a link to their webpage or live property listings. So, if you find a letting agency with good reviews, why not click through and view their listings? 



Zoopla is a comprehensive property search website with a diverse range of features that make it a great option for searching for a flat. You can use their map function to draw the area you are looking to search, as well as getting an average monthly breakdown of living costs. They have an app avaliable to download, and you can set up e-mail notifications for properties that match your criteria.



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