Housing

Renting

Many of our new employees arriving in Bath for the first time, opt for Airbnb www.airbnb.co.uk. With airbnb you can choose the type of accommodation you need and the price you feel is appropriate.

The following links might be helpful in looking for more permanent rental accommodation :

Buying a House

There are no legal restrictions on expatriates buying property in the United Kingdom. The costs associated with buying a home can be roughly split into two section, upfront costs and ongoing costs.  

Upfront costs are not limited to:

  • Stamp duty
  • Deposit (normally ranges from 5-40% of the property cost)
  • Mortgage costs (when taking out a mortgage there are costs associate with arrangement, booking and valuation fees)
  • Legal fees (potential solicitor or conveyancer to act on your behalf)
  • Land registry (these are paid to the UK government of transferring property legal deeds to the new owner)
  • Removal costs (Transferring your possession to the UK

Ongoing costs are not limited to:

  • Mortgage repayments
  • Maintenance and repair
  • Insurance (potential building and home content insurance)
  • Regular bills (E.g. Utility bills)

The government website has a very helpful ‘How to buy a home guidance’.

Council tax 

You usually have to pay for council tax if you are 18 or over and own or rent a home. Council tax is a local tax system used in the United Kingdom which is an annual fee that your local council charges you for the local services, e.g. rubbish collection and libraries. Every property is put into a council tax band which determines the amount of tax you will have to pay.

Utility Bills

When renting or owning a home you are likely to be responsible for paying utility bills. The most common utility bills are as follows:

  • Gas
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Agency Fees
  • House insurance
  • Broadband
  • Landline
  • TV License

Please make sure that if you are renting the tenancy agreement states which bills you and/or the landlord is responsible for.

When setting up your utility bills it is advised to compare the market to find the best deal. 

Commuting Times

When choosing your home location you might want to consider the commute time and costs to and from the University to your new home. The University has several commuting to work loans in place which can help you to decide how you wish to commute to campus. For travel advice please click here.