Student Accommodation

Letting Agency in Portstewart

As an experienced Portstewart student lettings agent, our knowledge and expertise will make your search for student housing as easy as possible, and ensure you find the right property for you.

Whether you're looking as an individual or with a group of friends, we have a great range of student houses, flats and apartments to let for Coleraine University students.

We find that the most popular areas for students in the area is primarily Portstewart but we have other suitable properties in Coleraine and Portrush.

Client money handling procedure

How do we ensure our tenants are protected?

We are a registered member of the Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme. This is a client money protection scheme to ensure your money is handled in the correct manner.

Student Tips, Guides & Helpful Information

At Lemontree we specialise in student accommodation we're able to offer a student tailored process to make it as stress free and easy as possible for all our future and existing tenants. There is no doubt that moving away from home to start university can be a daunting experience. Whilst for some students this can be a piece of cake, for others it can be a difficult process with lots of questions to ask.

Lemontree therefore have developed some guides from looking for your student accommodation right through to a guide on checking out. If there is anything more you would like to ask about renting student accommodation with Lemontree please get in touch!

Student Property Searching & Viewing

When it comes to looking for new student accommodation you'll probably have a lot of questions.

Whether you're in your first year or last year as a student, we've highlighted some frequently asked questions on Newcastle student accommodation to help you out, below.

How do I Search for a Property?

All of our student accommodation can be found on our website. Alongside each listing we include:

  • A property description
  • Photographs

Each area will come with its own selection of benefits, such as:

  • Being close to the universities
  • Rent costs
  • Public transport links
  • Green Spaces
  • Proximity to shops

What Property Types do Lemontree Have?

Lemontree have a wide selection of accommodation for students, meaning there's something for groups of all sizes.

From one to six bedrooms, the properties you'll find include:

  • Houses
  • Flats
  • Town Houses
  • House Shares
  • Properties with en-suites

The majority of our student lets feature double rooms. However, some properties have rooms of varying sizes. In this instance, the rooms will have different rents assigned to them, which is based on size.

Are Properties Furnished or Unfurnished?

  • All of Lemontree student accommodation in is fully furnished.

Aside from furniture, our properties are supplied with a number of other household amenities. These may include:

  • Kitchen appliances
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Ironing board
  • Dustpan & brush

(Please check as each property differs)

How Much Will I Pay in Rent?

When it comes to rental costs at our student accommodation, this will vary depending on the size and location of the property.

Does the Rent Include Bills?

All of our student accommodation is self-contained, and students will be liable for paying utility bills on top of rent. Electricity / Gas / Oil.

We recommend that on average, students should pay between £10 - £12 a week per person on bills.

What if I Have a Car?

For those students that have a car, or are thinking of bringing one with them, most of our properties come with off-street parking. Just make sure you ask about it beforehand.

Does Lemontree Let to First Year Students?

At Lemontree we provide student accommodation to first, second, third or fourth-year students, postgraduate and placement year students.

I am Looking for a House Share Property, do you Have Anything Available?

All of our house share properties can be found on our website.

If you can't find anything that matches your criteria, we can register your details and keep them on file. We can then contact you when something suited to you becomes available.

When Should I Start Looking for Accommodation?

While there are no rules when it comes to finding student accommodation, those in large groups should start sooner rather than later. Our properties are released every December for the following academic year, so the earlier bigger groups start searching the more choice you'll have.

This is particularly true if you want a six bed property - as they get snapped up pretty fast.

But, before you start your search, you should consider the following questions:

  • Do we want to be in a flat or a house?
  • What is our budget for rent and utility bills?

Our property search tool can help you narrow this search. This allows you to filter properties based on property type, number of bedrooms, price and location. You can then add these to your favourites.

At Lemontree we know group sizes can change once you start looking. But this is nothing to worry about, as we can be as flexible as possible when it comes to securing your ideal student property.

Things you should consider before searching for your student property include:

  • Distance to your University - Portstewart is 5 miles from Coleraine University
  • Public transport links to the University - there is a bus every hour
  • Distance to shops, bars, restaurants and cafes
  • Whether the area is quiet or busy
  • Viewing

How Do I Book a Viewing?

Once you've decided on the student accommodation you'd like to view, you can send us a booking request via email -

Or you can contact a member of our friendly team on 02870831113

When it comes to viewing our student accommodation, we will book in a few properties. This allows you to save time and view multiple properties in one go.

The amount you'll see in one viewing will depend on the distance between properties.

What Fees do I Have to Pay as a Student?

Lemontree doesn't charge any agency fees when renting student accommodation.

What Paper Work do I Need to Fill in?

When it comes to your new student accommodation, a member of our team will prepare all the paperwork.

They'll then send this out and it can be esigned, if need be we will go through all of the paperwork with you, and provide help with any questions you may have.

What are the Rent Payment Options?

  • Full payment upfront
  • Nine monthly direct debits
  • Pay September rent then two termly payments - collected in line with student loan dates- October and February

How Do I Secure a Property?

Once you've found the student accommodation that you want, it can be secured by each tenant putting down a deposit equivalent to a month's rent. This is NOT an agency fee, but part of your security deposit bond.

Lemontree will then remove the property from our website and any marketing sites. You'll then be asked to complete an application form to register your details. This will allow Lemontree to draft the legal documentation mentioned above.

A Guide to Student Lettings Documentation

Lemontree understands that the process of renting student accommodation can be overwhelming. This is mostly due to the number of forms and documents you'll be faced with.

Below, we've highlighted a number of frequently asked questions in relation to our student lettings documents. If there's anything else you'd like to know that isn't on this page, please do get in touch.

What is a Security Deposit Bond and How much is it?

A Security Deposit Bond is the money each tenant is required to pay before the tenancy starts, this then acts as security for the landlord against any damages or loss of rent.

At Lemontree, the amount payable is the equivalent to a month's rent.

Once it's been paid, the money is then registered with a government-backed tenancy deposit scheme. This will remain in the deposit scheme until the end of the tenancy, at which point it will be repaid to the tenant less any money owed for rent, damages or other costs which will be deducted first.

More Information

Should any deductions be made, students will be provided with all supporting paperwork and invoices. We will always try to resolve any disputes, or questions, regarding deductions.

Where is my Security Deposit Bond Held?

We register all Security Deposit Bond monies with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS). The money is then handled under the terms of the scheme.

Your deposit will then be protected by the TDS who can help to resolve any disputes at the end of the tenancy.

All tenants will be provided with a guide on the TDS once they've secured their property. We provide a copy of the certificate to all tenants via email and also in the student's welcome pack upon moving into the property.

Information and advice

What is a Guarantor?

This is a third party to the tenancy agreement, who guarantees all rent will be paid if the tenant fails to. This a usually a student's parent or family member.

All tenants renting student accommodation with Lemontree will need a guarantor. This person needs to be a UK citizen, over the age of 18 and in full-time employment.

If a guarantor cannot be provided, we may request all rent to be paid in advance.

I'm an International Student and I don't have a Guarantor, what can I do?

If you're in this situation, there's no need to panic, as there are other options available.

For those that need more information regarding this, you can either give us a call or pop in for a chat.

What is a Tenancy Agreement?

All of Lemontree's student accommodation is let with a tenancy agreement. This is a legally binding contract between yourself and the landlord.

It will specify the terms and conditions of the tenancy while setting out all obligations relating to your rent, occupation of the property and conditions.

What is House of Multiple Occupancy?

A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a property with three or more bedrooms.

All of our HMO licensed properties fully comply with HMO licensing regulations and have been inspected by Belfast City Council Public Health officials.

What does Joint and Several Liability Mean?

When several tenants move into a single property, they'll all sign one tenancy agreement. This is a joint contract and is a common practice in the student accommodation industry.

Therefore, when it comes to the rent, each tenant is liable both jointly and individually. So, if one tenant fails to pay the rent, the remaining tenants will be accountable.

Do Lemontree Require Reference Checks?

All UK students with a signed guarantor form from a UK citizen won't require reference checks from a previous landlord. We do work with other local lettings and ask for a reference from them on occasion. This is to make the signing up process easier for tenants.

However, if you should enter into a tenancy agreement by yourself, Lemontree will require references for your guarantor.

What is an Inventory?

Inventories are in place to protect both the tenants and the landlord. They list everything present in the property, and here at Lemontree, we've developed an easy inventory for tenants to follow. Some Landlords do not issue inventory's but we would ask students to notify us if they notice anything on arrival.

Issued to the first person that collects their keys, we ask that the inventory is returned within the next seven days. This gives tenants the chance to check over everything inside the inventory to ensure everything matches inside the property. This also gives you the chance to state if anything doesn't match up.

The returned inventory is then used when tenants 'check out' at the end of the tenancy, helping to ensure everything is still how it was found.

A Guide to Moving into Student Accommodation

At Lemontree, we understand that moving into a home for the first time can be daunting.

For our tenants, we understand this can be very stressful when studies are added on top. To help make the process as easy and stress-free as possible, we've highlighted some helpful tips when it comes to moving into your new student accommodation.

Meter Readings

When moving into your student accommodation, Lemontree will provide you with all your meter readings.

These will be given to you at the start of the tenancy when you collect your keys.

When your tenancy end's we will also take the final meter readings.

Utility Bills

Your student accommodation will have full working, and connected, electricity and gas (if applicable) when you move in.

But, while Lemontree will provide you with the meter readings, due to the properties being self-contained, tenants MUST contact the companies to register their name and are liable for paying all gas, electricity charges.

Upon moving in, each group will be responsible for contacting the appropriate supplier and setting up the account from the tenancy start date.

Useful contacts

  • Gas Emergency
    Firmus energy
    A4-A5 Fergusons Way
    Kilbegs Rd
    BT41 4LZ
    0330 024 9000
  • Gas
    24 Hour Northern Ireland Gas Emergency Service
    0800 002 001
  • Electricity Providers
    03457 455 455

Paying Bills

With several bills required for the house, it's sensible to put one tenant in charge.

For more information on this, please view our Help with Bills page.

Help with bills

Contents Insurance

Before moving in, it's important to ensure you have contents insurance. It's best to do this individually.

While your landlord will have building insurance to cover the building, you'll need this to ensure your personal contents are covered should you suffer a flood, fire or break-in.

When can I collect my keys?

Your keys will be available from Lemontree Lettings office, 62 The Promenade, Portstewart BT55 7AF from 10 am on the date the tenancy begins.

Once all documentation has been received, keys will be handed out on an individual basis.

Get in touch

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