JITO UK Chapter - Students Assistance Programme 2021
A helpful and knowledgeable contact if you would like guidance on specific courses, coaching/mentoring or career guidance.
We can help on these and wider aspects:
- Advice on choosing relevant UK undergraduate, post graduate and MBA course or university
- Guidance on living in UK
- Specifics of UK: eg tax, medical cover, finance, renting or buying a property, driving
- Help wish finding internship or work experience
- Potential to be assigned a mentor for up to 1 year
- Last minute emergency accommodation (1-2 days)
- Coaching – eg interview practice
- Connecting with other young jains
- Network with JITO UK members (zoom, in person)
A local contact and someone knowledgeable, friendly, or just need to talk to someone local (not a replacement of guardian)
Advice and Guidance is Free
When making contacting please provide your full name, location, details of specific ask or area of help needed, any deadlines and your preferred contact details
FAQ - Students Planning to Study in the UK
If you need some specific guidance, then please email your query with the following details:
- City and country where are you are currently based
- Contact details
- Specific query with as much details as you can share
Searching for Student Accomodation in UK (and elsewhere)
Some guidelines (from different websites). There are plenty of ways you can search for student accommodation in your university city; online student letting agents, local letting agents, property portals, and even Gumtree. Even though there are lots of options out there, you should always check that they are signed up to a Government-backed Property Redress scheme such as the Property Ombudsman (TPO).
Whether you’re searching alone or as part of a group, you need to make sure that you are able to pay a security deposit when booking a property. A deposit can range anywhere between the equivalent of four and six weeks rent, and it will need to be paid prior to moving in. You should expect to pay the deposit not long after you have secured the property.
As a tenant, your tenancy agreement is something that you should pay special attention to. It will define everything from what you can and can’t do, what your landlord expects from you, the length of your tenancy agreement and what is included within your rental agreement. It’s a pretty big deal.
If you aren’t up to speed with legal terms, then you should always get someone to check it for you. Alternatively, you can contact your university accommodation office or Student Union, who will be able to check over the tenancy agreement on your behalf and give advice.
What to look for in a tenancy agreement
- Check the start date and end date of your contract
- Check the rental amount and who is liable to pay it
- Check your obligations as a tenant and make sure you agree with the terms
- Make sure that your contract allows for ‘general wear and tear’
- Check who is named on the contract:
- Booking a property as part of a group: If you are signing a ‘Joint and Several Agreements,’ all tenant names should be on the contract as well as the landlords
- Booking a property on your own: If you are signing an ‘Individual Agreement,’ your name should be on the contract as well as the landlords
- If you have a guarantor, they may also be named on the agreement
It’s a legal requirement for your deposit to be placed into a government-approved scheme. Therefore, you must check that your landlord or letting agent has lodged them into a Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme.