Frequently asked questions
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Unlike private house shares, there's no bills to pay on top of your rent. All of our en-suite student rooms include utility bills, free high speed WiFi and contents insurance*. Plus there's onsite maintenance and 24/7 staff presence from our small and friendly team.
*For those booking 46 weeks or over.
In this difficult time we want to help any way we can.
We are now offering a flexible start date, in line with when your university reopens its doors. This means if your university start date for 20/21 is postponed, the start of your tenancy with us will be adjusted to match.
If you’re moving to the UK from abroad, you’ll have to isolate for 14 days to meet the government guidelines. We're offering 2 weeks rent free for those wanting to move-in before the course starts.
- All students looking to stay at Riverside House for the academic year starting September 2020 are eligible
- Students who have confirmed bookings already are also eligible and would just need to inform our team of any changes their university has made to their start date
How it works
- Room bookings for 20/21 academic year are being taken as normal
- If your university start date has been moved please contact our team to let us know
- Once verified, a new move-in date can be mutually agreed to match your new university start date
What we need from you
- Notice from you that your university start date has been moved
- Proof of some form from your education body, an official statement or copy of any correspondence received
The booking process for 20/21 is outlined within our Safety Measures page
In such challenging times we wanted to reassure you that the health and wellbeing of our residents and colleagues is our top priority. Riverside House is still open and operational with enhanced procedures in place designed to protect our staff and residents at all times.
We continue to support every student still residing with us to ensure day-to-day life is safe, welcoming and adheres to the current government advice.
This means adapting our usual services and introducing new means of distancing. Below is a list of the measures we’ve implemented and will continue to acknowledge during this difficult period.
- Our on-site team practice social distancing measures with each other and residents, including the introduction of 2 meter lines in the reception area
- External guests are not allowed in the building at any point during this time
Cleaning & Hygiene
- A period of 72 hours is left once a resident vacates a cluster before our housekeeping team can enter. Housekeeping team is provided with gloves, masks and aprons.
- Hand sanitiser and tissues are provided for staff & residents in reception area
- All hard surfaces in communal areas and offices are cleaned every 2 hours
- Door handles are frequently sanitised key fobs are also sanitised prior to issuing to new residents
- Temporary closure of social area
- Ensuring emergency maintenance and repairs continue as required without interruption
- Holding parcels in reception for recipients to collect
- Giving advice and support to those needing to self-isolate, including delivery of grocery shopping to clusters
We will continue to support our residents during this difficult time. We also want to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful staff who are working around the clock to keep the building open, safe and assisting our students when they need it.
View Full Safety Measures Guide here
The people you live with will become your Covid-19 household bubble. The other occupants within your cluster flat will become your new family. This means you'll still be able to socialise with the other residents of your cluster should any local lockdowns be imposed.
Yes! All utility bills are included as well as contents insurance (42+ week tenancies only), Wi-Fi, and TV licenses in communal areas.
Booking with us is simple!
To apply for your room all you need to do is complete our online booking form.
Once we've reviewed your application our team will be in touch with additional details, and they'll provide you with information to pay your £100 holding deposit which acts to secure your room.
Our dedicated lettings team will then begin processing your application and contact you to confirm and finalise your tenancy!
All bedrooms at Riverside House are:
- Queen size
- Fully furnished
You'll be able to choose from our Standard or Accessible room types, and your preferred contract length which range from 4 - 52 weeks.
Our cluster pods range from 3 - 7 bedrooms so you'll be sharing the Kitchen & Living space with your flatmates.
If you're pre-paying in full, you won't require a guarantor.
If you’re paying your rent in instalments, you will need a guarantor. That gives us – and you – the security that your rent will be paid in full.
This person should be a permanent resident of the UK, who has lived in the UK for more than three years, and is recognised as a taxpayer by HMRC.
They’ll need to provide us with proof of address (less than three months old) and photo ID.
Don’t have a UK guarantor? You can still pay in instalments, with a guarantor from Housing Hand.
Our clusters range from 3 to 7 rooms and we will always do our best to accommodate your preferred living arrangements.
Upon application you'll be asked to complete a flatmate survey to detail your preferences. Be sure to mention any additional points to our team.
We are located on Blackfriars Road, just a few minutes walk away from the University of Salford campus and a short walk or drive from Manchester's city centre.
We have no hidden costs or fees.
You'll be asked to pay a £100 Reservation Fee in order to secure your room, this is then used towards your first week's rent.
A £250 security deposit is also required to begin tenancy and is returned at the end of the period.
Yes! We have parking on site for you to rent. We also offer free cycle storage.
Under normal circumstances we would say yes, of course, it is your home. However things are a little different this year, and all government updates are to be acknowledged during your residency with us at Riverside House. You can find more information on the current local restrictions here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/greater-manchester-local-restrictions
You can review our full Safety Measures Guide here
Yes of course, it is your home.
You can have one guests stay with you for up to 2 nights within a 7 day period.
You may make an overnight guest request for more than 2 nights, which will need to be approved in advance, a fee will be charged per night.
Speak to a member of staff at reception for more information.
Please log in or register an account with our Resident Portal to have access to feedback or maintenance submissions.
You can also speak to a member of staff at reception and they will be more than happy to assist you.
Riverside House prides itself on providing free bedding packs including towels and kitchen packs with all the essentials. You may want to bring some decorative items to personalise your room.