frequently asked questions

making a booking

  1. Do I need to pay a deposit? What's the true Guarantee? arrow_drop_down

    All students are required to pay £250 deposit across our sites is fully refundable, in cases where:

    • the candidate fails to get the results to attend that City and university they selected
    • Their VISA is declined
    • Or they choose to move to another City where we are yet to have a true accommodation.
  2. How much is it to live at true Glasgow? arrow_drop_down

    At our brand new Glasgow accommodation, we have a a few different room options available. These include:

    • true Club Suites - from £150 per week
    • Shared Apartments - From £150 per week

    You can book the best room for you now! 

  3. How can I make a booking? arrow_drop_down

    You can book direct with true using our online booking service on this website. 

    In order for a direct booking to be confirmed, all required documents must be returned including a guarantor agreement, tenancy agreement, deposit payment and provision for your rent payments. Any incomplete or incorrect applications will not be accepted. A booking will only be confirmed by true once all the necessary documentation has been supplied.

  4. What does being a guarantor mean? arrow_drop_down

    All students who wish to take up our rent installment plan are required to provide a UK guarantor (excludes the Isle of Man and Channel Islands).

    By agreeing to be a guarantor, you are signing a legal document stating that you agree to pay the rent and guarantee the behaviour of the resident if they default. Please do not sign this agreement if you do not wish to take on this responsibility.

    Any student who does not have a UK guarantor will be required to pay the full year’s rent upon application.

  5. Do I have to be a student to live with true? arrow_drop_down

    To take out a tenancy with us you need to be eligible for council tax exemption. This applies to all full-time students and some part-time students. If you’re unsure, your university or college should be able to let you know.

  6. What are the Terms and Conditions of staying with true? arrow_drop_down

    All rooms that are let directly to students are done so using a Short Assured Tenancy Agreement. This agreement outlines what is expected of the resident and, in turn, true’s obligations as a landlord.

    The agreements are a legally binding document and should be read carefully. Once signed they are for a fixed term and should the resident wish to move out of the accommodation before the end date, they will remain liable for the full rent until the end of the contracted period and are responsible for the condition of the property regardless of whether they are staying in the hall or not.

international students

  1. Visa Information arrow_drop_down

    If you are a foreign national, in order to take up your offer at your preferred university, you will need a UK student visa. For more information please visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs website.

  2. Bank Accounts arrow_drop_down

    Whilst living in the UK, you will find it a whole lot easier having a UK bank account. Many British banks offer students a range of deals for setting up an account, so do a little research before making a final decision. Here are some options to help you get started browsing:

  3. Getting Around arrow_drop_down

    If you are a UK student, you are entitled to travel discount cards that apply to national train and bus networks across the country. Here are some travel options to help you get started:

    • Young Persons Railcard - If you are 25 and under, these cards are £30 for the year and allows you 30% off train travel
    • Young Persons Coach Card - If you are 26 and under, these cards are only £10 for the year plus p&p or £25 for 3 years plus p&p and allows you 30% off National Express bus journeys
    • Subway Smartcard - Special to Glasgow, these cards are a flexible, reusable and quick way to travel on the subway. You can register for a smartcard free of charge online.
  4. Mobile Phones arrow_drop_down

    If you are an international student coming from abroad, we recommend buying a UK SIM card for your phone to help keep bill costs down. 

    There are two options you can choose from if you are looking to set up your phone here in the UK. 

    • Pay-as-you-go - This is the easier option as most phone providers offer SIM cards that allow you to top your phone up as and when you need too
    • Contracts - If you haven’t lived in the UK, starting a contract may prove more difficult but there are a range of providers who offer different deals so shop around before making a decision. 

    Here are some UK phone providers to help you get started, however talk to any of our staff who will be able to help:

    • EE
    • O2 - As an O2 customer you can receive priority tickets to gigs and events across the UK
    • Vodafone
    • Three
  5. Registering with the NHS (National Health Service) arrow_drop_down

    It is important that whilst you are living in the UK that you register with a doctor. As a full-time student, you may qualify for free NHS treatment. Depending on which university you are with, they will be able to provide you with details of medical and dentistry practices in the area.

rent and payments

  1. When do I pay my rent? arrow_drop_down

    Our rent dates and amounts are set out clearly on the website and within our application literature. Please note: your rent may be due before the contract begins and that the dates may not coincide with student loan dates. This should be taken into consideration when planning your accommodation as late payments may be subject to interest charges and, in some cases, legal action against the resident and their guarantor.

general questions

  1. How do I know that true is a good landlord? arrow_drop_down

    true is proud to agree to the principals required by the ANUK Code of Standards. Fully supported by NUS, the National Code is voluntary and aimed at both educational establishments and private sector suppliers. Those who join make a commitment to provide students with a first-class housing service and agree to provide information, reassurance and a clear procedure if a dispute occurs.

    Living in a building covered by the Code means:

    • Best practice day-to-day management is supported and recognised.
    • Your contract is clearly written, stating what you are paying for and how much your rent is, with reasonable terms and no hidden costs.
    • Your accommodation should be fully prepared for you when you arrive to take up residence.
    • Your accommodation meets with a set of nationally recognised standards in respect to services, furniture and fittings.
    • Repairs and maintenance are carried out within agreed timescales.
    • Your building will meet with, and exceed, the required health and safety standards.
    • You will be given information to explain what management routines are followed in the buildings.
    • There’s a set and accountable procedure for dealing with any disputes or complaints.
  2. Do I need to move out during the holidays? arrow_drop_down

    Your true contract is for a fixed length of time – so your room is yours throughout that period. That means that you don’t have the hassle of moving your belongings out during the Christmas or Easter vacations, and you can choose to stay in your property over these holidays if you want. It’s usually possible to book additional accommodation over the summer period if you want to stay then too. But we advise booking early to ensure rooms are available.

    Why not book for 2 or 3 years and lock in your rate for the duration of your stay?

  3. Do you have staff at your properties? arrow_drop_down

    true has a team of trained staff on site to respond to your needs. Their job is to make your true experience as enjoyable and safe as possible 24/7.

    Our on-site management offices are open Monday to Friday, and will answer any questions, respond to any issues, offer advice and ensure a friendly face is there to greet you every day. Outside of these hours we also have a team of ambassadors on call for guests.

    We also have a highly skilled maintenance team available around the clock. They’re there to resolve any maintenance issues quickly and efficiently – keeping the site safe and secure. 

    While most students settle into living away from home quickly, we understand it can take a little longer for some than others. So, while our tenancy agreement limits how far we can get involved, our people are trained to offer advice that helps residents to overcome a range of issues.

  4. When is the Welcome Hub open? arrow_drop_down

    The Welcome Hub is open 9am - 6pm every day. If a member of the team isnt there, just call the number at the desk and someone will be there to assist you.

  5. How safe are true properties? arrow_drop_down

    true takes safety seriously. We have a member of staff or security guard on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to ensure help is always at hand should the need arise. 

    Electronic door entry systems, intercoms and CCTV ensure that everyone who lives with us enjoys a high standard of security and the safest possible environment. So they can get on with enjoying themselves.

about your room

  1. Do I need to take out contents insurance? arrow_drop_down

    No, you do not. Contents insurance is automatically included with your rent. When you arrive we’ll provide you with details of the policy and, if you need anything extra adding to the cover, you can contact the provider to make an upgrade.

  2. Can I connect to the internet? arrow_drop_down

    Absolutely. A super fast, 100mb internet connection is included in your rent and is available in every true bedroom and in all communal zones.

  3. What happens if I have a maintenance problem? arrow_drop_down

    true has a dedicated caretaker team to respond to and solve your maintenance issues. We respond to every issue quickly and, if possible, will complete the repair during the first visit. Of course, this isn’t always possible and there are times when parts need to be ordered or external contractors arranged. When this happens, we’ll keep you updated on the progress.

  4. What does a fully fitted kitchen mean? arrow_drop_down

    true design homes that provide everything you need to enjoy living with us. Our apartments and suites come kitted out with all your cooking appliances: cooker, hob, oven, fridge, and microwave. We also provide a true comfort pack with a rooms which contains amongst other things duvet and pillow,  cutlery and crockery and some bathroom essentials.

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