Frequently asked questions

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Below are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

If you have a question that isn't covered here, please get in touch with us.

What procedures have you put in place in light of the coronavirus pandemic?

Our priority is your safety and the safety of our staff. Our accommodation remains open. We’re constantly monitoring government advice and making changes to our service to reflect the measures. We are regularly cleaning busy communal areas, and hand sanitisers are available in our buildings.  

Can I have visitors?

Yes, you can have visitors during the day, but they are not allowed to stay overnight.

Are we allowed to bring our pets?

Animals are not allowed onsite.

Can you tell me if there are ironing boards in the accommodation?

Yes, ironing boards and irons are available.

Do we need to supply our own bed linen and towels?

Some of our accommodation provide bed linen and towels, but some require you to bring your own. Please check with the team at your chosen location. 

Is there car parking on site and does it cost extra?

The majority of our sites have limited parking available. There is a small fee to reserve a space for your stay. Please speak to the team at your chosen location.

How long is a 'long-term' contract?

We try to accommodate all our residents' needs with regard to the length of stay. Please speak to the team at your chosen location. 

What is included in my rent?

The majority of our acccommotion includes all bills, including council tax and utility.

However, some of our self-contained flats and houses require you to pay council tax and utility bills. Please check with the team at your chosen location.

Are there televisions in the rooms?

The majority of our bedrooms do not come with a television as standard.

You can bring your own, although you will need to ensure you have a TV Licence. 

What items should I bring with me?

You will need to provide you own cooking equipment, including pots and pans, plates, cups, and cutlery.

Am I allowed to smoke in my room or flat?

Smoking is strictly prohibited in your room and our accommodation.

Many of the hospitals also operate a No Smoking Policy in their grounds.

Please speak to the team at your chosen location if you would like to know where the nearest smoking area is.

Are the flats fitted with smoke alarms?

Yes. Smoke alarms are fitted throughout our accommodation.

What is provided in the accommodation?

We provide irons and ironing boards, kettles, toasters, microwaves, fridge/freezers, and ovens with hobs. You will also have acccess to an on-site laundrette with washing machines and dryers. 

How much notice do I need to give when I wish to leave?

We require four weeks' notice in writing to the office at your accommodation.

Do I need to take out insurance?

As a Keyworker resident with Southern Housing, you’re automatically covered by our free content’s insurance provided by Endsleigh!

We’ve arranged contents insurance for all our keyworker residents at no additional cost. It's important you confirm your cover to ensure you understand what is and isn’t covered.

Visit  Register for My Endsleigh to:

  • View what is and what is not covered
  • Get claims support
  • Personalise cover
  • Access rewards
  • Access wellbeing support



Our Wi-Fi is provided by Glide. Glide works alongside universities and accommodation providers to optimise the resident living experience with ultrafast, reliable Wi-Fi and broadband.

As a Southern Housing keyworker resident you benefit from free Wi-Fi reaching speeds up to 150 Mbs*.

* Speed guides (assuming a single spatial stream device) – i.e. the lowest speed that you will achieve for your devices 50% of the time, based on measurements during peak hours of 8pm until 10pm, in accordance with Ofcom guidance. Sometimes you will achieve more than this and sometimes less. Speeds will typically range from 40Mbps to 120Mbps. Upload speeds will be similar.

* Note that some devices such as premium laptops (dual spatial stream) will achieve considerably higher speeds – as much as double the speeds quoted.

*Please note that the actual speed for a user session will vary – there is a “bell-curve” or normal distribution around the mean speed.