So you want to sign a student house - A rundown of Newcastle’s agents

Looking for a student house for next year? This article is for you.

Joseph Caddick
25th November 2021
Sometimes it's hard to find the right house for you. Image Credit: Pixabay
Signing a student house is a big commitment, and one that it’s easy to rush. Even if you have a group ready to snap up a house, it’s important to consider the estate agents in charge of the property you plan on moving into, as you’ll be bound to their contracts for the next 12 months. Here are some of the popular agents in Newcastle, and what some online review compliations to say about them.

Ridley Properties: Ridley have houses, flats and apartments available, and boast a Google rating of 4.9. They also have a score of 4.2 on allagents.co.uk. They have properties all over Newcastle, with a variety of prices. I’ve also heard positive things from my friends who rent from them, though I can’t speak from experience.

Bricks and Mortar: Owning a number of student flats as well as houses, Bricks and Mortar is a prominent estate agent in Newcastle. They have a rating of 3.3 on Google, and 1.8 on getagent.com. When I moved into my flat I found that the window on the ground floor was broken, which worried be because of both the cold and the prospect of someone breaking in. It was fixed quickly, though a number of other issues took longer to fix. They also tried charged us £40 each at the end of the tenancy because of dust; we’d not lived in the flat for six months due to the pandemic.

Grosvenor Gardens, Jesmond, Newcastle... © Graham Robson cc-by-sa/2.0 ::  Geograph Britain and Ireland
The affluent area of Jesmond is the most sought after location for students. Image Credit: Geograph

Graysons Properties: Graysons only own apartments for students and young professionals, though a number of these are located in Newcastle’s city centre, like Leazes Terrace and Claremont Road. They have a rating of 3.3 on Google, and are currently unrated on GetAgent. I lived in Leazes Terrace last year, and found the flat to be really good value for money, and any issues I had were promptly fixed. However, they tried to charge me £170 for cleaning fees, this time providing screenshots that showed just wear and tear. I haggled them down to £20, which I paid just to end the incessant string of emails. It’s a shame, as I had a very positive experience prior to this.

Pat Robson: Each Pat Robson office has its own separate Google rating, but they’re relatively consistent, with a range from 3.2 to 4 stars. Their rating On allAgents, they have a rating of 4, which matches the highest of the Google reviews. I’ve not heard much about Pat Robson from anyone I know, but they do have a large range of properties around Newcastle.

Walton Robinson: When you think of student estate agents in Newcastle, Walton Robinson is one of the first that comes to mind. It’s so close to campus, after all. Despite this, it boasts a less than impressive Google review score of 2.5. On allAgents, their rating is 3, which is slightly higher. Some students that I know have had difficulties with Walton Robinson in the past, particularly when it comes to maintenance issues within their properties, though I myself haven’t rented from them.

It’s important to note that there are more companies around Newcastle, but these are some of the larger student-oriented ones. Hopefully this rundown will be a good starting point in your search for the perfect student house, but it's always important to do your own research as well. You can never be too prepared.

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