This article will provide a list of useful housing contacts when living in private accommodation.

The contacts available will provide help and information on a variety of issues ranging from registering utilities to landlord disputes.

Student Housing: Daily housing list, lodgings list, advice on accommodation matters

Location: The Nuffield Centre, St Michael’s Road, Portsmouth

Telephone: +44 (0)23 9284 3214

Fax: +44 (0)23 9284 5900

Email: student.housing@port.ac.uk

University of Portsmouth Students' Union Information and Advice Centre: Advice and referral to appropriate agencies

Location: Cambridge Road, Portsmouth

Telephone: +44 (0)23 9284 3640

Website: www.upsu.net

Student Finance Centre: Access funds/loans, student loans, advice

Location: The Nuffield Centre, St Michael’s Road, Portsmouth

Telephone: +44 (0)23 9284 3014

Email: student.finance@port.ac.uk

Student and Neighbour Liaison Service: Acts as a link between students, their neighbours and other members of the community

Telephone: +44 (0)23 9284 3214

Email: student-neighbourliaison@port.ac.uk

Portsmouth City Council: Housing advice, environmental health and trading standards advice

Location: Housing Department, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth

Telephone:+44 (0)23 9283 4092 (general enquiries), +44 (0)23 9283 4215 (landlord and tenant issues, housing conditions)

Website: www.portsmouth.gov.uk

Utility companies

Not sure who supplies your gas or electricity? The following numbers might be of use to you to find these out:

Electricity Supply: +44(0)845 601 5467

Gas Supply: +44(0)870 608 1524

There are a number of energy companies to choose from.

If you smell gas or you think you may have a gas leak somewhere, you should call the National Grid Gas Emergencies (formerly Transco) on 0800 111 999

Southern Water (sewage)

Telephone: 0845 270 1508 (local rate calls)

Portsmouth Water (supply)

Telephone: +44 (0)23 9249 9888

With regards to telephone, television and broadband, there are a number of great packages around depending on what your requirements are. For impartial advice on the best packages around (including gas and electricity), go to Uswitch or Money Supermarket.


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