Bristol University student accommodation service launched
A new service has been launched aimed at providing good quality rented accommodation for students in Bristol.
The scheme has been set up following stories of "nightmare" student agencies and substandard accommodation.
Students have complained about issues such as poor insulation, no central heating, and deposits being withheld.
University of Bristol Students' Union (UBU) Lettings will provide accredited and vetted landlords for students looking for places to live.
'Daunting and hectic'
Lettings manager Victoria Thomas said: "We are responding to the student voice and putting in place a clear, smart service.
"We understand that securing accommodation can be daunting and hectic."
A spokesperson said the students' union had dealt with about 600 people who had issues or problems with accommodation in the past year.
Students will not be charged any fees for booking their accommodation through the new service.