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The Zip Building offers the best in modern, affordable and well-located student accommodation in Leicester. You will be just 2 minutes walk from De Montfort University, so youll never has any trouble getting to uni, and the campus bus services mean you will have a great way to get around the city. The main Leicester railway station is nearby and is your gateway to the rest of the country.

The Zip Building is modern and comfortable student accommodation in Leicester and is comprised of private studios and a range of spacious 1 to 4 bedroom apartments. As well as being in a fantastic location and having a range of accommodation options to suit, every room has a double bed, study area and plenty of storage and fast, unlimited internet and all utility bills are included as standard giving you total peace of mind. Based just outside the campus for De Montfort University, The Zip Building is located in the heart of a bustling student area with a multitude of takeaways, pubs and restaurants to choose from as well as health and fitness and all of the local amenities Leicester has to offer on your doorstep. The Zip Buildings prime location and its high-quality student apartments mean that these rooms fill up quickly.

The Leicester student accommodation is located just outside the campus of De Montfort University, so getting to university from your flat couldnt be easier. You can also get to the nearby University of Leicester by bus in just 20 minutes, or walk there in 27 minutes! Leicester train station is also just 21 minutes walk away, or 16 minutes by bus connecting you to the rest of the UK and making it easy to get home or visit friends and family. In terms of entertainment and nightlife, Leicester has a lot to offer, with a booming social scene, frequent live music events and a great underground music scene, as well as any number of cafes, pubs and restaurants all easily available from your accommodation in The Zip Building! Call us to book your room today!

distance to

University of Leicester


Travelling time by car 5 min

Travelling time by bicycle 9 min

Travelling time by walking 26 min

Travelling time by bus 23 min


De Montfort University


Travelling time by car 1 min

Travelling time by bicycle 1 min

Travelling time by walking 10 min

Travelling time by bus 10 min

Apartment Facilities

WiFi
Laundry Room
Desk & Chair

Community Facilities

High Speed WIFI
Walk to Uni
All Utility Bills Included
Laundry Facilities Onsite
CCTV and Secure Door Entry System
En-Suite Rooms Available
TV Provided with Freeview
Skype Viewings Available

Configurations

Standard 2 Bed Apartment£114 - £121/week

Tenancies

44 week£121/week
45 week£114/week
51 week£116/week
Offers1
Lease Duration44 week - 51 week
Available from19-09-2020
Bedrooms2
Bathrooms1 Bath
Deposit£250
Private Room
Shared Bathroom
Shared Kitchen

Room Features

WiFi
¾ Bed
Desk & Chair
Laundry Room

Modern bedrooms with a three quarter bed, study area and wardrobe. The shared area includes a spacious lounge and kitchen area as well as a shared bathroom.

Classic EnSuite£120 - £130/week

Tenancies

36 week£120/week
40 week£120/week
44 week£130/week
44 week£120/week
45 week£120/week
51 week£124/week
Offers1
Lease Duration36 week - 51 week
Available from19-09-2020
Bedrooms1
Bathrooms1 Bath
Deposit£250
Private Room
Private Bathroom
Shared Kitchen

Room Features

WiFi
¾ Bed
Desk & Chair
En Suite
Laundry Room

Modern ensuite bedrooms comes with a double bed, study area, stylish ensuite bathroom and wardrobe. The shared area includes a spacious lounge and kitchen area.

Premium Studio£148 - £165/week

Tenancies

36 week£148/week
38 week£158/weekSold Out
40 week£148/week
44 week£165/week
51 week£156/week
Offers1
Lease Duration36 week - 51 week
Bedrooms1
Bathrooms1 Bath
Private Bathroom
Entire Place
Private Kitchen

Room Features

WiFi
¾ Bed
Desk & Chair
En Suite
Laundry Room

The Premium Studio comes with a three quarter bed, dining area, ample storage, mirror, study desk and chair and modern kitchenette with fridge-freezer, microwave oven and hob. This studio also has a fully fitted en-suite containing a large shower and stylish fittings.

Standard 1 Bed Apartment£163 - £165/week

Tenancies

45 week£163/week
51 week£165/week
Offers1
Lease Duration45 week - 51 week
Available from31-10-2020
Bedrooms1
Bathrooms1 Bath
Area30 sqm
Deposit£250
Private Room
Private Bathroom
Private Kitchen

Room Features

WiFi
Freezer
Microwave/Oven
¾ Bed
Desk & Chair
En Suite
Laundry Room

The one bed apartment (30m2) comes complete with a open plan kitchen and lounge area, a large bed and a large en-suite bathroom.

Premium 1 Bed Apartment£168 - £173/week

Tenancies

45 week£168/week
51 week£173/week
Offers1
Lease Duration45 week - 51 week
Available from19-09-2020
Bedrooms1
Bathrooms1 Bath
Deposit£250
Private Room
Private Bathroom
Private Kitchen

Room Features

WiFi
Freezer
Microwave/Oven
¾ Bed
Desk & Chair
En Suite
Laundry Room

This very large one bed apartment comes complete with a open plan kitchen and lounge area, a large bed and a large en-suite bathroom.

Classic 1 Bed Apartment£168 - £173/week/person

Tenancies

38 week£168/week
44 week£173/week
45 week£168/week
51 week£169/week
Offers1
Lease Duration38 week - 51 week
Available from19-09-2020
Bedrooms1
Bathrooms1 Bath
Area30 - 35 sqm
Deposit£250
Private Room
Private Bathroom
Private Kitchen

Room Features

WiFi
Freezer
Microwave/Oven
¾ Bed
Desk & Chair
En Suite
Laundry Room

This large one bed apartment (30 -35m2) comes complete with a open plan kitchen and lounge area, a large bed and a large en-suite bathroom.

Booking Details

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel your application up to 14 days after the date your booking is confirmed (the Initial Cancellation Period). For bookings made from 1st August to 30th September, the Initial Cancellation Period reduces to 7 days. As confirmed in your agreement, we will refund the full security deposit.

Please note, 20 will be deducted from the refunded amount to cover international bank charges for deposit refunds made to non-UK banks under these circumstances.

If you cancel your booking after those 14 days, you remain liable for the weekly rent (for each and every week or part week) until you are able to find another tenant that is acceptable to Homes for Students and we are able to re-let the room. The replacement tenant must be over the age of 18 and a have the necessary student status (it is your responsibility to find another tenant and provide them with the correction information). If you find a suitable replacement tenant and the room is re-let we will refund your deposit, less any appropriate charges, as well as a deduction of 50 for the variation of the contract.


Covid-19 Special Tenancy Procedures for 2020-21 Academic Year Bookings 

Tenancy Agreement 

The tenancy agreement is a legal contract between the tenant and Homes for Students. The tenancy agreement is for a fixed term and the student (and guarantor) are liable for the full term of that agreement unless and until express written release is granted. 

The usual Termination of Student Tenancy Policy applies for all cancellation requests that are not EXPLICITLY related to the COVID-19 (Corona virus) outbreak. 

Initial Cancellation Period A student can cancel a tenancy agreement for up to 14 days after the date the booking is confirmed (the Initial Cancellation Period). For bookings made from 1st August to 30th September ahead of the academic year the booking is for, the Initial Cancellation Period reduces to 7 days. We will refund the full security deposit. 20 will be deducted from the refunded amount to cover any international bank charges for deposit refunds made to non-UK banks. 

Outside the Initial Cancellation Period If a student wishes to cancel outside of the Initial Cancellation Period, and the cancellation reason is explicitly related to COVID-19, then the following applies: 


COVID-19 Special Cancellation Policy (2020-21 Academic Year) 

Outside Initial Cancellation Period You may cancel outside of the Initial Cancellation Period in the following circumstances: 

20-21 Course which is reliant on IELTS/Pre-sessional course If the student is a prospective first year Undergraduate or Postgraduate student and the offer of a place at the University or Higher Education Institute in the UK is subject to completing and passing an IELTS (or equivalent) in the UK or in the students country of origin, and this is unable to be completed because the IELTS (or equivalent) is withdrawn entirely, the student may be eligible to be released from the 20-21 tenancy agreement. 

The student must provide written evidence that the course is no longer taking place at all within 3 days of being notified by the education institute and we will release the student from the 20-21 contract without penalty and refund the deposit paid. 

Travel Ban If the student is unable to travel to, or enter, the UK due to a restriction on leaving their country of origin, or a restriction on entering the UK which means they cannot arrive in time to start their course, the student may be eligible to be released from this agreement subject to evidence being provided of a formal travel ban being in force. 

There must be a specific government ban in place at the start date of the students course that prevents the student coming to the UK, or entering the UK in time to start their course, and there must be no realistic prospect of a delayed course start date. 


Covid-19 Special Tenancy Procedures for 2020-21 Academic Year bookings 2020

20-21 Flexible Start *SOME PROPERTIES ARE EXCLUDED FROM THE 2020-21 FLEXIBLE START POLICY, THIS IS ONLY APPLICABLE AT PROPERTIES AS DISPLAYED If the course start date in the UK is formally delayed by the University or Higher Education Institute, the student may be eligible for a reduction in the 20-21 tenancy length, and start the tenancy later. 

The student must provide written evidence that the course start date has been delayed within 3 days of being notified by the education institute, or this must be publicly available and formally announced by the University, the contract may be adjusted accordingly. 

If a tenancy agreement is adjusted, the reduction in tenancy length will be by a maximum of the length of the formal delay to teaching unless specifically stated otherwise. Some properties may have a maximum length of delay. 

Termination by Choice A tenancy cannot be terminated outside of the Initial Cancellation Period by a student who is already in the UK, or by a student who does not want to attend the university, or who does not want to come to the UK of their own choice. The student remains liable for the entire rent until a suitable replacement tenant is found and all clauses within the tenancy agreement remain applicable. If the room is re-let we will refund the deposit, less any appropriate charges and a deduction of 50 for the administration of the variation of the tenancy agreement. 

Payment Details

Deposit Fees: 

50-300 to confirm the booking (Refundable at the end of tenancy)

Rent Payments: 

If you have a valid UK Guarantor, you can choose to pay your rent in three instalments, which are due in September, January and April.

If you dont have a valid UK Guarantor, you are required to pay the full rent in August, 14 days prior to your contract start date.

Please note you must have paid the rent due by the time you arrive to check in.

Other instalment options may be available, however admin fees may apply.

Mode of Payment: 

Online via by logging into your student account

At the property reception desk1

By telephone to the property team

By bank transfer (please ensure you use your name and student ID as the payment reference).

Frequently Asked Questions

ARE PETS ALLOWED?

No pets of any kind are permitted at Homes for Students, except registered assistance dogs.

WHAT CAN I BRING?

You can bring most of your belongings but some electricals aren't suitable for our properties. Non UK compliant electricals such as rice cookers are not suitable for use with UK power outlets and this can cause fire risks.

CAN I CHOOSE WHO I LIVE WITH?

If you are applying to live with friends, please ensure that you follow our create application link online, list the friends that you would like to live with and we will then contact them and make the arrangements for you!

CAN I CHOOSE MY ROOM?

If you follow the book now process you can select the room of your choice or you can make special requests within the create application route which we will do our best to accommodate, however all requests and subject to availability and conditions.

CAN I REQUEST TO MOVE ROOMS DURING MY TENANCY?

You would need to make a formal request to the accommodation team of the property you are residing in. If you request to move rooms during your tenancy please note there is an admin fee of 50.00. You will also be issued with new documents confirming the details of the room move which you will need to sign or accept online.
Should your new room be more expensive, then you and your Guarantor shall be liable for the higher rent from the date you are given access to it.

DO YOU PROVIDE SUMMER ACCOMMODATION?

Yes, our summer bookings usually open around March. Keep a look out for pricing and information or contact the property team.

DO I HAVE TO MOVE OUT IN THE HOLIDAYS?

Your room is yours for the full contract period and you dont need to move out during academic breaks.

CAN I MOVE IN BEFORE MY CONTRACT?

It is possible to but depends on availability. Kindly contact us for more details.

DOES MY RENTAL PRICE INCLUDE INSURANCE?

Contents insurance is included at some Homes for Students properties, which will be shown on the property page and details of the insurance can be obtained from the property manager when you check in. If you wish to confirm whether the property offers contents insurance, please contact the property team directly. Please note we advise taking out contents insurance if it is not included at your property and Homes for Students is not liable for the loss or damage of your personal belongings and room contents.

DO I NEED TO PAY COUNCIL TAX?

If you are a qualifying full time student, you will be exempt from paying Council Tax. You must provide us with your council tax exemption certificate which your university will be able to arrange.
If you do not have this when you move in because you have not yet enrolled on your course, please ensure that you bring with you the name of your university and your university student ID number.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR DEALING WITH COMPLAINTS?

Stage 1 - Where possible please make your complaint in person at reception or by telephone. Our staff on site will attempt to investigate and deal with the matter immediately. If you are unhappy with the solutions or explanations given you can escalate your complaint to Stage 2 by letter or email to site within 10 working days. Stage 2 - Your complaint must be in writing. Our staff will pass your communication to a senior member of staff within Homes for Students, who will investigate further and provide a written response within 10 working days where possible. You must state why you think your complaint has not been treated fairly or correctly. Stage 3 - Your complaint must be in writing. In the event that you still feel your complaint has not been treated fairly or correctly you can write to the Complaints Panel within Homes for Students at: Head of Operations, Homes for Students, Building 3, Clock Tower Park, Longmoor Lane, Fazakerley, Liverpool, L10 1LD. The Panel will normally notify you of their decision within 10 working days. You must state why you think your complaint has not been treated fairly or correctly to this point. Stage 4 - Homes for Students is a member of the Accreditation Network UK (ANUK).
RECYCLINGRecycling is one of the best ways for you to have a positive impact on the world in which we live. Recycling is important to both the natural environment and us. We must act fast as the amount of waste we create is increasing all the time.
Homes for Students want to do our bit to protect the world, and were sure you want to do your bit too, so to make being eco-friendly easy for you weve provided recycling and refuse bins throughout your accommodation and we encourage all students to use the facilities provided to recycle waste where possible.
You should make sure that you empty packages completely and give them a quick rinse before you recycle them. Below you can find examples of what you can recycle and what goes in the different bins.
Be aware that if you put things in the wrong bin, it will contaminate the whole waste load which means that we cannot send that waste to be recycled. So, please take an extra couple of seconds to put things in the correct bin so we can help divert as much waste from going to landfill as possible.
Almost anything made of glass can be recycled, so make sure you put items like glass bottles and jars in the right bin and do not recycle broken glass or light bulbs. Anything that does not feature a recycling label must be put in the refuse bin. Other items that are not recyclable include: batteries, electrical appliances, kitchen waste, polystyrene, foam and sanitary products.

What can be recycled?


Plastics Plastic cups and lids Milk bottles Takeaway containers Plastic bottles such as water, shampoo or sauce bottles Cardboard and Paper Newspapers and magazines Food cartons Emptied pizza boxes Envelopes or loose office paper Aluminium and Steel Drinks cans Empty aerosol cans Food cans Lids from glass bottles and jars

HOW DO I PAY MY RENT?

Your rent can be paid in a number of ways:
Online via by logging into your student account At the property reception desk By telephone to the property team By bank transfer (please ensure you use your name and student ID as the payment reference).

CAN I PAY IN INSTALMENTS?

If you have a valid UK Guarantor, you can choose to pay your rent in three instalments, which are due in September, January and April.
If you dont have a valid UK Guarantor, you are required to pay the full rent in August, 14 days prior to your contract start date.
Please note you must have paid the rent due by the time you arrive to check in.
Other instalment options may be available, however admin fees may apply.

WHEN DO I PAY MY RENT?

When you accept your room offer, youll be given two options:
To pay your rent in full To pay your rent in instalments spread throughout the year You can choose whichever is most convenient for you. Some instalment options may have an admin fee.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN MY RENT?

All utility bills such as gas, electricity, water are included in your rent. Unlimited wifi* is also included. Your TV licence is not included in your rent as this is not classed as a utility and is your responsibility to purchase.
All of our properties offer a Wi-Fi connection included within the rent, so you wont have to pay anything to get online. During your stay, unless otherwise provided by your accommodation, your internet provider will also offer both free and premium television packages. Depending on the site at which you choose to live at, your internet provider will be either StudentCom, or Ask4.
StudentCom services include Wi-fi connectivity for up to 5 devices. Ask4 provides connectivity for up to 3 devices, with optional upgrades for further devices to be added. For information on the speed of your internet connection, please your Property Team for more information.
*a one off connection fee may apply dependent on property. Please see your property page for more information.

CAN I MOVE IN BEFORE I PAY MY RENT?

All rent that is due must have been paid when you check in. If you are having difficulties or this will be a problem, please contact the property as early as possible who will assist you.

WHAT IF I DONT HAVE A UK GUARANTOR?

If you are unable to provide your own UK Guarantor, we recommend the service of Housing Hand you can find further information, prices and how to apply on their website.

WHO CAN BE A GUARANTOR?

To be a guarantor you must: Be resident in the UK for a minimum of 1 year Be over 21 years of age Be a homeowner or in full time employment Provide a copy of photographic identification, such as a passport, driving licence or ID badge Provide a copy of proof of your UK address which must be less than 3 months old, such as a utility bill (e.g. electricity, water, gas, telephone), a bank statement or a Council Tax bill.

CAN I PAY MY RENT FROM OVERSEAS?

You can pay your rent either online by logging in to your student account, by bank transfer or by credit or debit card over the phone.

WHAT CAN I DO IF MY STUDENT LOAN HASNT ARRIVED YET?

You can defer your rent instalments to be in line with your student loan payments if you wish. All requests for deferred payments must be made by 1st August in each academic year to the property team.
You will be required to provide evidence of your student loan schedule to the property team in order for the payment plan to be set up.
You will be required to pay two weeks rent 14 days prior to your contract start date, which will be deducted from the balance of your first instalment on the agreed date.
A one off admin fee of 50 will be charged and payable with the initial 2 weeks rent payment and this 50 admin fee will not deducted from the balance of rent due.
Please note deferring your rent must be pre-arranged and agreed with the property manager prior to your move in date. If no arrangement has been made, rent is due as per your tenancy agreement.

DO I NEED A GUARANTOR?

If you wish to pay your rent in instalments, you will need a UK guarantor.

DO I NEED A GUARANTOR IF I AM A SPONSORED STUDENT?

We may be able to accept sponsors in place of guarantors in some cases, however this depends on the terms of your sponsorship and whether your sponsor is willing to guarantee rent payments. If you are a sponsored student, please contact your chosen property directly to enquire about using a sponsor in place of guarantor.

CAN I PAY MY RENT WEEKLY?

Weekly rent payments are not available, however Homes for Students offers a number of instalment options for students to pay their rent.

WHEN DOES THE DISCOUNT COME OFF MY RENT?

All discounts offered will be deducted off your final instalment of rent.

WHAT DO I DO IF IM A FIRST YEAR STUDENT AND IM STILL WAITING FOR MY EXAM RESULTS?

If youre still waiting for your exam results and youre not sure whether your place at university is confirmed, dont worry, you can still apply.
If you are a prospective first year student and your offer of a place at your preferred University or Higher Education Institute is withdrawn because you do not achieve the required entry grades, you may be eligible to be released from your agreement.
You must provide written evidence from the University/UCAS that you do not have a place within 3 days of your results being published (and no later than 1st September, whichever date is sooner) and we will release you from your contract without penalty and refund your deposit.
You may also be eligible to be released from this agreement if you are a prospective first year student and you choose to go to a different University because you have exceeded your expected grades. To apply to be released from your agreement, you will need to supply us with a copy of:
A written or email confirmation that you wish to cancel your reservation, stating full name and full details of the property booked A written rejection letter from your chosen university/college or UCAS, a screen shot of your UCAS status which confirms that the required results were not achieved, or a copy of the proof of acceptance of your new university by UCAS adjustment. These document(s) must be received by us within 3 calendar days from the date your results are published. If you fail to provide the information within 3 days, your deposit will not be refunded and you may be held rent liable.

WHAT DO I DO IF IM A FIRST YEAR POST-GRADUATE STUDENT AND IM STILL WAITING FOR MY EXAM RESULTS?

If youre still waiting for your exam results and youre not sure whether your place at university is confirmed, dont worry, you can still apply.
If you are a prospective first year student and your offer of a place at your preferred University or Higher Education Institute is withdrawn because you do not achieve the required entry grades, you may be eligible to be released from your agreement.
You must provide written evidence from the University/UCAS that you do not have a place within 3 days of your results being published (and no later than 1st September, whichever date is sooner) and we will release you from your contract without penalty and refund your deposit.
You may also be eligible to be released from this agreement if you are a prospective first year student and you choose to go to a different University because you have exceeded your expected grades. To apply to be released from your agreement, you will need to supply us with a copy of:
A written or email confirmation that you wish to cancel your reservation, stating full name and full details of the property booked A written rejection letter from your chosen university/college or UCAS, a screen shot of your UCAS status which confirms that the required results were not achieved, or a copy of the proof of acceptance of your new university by UCAS adjustment. These document(s) must be received by us within 3 calendar days from the date your results are published. If you fail to provide the information within 3 days, your deposit will not be refunded and you may be held rent liable.

HOW DO I BOOK A ROOM?

To book a room, create an online account and select book now. You can choose the property, your room and the required tenancy length, then pay your deposit and accept the room offer within a few minutes.
If you have any special requests or requirements please use the 'create application' route instead.

DO I HAVE TO PAY A BOOKING FEE?

Homes for Students do not charge a booking fee. When you accept your room offer, youll be asked to pay a deposit to secure your room which is secured with a deposit protection service and refunded at the end of your tenancy.

WHAT IF I WANT TO CANCEL MY BOOKING?

Our full termination policy is within your online account.
We will only accept cancellation of an accepted room offer if you cancel your application up to 14 days after the date your booking is confirmed. From 1st August this period reduces to 7 days. As confirmed in your agreement, we will refund the full security deposit.
Please note, 20 will be deducted from the refunded amount to cover international bank charges for deposit refunds made to non-UK banks under these circumstances.
If you cancel your booking after those 14 days, you remain liable for the weekly rent (for each and every week or part week) until we are able to re-let the room. If we are able to re-let the room we will release you from the agreement upon payment of a 250 release fee which we will recover by retaining your deposit (which will not, therefore, be returned).

CAN I BOOK IF IM UNDER 18?

If you turn 18 in the first semester of university, we can accept your booking with no restrictions other than an adult over the age of 18 must be a co-signatory on your tenancy agreement and must accept the terms of it.
We can accept under 18s in some of our properties subject to our Policy for Students under the Age of 18.

HOW MUCH ARE DEPOSITS?

Deposits vary by property from 50 to 250 and your deposit is placed into a deposit protection scheme, where it is held safely throughout the academic year and will be returned to you at the end of your contract subject to the contract terms.
The deposit you pay when making the application cannot be used towards a rent instalment as this is secured with a deposit protection scheme for the duration of your tenancy.

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY DEPOSIT?

Your deposit is placed into a deposit protection scheme, where it is held safely throughout the academic year and will be returned to you at the end of your contract subject to the contract terms.

WHEN DO I GET MY DEPOSIT BACK?

Your deposit will be returned to you after your tenancy agreement has ended and your room has been inspected. The amount returned to you will depend on any outstanding charges and any damage found in your room or the communal areas of your apartment. Please see your tenancy agreement for more information. The deposit can take up to 30 working days to be credited at the end of your tenancy period.
All deposits are secured with a deposit protection scheme, such as the Deposit Protection Service or Letting Protection Scotland. You will be contacted by the deposit protection scheme and asked to authorise the refund and submit your bank details to them. For this you will require your deposit repayment ID, which will have been sent to you via email at the time of registering your deposit.
Please be aware, the deposit refund process is managed by the deposit protection scheme and is not able to be influenced by Homes for Students. Should you have any queries regarding your deposit repayment ID, you should contact the deposit protection scheme directly: Deposit Protection Service or Letting Protection Service.