How long will the Student Homes contract be? Can I just sign for 9 months?

Our Answer: 

The following answer relates to Student Homes properties and not the Intercollegiate Halls of Residence.

Our contracts are ordinarily for 51 weeks and you would be expected to commit for the full 51 weeks - we have no flexibility in this respect unfortunately. Our advice would be not to sign for a room or property with us if you don't want a 51 week tenancy. When you sign a tenancy agreement you're committing to the full term of the tenancy which includes paying rent for your chosen room or property until your tenancy ends; this is regardless of whether you're still occupying your room or property or not.