5 bedroom house on Russell Street

£101.54 per week / £440 per month (per person)

CF24 3BG Available from 03/07/2018

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Property details

This property - remodelled for summer 2016 - is yet another example of the ultimate in architecturally-designed student living; all the usual JW extra touches, from automatic lighting to hair and makeup station, alongside top-of-the-range appliances, customisable lighting in all bedrooms, and designer furniture and fittings, gives yet another house that’ll be the envy of all your friends.


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Open-plan kitchen/lounge
  • First floor bathroom w/ shower
  • First floor shower room
  • Mirrored vanity area with cupboards
  • Laundry area
  • Lawned rear garden
  • Full maintenance service included
  • Garden maintenance service included

Bedrooms equipped with

  • Top-quality double bed base
  • Luxury memory foam mattresses
  • Study desk & chair
  • Wardrobe
  • Bookshelves
  • 4+ power points
  • TV points with signal boost
  • Blackout blinds


  • American-style fridge freezer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Electric oven
  • Gas hob
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Gas central heating

Additional features

  • Fully double glazed
  • Telephone line (internet-ready)
  • Italian leather sofas
  • Breakfast bar & stools
  • Latest high-security front door locks


Cardiff Central and Rail Bus Station

Car 8 mins 1.7 miles

Bike 11 mins 1.4 miles

Walk 27 mins 1.3 miles

Cathays Railway Station

Car 3 mins 0.8 miles

Bike 3 mins 0.5 miles

Walk 9 mins 0.5 miles

CUSU and Main Campus

Car 2 mins 0.5 miles

Bike 2 mins 0.4 miles

Walk 8 mins 0.4 miles

St Davids and Centre

Car 6 mins 1.1 miles

Bike 8 mins 1.1 miles

Walk 18 mins 0.9 miles

Heath Park Campus (CU)

Car 7 mins 1.9 miles

Bike 11 mins 1.9 miles

Walk 35 mins 1.8 miles

Llandaff Campus

Car 9 mins 2.8 miles

Bike 15 mins 2.5 miles

Walk 45 mins 2.3 miles

Cyncoed Campus

Car 7 mins 2 miles

Bike 14 mins 2 miles

Walk 38 mins 1.9 miles

Howard Gardens

Car 4 mins 0.9 miles

Bike 5 mins 0.9 miles

Walk 12 mins 0.6 miles


Car 5 mins 1.1 miles

Bike 6 mins 1 miles

Walk 20 mins 1 miles


Car 7 mins 1.1 miles

Bike 7 mins 1.1 miles

Walk 17 mins 0.9 miles

About Roath

Just east/north-east of the city centre, this area is most famous for the beautiful, expansive Roath Park. Arguably more vibrant than other parts of Cardiff, an eclectic mix of shops line the main streets of Albany Road and Wellfield Road, serving the mix of students from all universities and young professionals and families from across various ethnic communities.

Getting to Roath


Walk, cycle or taxi from Cathays Station — local trains from Cardiff Central and Queens Street stations run every 5-20 minutes. Reduced service operates on weekends.


Houses in Roath can easily be accessed from Junctions 29 or 30 of the M4, following the A48(M) or A48 towards Cardiff (East).

Getting to university

Cardiff Bus & Met Rider

The majority of University buildings are easily accessible on foot or by bike from most of my houses within a few minutes.

Cardiff Bus (city-wide)

Numbers 52/52A operate between the city centre & Cardiff Met (Cyncoed) via the edge of Cathays. Numbers 29/29B and 38 & 39 cover all of Cathays and Roath to the city centre, stopping near the majority of University buildings. See the Cardiff Bus website for more information »

Met Rider (for Cardiff Metropolitan campuses)

The two main stops near to my houses are Albany Road and Whitchurch Road. A pass is required but journeys are free. More information on the Cardiff Metropolitan website »

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About all properties

Full details are listed for every individual house, but all my houses are let on the following unique terms:

  • No deposit / bond
  • No agency / contract fees
  • Parental guarantors not required
  • No money is taken until the first rent instalment is due.
  • Rent is paid individually, on a quarterly basis in line with student loan dates (July, October, January and May).
  • All houses are let on full 12-month tenancies (Jul — June) and are available to you from the start of the summer.

What comes with each house?

All houses are decorated annually to the highest standard, and come part-furnished with:

  • Top-quality bedroom & lounge furniture
  • The very best appliances including many houses with American Fridge/Freezers with chilled water and ice dispensers

Every tenant living in my houses also benefits from:

  • Full-time maintenance team available on-demand;
  • All gardens maintained regularly at no additional charge
  • An exceptional level of service in all aspects of their tenancy - everything from setup of utility accounts to dealing with rent and tenancy queries.

I pride myself in offering the very best renting experience possible, and ensure my houses are maintained to the very best standards, irrespective of cost.

Better houses, better terms, lower costs

Uniquely in Cardiff, I let all my houses on the very best terms

  • No holding deposits
  • No bonds
  • No agency or contract fees
  • No tenancy renewal fees
  • No ‘extras’ like inventory, check-in or check-out fees

Even with the less expensive Cardiff letting agents, fees and extras add up to make what appears to be a reasonable rent an expensive undertaking. My team have researched the fees charged by the main six student letting agents and Cardiff University Student Union’s letting agency, to give you a fair and accurate comparison of the charges you can expect when renting student accommodation:

What are the standard charges?

The 'big six' student letting agents Cardiff Student Letting (CUSU) John Winter
Holding deposit £50 each (towards agency fee - non refundable) None None
Bond One month’s rent each + £50 per person One month’s rent each + £100 for the whole group None
Agency fee £120 per person None None

Charges for an average house (based on 6 sharing at £350 pp pcm)

The 'big six' student letting agents Cardiff Student Letting (CUSU) John Winter
Holding deposit 6 × £50 (towards agency fee - non refundable) = £300
None None
Bond £400 × 6 = £2,400 £350 × 6 + 100 = £2,200 None
Agency fee 6 × Remaining £70 each to pay after holding deposit = £420 None None
Total £3,120 for the group / £520 per person; equivalent to £43.33 per month £2,200 for the group / £337 per person; equivalent to £31 per month £0.00

These additional charges mean that, on average, an average £350 per person house (a typical moderate student rent for Cardiff) with any of the main student housing providers will, in real terms, cost you around £380-£390 each — the same rent as one of my very top-of-the-range houses.

What extra charges can I expect?

Many agents and other landlords will also pass on the fees incurred in preparing the paperwork relating to the condition of the house before and after your tenancy (inventory/schedule of condition and check-in or check-out fees), and you’re likely to have to pay your agency fee again to sign up for another year; additional charges such as these normally run to £150-£200 per person over the year, much of this up-front.

We do not charge any such fees to tenants.

Are bills included? 

Our houses are let without bills included, for a very good reason. 

Any offer - whether through a third-party bills-splitting service or arranged via the landlord - to include utility bills within the rent will, by necessity, be calibrated to allow for grossly wasteful usage without leaving the arranging party out-of-pocket. 

Additionally, third-party services such as Glide, Bulb, SplitTheBills and others frequently market their services via letting agents or landlords by offering commission when you sign up to use them - these incentives to the landlord or agent are paid by you, in the form of a premium on your costs. 

No 'bills-inclusive' offer via a third party is truly unlimited, either - all have fair usage caps, which are rarely sufficient, and exorbitant additional usage rates. Most students using these services find that they would have paid far less by dealing directly with a mainstream supplier. 

We offer the best of both worlds - water, gas and electricity accounts for all our houses are set up accurately and promptly by us at the beginning of every tenancy. You pay only the fair market rate for what you use, with the added bonus of our expert team being able to intervene on any account irregularities. We also close all accounts for our tenants at the end of the tenancy. 

Most of our houses are also not fitted with a water meter and are on a fixed rate for water billing - this saves, for groups of 3 or more, anywhere between 10% and 50% depending on group size and usage.