5 bedroom house on Coburn Street

£ per week / £TBC per month (per person)

CF24 4BR Available from 03/07/2020

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Our new flagship house - nothing else like it exists in student letting.

We’re well-known for providing the very best student houses, but this one takes it all to another level again. Architect-designed with no expense spared, our newest creation provides everything from bluetooth speakers within the illuminated makeup station mirror, to the convenience of controlling your heating from the library via the Nest thermostat. All the usual top-end touches - crushed ice-dispensing fridge/freezer, pop-up sockets, built-in wifi hotspots and automatic lighting - sit alongside such luxuries as bespoke-commissioned coat racks and floor-to-ceiling architectural glazing, as well as a new grade of deluxe, bespoke furniture.

Advertised rent is exclusive of bills - click the About All Houses button for guidance on how much to budget for utilities and other costs; see No Bond Or Fees for fuller information on how renting with John Winter is more cost-effective than with other housing providers.

The downside? This might just make it very difficult to leave Cardiff when your degree finishes.


  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Open-plan kitchen/lounge
  • Ground floor WC
  • First floor bathroom w/ shower
  • First floor shower room
  • Mirrored vanity area with cupboards
  • Utility room
  • 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
  • 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
  • 4+ power points to bedrooms
  • TV points with signal boost in bedrooms
  • Latest high-security front door locks


Cardiff Central and Rail Bus Station

Car 9 mins 1.9 miles

Bike 11 mins 1.4 miles

Walk 27 mins 1.3 miles

Cathays Railway Station

Car 3 mins 0.8 miles

Bike 2 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 5 mins 1.1 miles

Bike 8 mins 1.1 miles

Walk 18 mins 0.9 miles

Heath Park Campus (CU)

Car 6 mins 1.5 miles

Bike 10 mins 1.5 miles

Walk 29 mins 1.5 miles

Llandaff Campus

Car 8 mins 2.4 miles

Bike 14 mins 2.3 miles

Walk 41 mins 2.1 miles

Cyncoed Campus

Car 8 mins 2 miles

Bike 14 mins 1.8 miles

Walk 38 mins 1.8 miles

Howard Gardens

Car 5 mins 1.1 miles

Bike 6 mins 1.1 miles

Walk 18 mins 0.9 miles


Car 5 mins 1.1 miles

Bike 6 mins 1 miles

Walk 19 mins 1 miles


Car 6 mins 1.1 miles

Bike 7 mins 1 miles

Walk 16 mins 0.8 miles

About Cathays

On the doorstep of the town centre and home to Cardiff University since 1909, the Victorian terraces of Cathays now house most of the student population of Cardiff. In easy walking/bus distance to almost everywhere that's anywhere (generally much closer than Halls), offering its own railway station linking it to Cardiff Central and Queen Street stations as well as Aberdare, Merthyr Tydfil, Treherbert and Pontypridd, and with a variety of bus services all across the Capital and the various university sites, the 'Golden Triangle' of Cathays is considered the prime location for students in Cardiff.

Getting to Cathays


Within easy walking distance from Cathays Station — local trains from Cardiff Central and Queens Street stations run every 5-20 minutes. Reduced service operates on weekends.


Houses in Cathays are best accessed via J32 of the M4, following the A470 through Whitchurch then the A469.

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.

Allowing for utilities and other bills

Our houses are let exclusive of bills - by paying the providers directly, you will save the typical premium of approximately 200% that all 'bills-inclusive' setups incorporate. 

When browsing for houses, you should allow: 

  • £35-40 per person per month in a six or seven bedroom house
  • £40 in a five bedroom house
  • £40-£45 for a three or four bedroom house

These reliable averages, based on regular review of the costs our tenants are actually paying, are to cover gas & electricity, water, internet and TV licensing. 

Full-time students are exempt from paying Council Tax - we will register you accordingly with Cardiff Council prior to the start of your tenancy. 

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.