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Housing for young people


Although you can leave home at 16 without your parents or carers consent, you cannot usually rent a home until you are 18 (there are some exceptions), or get a mortgage to buy your own home.

Many young people will privately rent, often living in a single room in shared accommodation. If you wish to live in a private rented self-contained home there are restrictions on the amount of housing benefit you can claim if you are under 35. Read more

Other options include applying to go on the housing register for a council or housing association home through Kent Homechoice.

Or if you are homeless or threatened with homelessness, you should contact your local council for advice and assistance. If it is not possible to prevent your homelessness or reconnect you back to your family and you are eligible for help, some options may include staying in a hostel, foyer, supported housing, or supported lodgings.

Download our factsheet for young people aged 16 and 17 here


Or for more information


Citizens Advice Bureau provides useful information for young people on their housing options.


Shelter offers housing advice to young people.


TheSite is the online guide to life for 16-25 year olds in the UK which gives lots of information on all sorts of issues including housing.

Get Connected

Get Connected is a free and confidential helpline service for young people under 25 who need help and advice on matters affecting them including housing.


HOUSE provides a free, safe space where young people up to the age of 19 can hang out and can get advice, support and information on a range of things including housing, drugs, sex, smoking and alcohol.