Four out of 10 students lose well over a third of their deposits when they rent privately while at university or in higher education, a new survey suggests.
The research also highlights that 79 per cent of students do not sign a photo inventory when they move in.
Half of the disputes that led to retained deposits concerned cleaning, a quarter were down to damage to fixtures and fittings, and others included excessive wear and tear and unpaid bills.
One in four students said they did not receive details of any deposit protection scheme for their deposit.
The survey was conducted by the personal finance website Money which recommends that photo-inventories be insisted on by student renters, as well as checks about deposit protection and detailed analysis of any contract.