If you are an Assured Shorthold tenant (most students in student accommodation are) then your landlord or agent should protect your damage deposit in one of three government approved deposit schemes within 30 days of receipt. Failure to do so could mean you are eligible to claim compensation of up to three times the amount of your deposit.
If you are approaching the end of your tenancy and can't remember which deposit scheme your landlord or agent used then it's worth checking before you move out. Ask your landlord/agent to confirm, look at your tenancy agreement or check directly with the deposit scheme websites. You'll need a postcode, surname, tenancy start date and deposit amount to search. Links to the three government approved schemes are below:
Deposit Protection Service
Tenancy Deposit Scheme
No luck using the online searches? Don't worry, you can also call the schemes on the numbers below:
Deposit Protection Service:
0330 303 0030
0333 321 9401
Tenancy Deposit Scheme:
0300 037 1000
If you have reason to believe that your deposit has not been protected then contact advice(su) for advice on what to do next.