Affordable Housing Register

How the system works

We have a partnership with Housing Associations so that most social rented houses in Oxford are let through one single housing register – the Oxford Register of Affordable Housing (ORAH).

Before applying for social housing you should be aware that social housing is scarce in Oxford and only a low number of properties become available to let each year.

Only households in high housing need are likely to receive an offer of housing and they may have to wait many years before they receive an offer.

The majority of households are unlikely to receive an offer of housing, even if they are included on the Housing Register, and they should consider other housing options instead.

Please see our advice pages for more details.

If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness you should seek advice from us at the earliest opportunity.

We use a banding scheme to prioritise our offers of housing to those with the greatest need first. Read more information about our Housing Register Allocations Scheme.

The quickest solution to your housing problem is for you to look at the private rented sector for alternative accommodation using local lettings agents. You may also qualify for financial support which may assist you with paying your rent.