How to Get a House in Whiterun For Free

When you are looking to store excess items from your Inventory, getting a house for free in Skyrim might be what you need. Once you have helped defend Whiterun from a Dragon attack, Jarl Balgruuf will grant you the honor of owning a home in the city. This will only trigger once you have completed the “Dragon Rising” main quest. Breezehome can be found right next to Warmaiden’s weapons and armor shop, which makes it a very convenient place to own.

However, instead of losing out on 5000 Gold for getting a new home in Whiterun, you can get it for free. Getting the free home does not involve using any cheats and instead can be done if you are fast with your controller/keyboard. Once you are ready to purchase Breezehome, find Proventus Avenicci, Jarl Balgruuf’s steward, and follow the below steps to get your home for free.

To accomplish this free house exploit, you must have sufficient gold on hand to make the purchase, i.e. 5000 Gold.

How To Get a Free House In Skyrim’s Whiterun

A picture of Breezeholm, the player's house in Skyrim's city of Whiterun

To get the house in Skyrim‘s Whiterun for free, you must speak to Proventus when he’s about to either sleep or get up from bed. His chambers can be found in the Jarl’s Quarters of Dragonsreach keep. Make sure to position the screen as close as possible to one of the wardrobes in his bedroom and that you have enough money to buy the house in Whiterun in the first place.

While Proventus is beside his bed, interact with him to open the dialogue options and select “I’d like to purchase a house in the city.” After he offers Breezehome for 5000 Gold, proceeds with the purchase but immediately open one of the nearby wardrobes while he finishes his dialogue. If you can quickly open the container before hearing a “key jingle,” the attempt is successful. However, if the wardrobe cannot be accessed before Proventus gives the Dragonborn the key, you must reload their save and try again.

After successfully opening the wardrobe, place all the Gold previously earmarked to buy the house inside. Once exiting the inventory screen, you should still receive the key to Breezehome from Proventus. Now, reopen the wardrobe to retrieve the gold. After you have pulled off this exploit, you can access your new house in Whiterun for free.

A Lore-Friendly Free House in Skyrim

Ysolda from Skyrim in Whiterun

Alternatively, there is a lore-friendly way in Skyrim to get a house in Whiterun for free. This method involves getting married to Ysolda and living in her home, which does not cost anything. However, you must first speak with Maramal in Riften and purchase an Amulet of Mara from him. Then, after completing Ysolda’s quest, “Rare Gifts,” you will be able to take her hand in marriage, providing a humble free house in Whiterun that you didn’t have to buy. Check out the video from PS5GAMING on YouTube below for a full tutorial on how to marry Ysolda in Skyrim.

Source: Youtube/PS5GAMING

  • Skyrim

    Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S

    Bethesda Softworks

    Release Date :
    November 11, 2011

    Single player

    9/10 Steam; 4.3/5