An a different kind of student accommodation

Far from the conventional where you each scribble your name on a contract with a seedy Landlord for a contract with a property with no heating and where the running water is slightly black but he doesn’t mind if you play loud music and party till dawn, there are now, a small number of property management companies who are offering large halls style accommodation to students. These are basically halls but not supplied by the university. So, students will pay a one off figure, which will include all bills and will be paid to the property management company. These rooms will only be let to students; they will have similar single rooms with en-suites and communal kitchen and laundry areas. In this way they are very similar to the environment that students will have been residing in at university campus halls.

The advantage to society of such properties is immense. Areas densely populated with students are commonly run down with litter, graffiti and a sub-standard level of housing. Students are on a tight budget and this has been exploited for many years by the Landlord who realised he could cut corners if he shaves a few quid off the monthly rent.

Students are renowned for noisy parties and loud music, often inadvertently destroying communities around them and pushing non-student renters into other areas away from the antisocial antics of those experience freedom from parents for the first time.

If we support this new breed of student accommodation, segregating student housing from non-students, we will be offering a better standard of living to students, with safely maintained properties and clear cut one cost a month bills which reduce the possibility of damage to credit ratings at such an early opportunity in adulthood. We will also, however, be offering a far superior standard of living to those previously forced to live amongst student households. No more late night partying and streets littered with kebab wrappers, no more constant ‘student night’ flyers tempting them to taste test 2 for 1 cocktails at the latest student bar. No more trying to get infants to sleep whilst loud drinking competitions happen on the other side of the wall and no more graffiti on your front door.

Segregating these living styles does not mean segregating students from the mainstream population; it merely means ensuring the best possible opportunity for comfortable and happy lifestyles for all parties. Students like to live a certain lifestyle and that can be made acceptable within areas designated for this behaviour ensuring those not wishing to live in such areas are afforded the opportunity to live in a more peaceful and less disturbed home. More could be done to encourage students to develop within the community, such as volunteering opportunities and projects working alongside others residing in nearby areas.

This new way of student living also offers increased security in perhaps the more vulnerable times of a student’s life, with access granted by keys to communal areas as well as personal keys for individual’s private areas. At a time when young adults are acclimatising to the ways of the world and adult life and are perhaps not as security conscious as they will eventually be, this added security will offer and increased peace of mind – especially to worrying parents left at home concerned about their offspring moving into the big wide world alone!

With increased security, improvements in society, financially clear agreements and single management of large quantities of student accommodations, this certainly looks like the way forward in student lettings and I strongly suspect we will see increasing numbers of companies keen to introduce such offerings to the student market! Watch this space!

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Moving to University – Useful things for living in Student Accommodation

So you have received you’re A-Level results and are off to University! If you are moving away and are off to live in student accommodation there is lots you will need to take with you, some obvious and some things that you may not have thought of. Here is a guide to some random items that you may wish to bring with you to ensure you have all you need in your new student home. This is written from personal experience of living in student accommodation in Nottingham, whilst studying at Nottingham Trent.

  1. Clothes horse – You are likely to find that tumble dryers either aren’t available or cost too much to run. A simple clothes horse is a great help for drying your clothes efficiently, unless you are planning on taking all your washing back home for your mum to do! It is easy to find one for under a tenner. Make sure you get one that is easy to fold away.

  2. Two sets of bedding – You are likely to not have easy access to a tumble dryer so make sure you bring 2 sets of bedding so you always have a clean set available when the other one is being washed.

  3. Larger Plastic cup/beaker – After a night out you will definitely need a large glass of water by your bedside to help rehydrate you. A plastic cup is useful in case it gets knocked off, especially if you have a hard laminate floor.

  4. Dressing up clothes – Raid your wardrobe for clothes that may be good for dressing up. Unions and student nightclubs often have student theme nights so if you have any old dressing up clothes, be it cowboy hats, 70’s outfits, neon tutus etc are likely to come in handy and save you buying new ones.

  5. Earplugs – Student accommodation can be noisy. Every night can be a night out for students and they will come in handy when you need a good rest and a quiet night in. Party till the early hours is fun when you are doing it, but not so great when you want to sleep and others are making noise at 3am! Ear plugs will help to block out the noise and help with a better night’s sleep.

  6. Tin opener – Tinned food tend to be cheap and a good student staple but is not much good without a tin opener! Student accommodation varies when it comes to kitchen equipment, so make sure you find out what you need before you go. If you are stuck look in pound shops for bargains!

  7. Extension cables/bar plugs – Most students these days tend to have a wealth of gadgets and chargers. Hairdryers, hair straighteners, laptop chargers, mobile phone chargers, alarm clocks, lamps, televisions, DVD players, games consoles etc all need to be plugged in, many at the same time, but you may only have one or two plug sockets in your room in your halls or student home. A bar plug will be useful to power a range of things at one and extensions cables are good if the plug sockets are not where you need to plug this in.

  8. Medicine – A range of cold/flu remedy’s, allergy tablets, cough sweets, painkillers etc are useful to have in stock. When you are at University you won’t have mum or dad available to pop to the shops when you are feeling rough so having some on standby is useful. These are especially useful the first few weeks as you are likely to catch the dreaded Fresher’s Flu!!

  9. Cleaning products – Unless you want to live in filth, you will need to clean! Some basic multi-purpose cleaners are the best option as you don’t want to be storing lots of different bottles.

I hope this was a helpful list of things you may not have considered when preparing to move into student accommodation.