As a student going into further education, you will face a lot of unfamiliar challenges. Perhaps the biggest and most important one is finding somewhere to live. Choosing the right home can make all the difference, especially in your first year. For the majority, this will be the first time you will have lived away from home, which can be equally daunting and exciting.
Here are some useful hints and tips you might not know about living in private student halls of residence:
Don’t ‘Just Settle’
First things first, you don’t have to settle for the standard accommodation you get offered by your university. Also, don’t feel you have to dive straight into a converted shared house. The choice is entirely yours. There’s a great middle-ground; somewhere you can be independent, while having peace of mind that where you’re living is reputable and well managed.
Private student halls are purpose built developments, run by private companies like
Fresh Student Living. They are dedicated to helping you settle in to university life and getting the most from your student experience.
Get in Early
Remember, that the best value accommodation tends to go first. So, it pays to get it sorted quickly. Also, some private halls have ‘early bird incentives’ from around November time, which is always worth taking advantage of, if you can. Don’t worry - rooms are still available now in some locations and there is always the possibility for more if and when other students’ plans change, so it’s definitely worth looking at current availability too.
Large private landlords need to be accredited under the ANUK code and sometimes by the Universities themselves to ensure their standard of living are suitable. This means that they have to commit to a minimum requirement and must maintain a professional standard for you. It’s worth checking in advance if your landlord is a part of these accreditation schemes. This is something private halls of residence can promise.
Find Out What’s Included
One less thing to worry about with private student halls is that all your amenities and bills are included in the price, but what about; WiFi, broadband and a TV license? At Fresh Student Living they take care of everything, from lightbulbs and social events, to bills, internet and even contents insurance. Which means that if you stay with Fresh, all your belongings, as well as your needs, are covered.
The rooms themselves are usually kitted out with the latest mod-cons and accessories, like a small double bed, en-suite shower room, kitchenette (if you want a studio), TV and of course, plenty of desk space for when it’s time to get your head down.
nd year student said: “When I first came to Fresh Student Living, my room was like a blank canvas. I was able to make it my own and it made it feel like home”.
At Fresh Student Living they put students first, buildings second. They know that student homes can be so much more than just a roof over your head. The site teams are passionate about taking care of everything and dedicated to making sure you are happy and feel at home.
Every development has their own busy social calendar - from DJ nights and pizza parties to barbeques and bake-offs. Students are never bored and have plenty of chances to mingle and make new friends.
What About Repairs and Maintenance?
Staff are on hand 24/7. So, if there is ever an issue you know that help is on hand. If a student gets a leaking tap or a broken lightbulb, they can log on to the Maintenance Portal and the switched-on site teams will resolve it as soon as possible. They also get live updates on the repair, so they always know what’s going on.
Ease of Booking
Fresh’s smart online booking system means you can effortlessly reserve and self-select the position of your room and the rooms for your friends 24/7. The booking system can show who your flatmates will be by; gender, age and year of study. So, find a combination that works for you. All you need to do to secure your room is pay a deposit and sign a Tenancy Agreement, which is an easy process completely online.
It’s absolutely right to have lots of questions about where to live when you come to uni as it is such an important decision. Hopefully, the tips above will be useful in finding the perfect place for you.
For more information about staying with Fresh Student Living you can visit the website and see all the locations across the UK. You can also check out the blog or follow the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to see what it’s really like living there.