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Your Duties in a Mistoria Student House

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Whether you’re attending lectures, working in the library, playing your favourite sport or meeting up with friends on socials, we know that you’ve got lots going on in your life. We understand that your responsibilities in a Mistoria student house will be the last thing on your mind. That’s why we thought we’d write this blog post, as a friendly reminder of some simple dos and don’ts… 

  1. Try and keep the property clean and tidy at all times. We’ve written a blog post in the past about creating a cleaning rota and the best products to use.  
  2. No food to be left/eaten in bedrooms – we know you do this, but don’t leave evidence of it!
  3. Don’t attach posters to the walls with Blu-Tac as it causes grease marks that are really difficult to get rid of.
  4. Put your rubbish in the correct bins and don’t let it pile up, especially in your garden or yard. This causes an unsightly mess and encourages vermin. 
  5. Keep all rooms vented to prevent condensation and damp. When you’re at home, open windows a little and use extractor fans in the bathroom when you’re showering and the kitchen when you’re cooking. 
  6. When you first moved in, you will have been shown how to top up the boiler, clean out the hoover and clean the filters in your washing machine, all things you may not have known before. With just a bit of maintenance on your part, household items will stay in effective working order.
  7. Smoking is not allowed in any of our properties. Make your Mistoria student house a nice environment for everyone and smoke outside, away from open windows and doors.
  8. Wet wipes and kitchen roll should be disposed of in a bin and not flushed down the toilet, otherwise you run the risk of causing blockages.
  9. Clean your shower regularly, removing hair from the plug and making sure mould doesn’t form. 
  10. Use boiler timers and your thermostat. This will help keep the house at a pleasant temperature and prevent pipes from freezing up in cold weather.
  11. When using the internet, be considerate of other people in your house; streaming films will slow your housemates’ connection speed down and can be really frustrating for anyone trying to work.
  12. Anti-social/irresponsible behaviour will not be tolerated. You each have equal responsibility to make your student house a safe and pleasant place to live for yourselves and your neighbours.

If you don’t follow the guidance above, the Mistoria maintenance team might have to be called out and you may be charged for the work that they do to fix a problem. 

If you have any questions please call your local Mistoria office on 0800 500 3015.

If you’re looking for a Mistoria student house in Salford, Liverpool or Bolton, please get in touch and let us help you find the perfect place to call home for the next academic year.

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How To Protect Your Student House From Burglars

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According to police research, students are the group most likely to be targeted by burglars in the UK, so it’s really important you make sure you do everything you can to make your property secure. We’ve written this blog post to help you take the necessary precautions to keep you and your belongings safe. 

Locks

Over 1000 student homes in Manchester are burgled every year. Shockingly, 1 in 3 burglaries occur after the students living there fail to lock their doors and windows before leaving the property. It is therefore essential that you make sure your locks are in good working order and that you use them as often as possible. Burglars want easy access to a property, so by making their lives more difficult, you’ll dramatically reduce the chance of a break-in. If you can, you should also lock your bedroom door when you go out. That way, if one of your housemates forgets to lock their window, burglars won’t be able to steal your belongings too. 

Even if you are in the property, you should lock the doors and windows in the rooms which you’re not using. This is especially important if you are out in the garden as you may not hear someone breaking in. In the unlikely event that it’s hot outside, make sure you lock your windows at night. 

If you have any broken locks or if you feel additional locks are required in your property, notify the Mistoria maintenance team immediately and we will come and help. 

In the Garden

If you have gates that lead into your garden, keep them locked. You should also move wheelie bins away from the house so that would-be burglars cannot use them to climb into the property through an accessible window. On bin collection day, move your bins back into your garden or onto your drive; if they are left out on the pavement, your property will look unoccupied and burglars are more likely to strike. 

Keeping Valuables Safe

Another way to prevent burglaries is to make sure your valuables are hidden out of sight. Opportunist thieves may strike if they notice a laptop in the window within easy reach. When you leave your house for the day, you should therefore hide your valuables in drawers. The effect of having your computer stolen will not just be financial though – it will probably have all of your essays and research on it too and losing those could be disastrous for your academic career. 

Furthermore, if you have just purchased a new piece of tech, tear up the box and put it in your recycling bin. Don’t leave it on show next to the bins or in the window, as that will make it obvious to thieves that there is something worth stealing in your property.

Going out

If you plan to have a big night out and everyone in the house will be out, order a taxi to come and pick you up at the end of the road. That way, it won’t be as clear which house is the empty one to anyone who might be watching. The same should be done when you leave your house at the end of the term. 

You should also purchase a light timer so that when you go out it looks like you’re still in. These are fairly inexpensive and can be bought from supermarkets and DIY stores. If it looks like your house is occupied, thieves will be less likely to attempt to burgle the property. 

When you do go home for the holidays, bring all of your valuables with you. The longer a burglary goes unreported, the less likely you’ll be to recover your stolen items; this could be a number of weeks if you’re on holiday. Therefore, take similar precautions to those listed above when you move out over Christmas or Easter; use timers, make sure everything is locked up and make sure the outside of your house is well kept – don’t let rubbish build up in your front garden as unkempt properties often appear less secure. 

Get Insurance

Sometimes, no amount of preparation can stop your house being burgled. That’s why you need to ensure that you purchase contents insurance for your property as soon as you move in. You might think it’s cheaper to take the risk and not pay for insurance, but if your property is burgled, the cost of replacing all of your stolen items can be crippling.

You should also register all of your valuables on the Immobilise website, where you can record the serial number, make and model of your items. If they are recovered by the police, officers will check this online database to try and return your items to you.  

Further Information

If you require more advice or you are concerned about securing your property, get in contact with the team; we’re always happy to help. We’ve also produced advice for landlords on securing their properties, which can be found here. If you are looking for student accommodation for sale, Salford based Mistoria Estate Agents have a range of properties available. 

 

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ARLA Accreditation Success

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We are delighted to announce that, after three months of hard work, five members of our team have achieved ARLA Membership (MARLA) status. Congratulations go to Mish, Tanya, April, Julie and Daniella, who each successfully passed four exams after their extensive Level 3 training programme on both property management and sales. The four units covered; Health and Safety, Security and General Law; Legal Aspects of Letting and Management; Residential Property Letting Practice; and Residential Property Management Practice.  

Why You Should Use an ARLA Propertymark Protected Letting Agent

When you let your property, you want to know that those to whom you entrust the management of the process know what they’re doing and know how to manage the issues which regularly arise. By choosing a company such as Mistoria, who have voluntarily chosen to become regulated by ARLA, you can rest easy knowing that they are committed to raising standards within the industry and providing the best possible service to you. 

ARLA Propertymark Protected agents offer a highly professional service and have the ability to manage your property portfolio with a high degree of skill. We work to higher standards than the law demands to ensure the best possible experience for our landlords. 

But there are also advantages for tenants. By choosing to be regulated by ARLA, Propertymark Protected companies commit themselves to helping the tenancy run smoothly and hassle free. For example, any maintenance issues which may arise will be resolved quickly and efficiently. If you want to avoid a terrible agent who does not care for your needs and who may not follow the law, choose an ARLA Propertymark Protected agent. 

The Propertymark Protected Offering

All agents who are recognised as Propertymark Protected are backed by a Client Money Protection scheme, are members of an independent redress scheme which has been approved by the Government, attend regular training courses to ensure continued professional development, are informed of the law and new legislation to ensure they remain compliant, submit financial records to Propertymark and adhere to a nationally recognised code of practice. As a result, their service is as transparent as possible and all they do is subjected to review by an external body. 

Further Qualifications

Other members of the Mistoria team are now also working their way towards NAEA Membership status. The in-depth training programme requires great effort on their part, but will be worth it in the end!  We’ll let you know how they’re getting on in the new year. In the meantime, if you have any questions, contact us

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Budgeting As A Student

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The best day of term for every student is when that all important student loan lands in their bank account. But making that money last can be really tough when you’re trying to juggle the costs of going out, doing the food shopping and buying textbooks. Sow how do you live on a budget during your time at university? We thought we’d write this blog post to provide some guidance.

Create a Budget

Unsurprisingly, the most important part of living on a budget is to come up with a plan of how much you can spend each week. If you’ve never budgeted before, you might find that calculating living costs is quite tough, so talk to whoever pays the bills in your household.

To work out how much money is available to you and to prevent yourself going into your overdraft, divide the amount of money in your bank account after your student loan has dropped and your parents have added some funds (though we know that not everyone’s parents can do this) and divide it by the number of weeks in the term. If you’re prone to overspending on nights out, it might be a good idea to open another bank account where you keep most of your money and just transfer over the amount you need each week.

When you make your plan, be aware that the most important thing you need to budget for is your food bill and your rent. If you’re in a Mistoria house, you can rest assured knowing that the rent you pay includes bills, so you don’t have to spend time worrying about any extra costs. You then need to think about how much you’ll spend on nights out and other social events with friends. Remember that if you go to a university in a big city like Liverpool or Manchester, the price of a night out will be higher than you’re used to. 

If your costs for the first term are higher than anticipated (and they probably will be, what with buying textbooks, joining societies and buying bits and pieces to make your house more like a home) you’ll need to make allowances for that in the following term and cut back somewhere. 

Eating Cheaply

A great way to save money is to shop for food as cheaply as you can. Certain shops like Aldi are well known for having really low prices, but if you prefer to shop elsewhere, look for own brand products as they’re usually considerably cheaper than the brands you know. You should also look at the price per gram shown on shop labels. You’ll often find that something that initially looks like the cheaper option is misleading and that another choice will actually save you money. 

Meal Planning 

When you go food shopping, you should have a weekly meal plan in place and stick to it. If you know exactly what you want, you won’t be tempted to buy any extra stuff you don’t need. When it comes to actually preparing your meals, buy and cook in bulk. Try and prepare four meals worth of food in one go and freeze what you don’t eat. That way, you’ll create less waste and save money at the same time. 

Track What You Buy

When you’ve got money in your bank account, it can be hard not to spend it on impulse purchases. Before buying something though, ask yourself whether you really need it, or whether that brand new t-shirt will just end up at the back of the cupboard with all the others you bought and thought you’d wear. When you do buy something, it’s a good idea to track your spending. You could even go as far as making an Excel spreadsheet to do this. You can then see where you’ve spent your money and if you you realise you’ve been spending a bit too much, you can see where to cut back.           

Get a Student Discount Card

For some great savings, you should definitely get a TOTUM card. You can use it to get more than 200 discounts at some of your favourite  brands, both in-store and online. You can get one for just £32 for three years. 

Travelling by train in the UK can be cripplingly expensive, so it’s just as well you can get a 16-25 Railcard, which gives you a third off rail travel. Whilst you can buy one for £70 for three years, you can also get one for free if you open a student bank account with Santander.  

Renting a House with Mistoria 

Did you know that you can live in a high quality student home without breaking the bank? If you’re on the hunt for some of the best student accommodation in Salford come and see what Mistoria Estate Agents has to offer. Speak to a member of our team to discuss your needs.

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What You Need To Do Before Going Home For Christmas

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It’s not long now before you’ll be going home for the Christmas holidays, but before you head off, there’s a few things you need to do. Luckily, we’ve put together this checklist to help. 

Book Your Travel

We all know how expensive British train travel is, so if you haven’t booked your tickets yet, you need to do so as soon as possible. To save money, be flexible with the date you want to travel and book outside of peak times. If there’s the option, try and get a reserved seat. Remember that everyone will be going home at the same time and you really don’t want to be left standing up for the whole journey home! You should also try to get hold of a 16-25 railcard, especially if you’re planning to travel the length and breadth of the country regularly, as you’ll get a third off the price of your journey. You can also look online to find the best split route tickets. With a little bit of work, you’ll find that a journey made in two parts is often cheaper than a direct trip, even if you follow the same route. Don’t fancy parting with all that money? If there’s no rush to get home, consider taking a National Express coach instead.   

Finish Your Work

You probably won’t have time to get absolutely all your work finished by the end of term, but you should still have a good crack at it. At home, you might not have access to a library as good as your University’s and you don’t want to end up getting stuck unable to do any research for that all-important essay. If you get a good chunk of work out of the way, you won’t have it hanging over you and you’ll be able to spend more time relaxing and eating way too many mince pies!

On a similar note, return all the library books to that you don’t need over the holidays. You don’t want to come back to university in January realising you’ve ended up racking hundreds of pounds worth of fines because you couldn’t be bothered making the trek over to the library.  

Host a House Christmas

There’s nothing better than getting all your friends over for a big Christmas party. Get everyone to cook together (that way you’ll be able to disguise how bad of a chef you are), have a go at Secret Santa and play some Christmas games… or just get drunk. If you put up Christmas lights, make sure you don’t overload the plug sockets.

Tidy Your Room

Tidying your room might be the last thing you want to do when you’re full of festive cheer, but you’ll thank yourself when you come back in January. If you don’t clear up, you might come back to find that mice have moved into the house, or that the pizza you drunkenly ordered and forgot about has gone mouldy. Take the opportunity to recycle everything you can and if you’ve discovered that you have far too many clothes that you don’t plan to wear ever again consider donating them to the local charity shop.

Only Pack The Essentials

Remember that you’ll only be heading home for a weeks weeks maximum, so you won’t need to bring your whole wardrobe back with you. Just make sure you have enough for the time you’ll be home and maybe pack some special outfits for Christmas parties. You’ll thank yourself later when you’re getting on the train and see everyone else that’s packed too much struggling to drag their suitcases across the platform. 

You should bring home any valuables you have though. Burglars target student properties when they’re vacant over the holidays, so make sure there’s nothing there for them to take.  

Do Your Christmas Shopping 

If you’ve not started Christmas shopping yet, what are you waiting for?! If you’re in a city like Manchester or Liverpool with their huge shopping districts, there’s plenty of choice and something for every budget. Go out with your friends and make a day of it, and use the opportunity to discover some new areas of the city. If the hustle and bustle of high street Christmas shopping isn’t for you, get your online orders in now – you don’t want to end up ordering a load of fantastic presents only for them not to turn up by Christmas because you’ve left it too late. Get them delivered to your home address so that you don’t have to lug them through the train station or ram them into your already stuffed suitcase. 

Take Down Your Christmas Decorations

When you get back in January, you’ll probably end up getting hit with the post-holiday blues and seeing Christmas decorations up will make the feelings so much worse. Take them down before you head home and most importantly, unplug any lights you’ve put up, to prevent a fire while you’re away. 

Lock Up

Right before you and your friends leave your property, make sure you lock all the doors and windows in your house. If your bedroom doors have locks, make use of these too. That way, if someone does break in, they’ll only be able to access the communal areas of the property. You should also unplug all the electrical devices in your house that don’t need to be on so you don’t end up getting hit with a massive utility bill when you get back from the holidays. You should also set your heating to 7-10 degrees. This will ensure that your pipes don’t freeze while you’re away and should also stop condensation forming and causing damp. 

Look For a House For Next Year

If you’ve not found a house for next year, it’s probably a good time to start looking. Get a group of friends together and begin to have a look at what’s available. If you’d like some advice about renting student houses, Salford, Liverpool and Bolton based Mistoria Estate Agents are here to help. Speak to a member of the team now. 

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Do I Need a TV Licence?

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We often get asked whether students need a TV licence for their house and it seems like there’s a lot of misinformation out there. We’ve written this blog post to break down when you need one and when you can do without. 

What is the TV Licence?

You’ll need a TV licence if you want to watch live TV, or watch or download TV programmes using iPlayer. The fee is used to pay for every aspect of the BBC’s service offering, from TV programming to podcasts and weather forecasts. Even if you spend your time watching the likes of ITV and Channel 4, you still probably use a BBC service; in a recent survey, 92% of respondents said they used at least one BBC service a week.   

If you never watch live TV and never use iPlayer, you do not need to pay the licence fee. If that’s the case, you need to let TV Licencing know. You can do that here

However, if you do need the licence but don’t pay, you could be fined more than £1000 if an enforcement officer visits your house. This includes confirming that you have a licence when asked on the iPlayer app, even if you do not.

How Much Does It Cost?

The TV licence fee this year is £154.50. That may seem high, but it’s actually reasonable given the amount of quality TV you get for your money. The cost rises with inflation each year. Sadly, there’s no discount if you’re a student, but if you’re in a shared student house, signed under a joint tenancy agreement, you only need one licence. You can then save money by equally dividing the cost of the licence between you and your friends.

If you only need the licence during term time, you may be entitled to a partial refund. You’ll have to apply for this on the TV Licencing website and provide proof of your term dates. You’ll be able to get a refund if there’s still at least a full month left on your licence. 

How Do I Pay?

The easiest way to pay your licence fee is as a one-off payment online via debit or credit card. You can also pay in installments, via cheque, by post, or via PayPoint services at most supermarkets and corner shops.  

Do I Have To Pay?

We’ve got some great news! As part of our ‘bills inclusive’ package, the TV licence is provided free of charge by Mistoria! 

We provide high quality Liverpool, Bolton and Salford student lets. Speak to our friendly team now to secure a house for next year. 

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Keeping Your Student House Clean

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Once you’ve moved into your shared student house, it’s not long before the mess starts to build up. We’ve written this article to help you keep on top of the cleaning in your house and stop arguments starting over whose turn it is to scrub the bathroom!

Rota

If you haven’t set up a cleaning rota yet, do so as soon as possible. Sit down together and make sure that all the household chores are shared out equally between every member of the house. Set out the key things that need to be done, such as taking out the rubbish and cleaning the kitchen. Make sure everyone agrees on the schedule and that everyone has a say. Aim to clean everything once a week; you may want to set the same day and time for everyone to do their chores. If you do it regularly, it’ll be far easier to manage. 

Cleaning Products

Ensure there is a store of communal cleaning products that everyone contributes to, but make sure that none contain ingredients that members of the household are allergic to, or that they might object to (if they have been tested on animals, for example) 

Doing the Washing Up 

Deciding whether to do the washing up on a rota or as individuals is up to you. If you do it as part of a rota, you know that everything will be done regularly. However, some people may find that unfair, especially if they use fewer bowls and less cutlery than other household members. If you do it individually, each person will be responsible for their own cleaning, but the chance of people leaving their pans ‘to soak’ is high and plates may soon begin to pile up. 

Communal Areas

If you’re in a communal area like the lounge or kitchen, try and tidy up after yourself. In the bathroom, ask everyone to keep their toiletries in their own rooms, or if you have a cabinet, on each shelf. Don’t leave your various bottles out in the shower as it’ll become impossible to track what’s yours. 

Tidy Up Before You Go Away

If everyone is leaving the house during the holidays, tidy up everything before you vacate the property. Empty the fridge and cabinets of anything that might go off, take the rubbish out and wipe down all surfaces, especially kitchen counters. This will mean you won’t come back to a house that has been taken over by mice and flies.

Student Houses in Liverpool, Salford and Bolton

Are you looking for a student house for next year? Experts in student lettings, Salford, Liverpool and Bolton based Mistoria still have homes available. Speak to a member of the team to find out how we can help you.

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Surviving in a Shared Student House

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Living with your friends in a shared house can be one of the best bits of your time at university. But maintaining domestic harmony can sometimes be a struggle, especially during stressful times like exam season. That’s why we’ve written this blog post – so that you know how to survive in a shared student house! 

Choose Your Housemates Wisely

Before you even start looking for a house, you need to sort out who you’ll be living with. This is not a decision to be taken lightly. A good idea is to live with the people from your halls in first year who you get on with and who you know can live without mess and drama. Alternatively, you could live with people from your favourite society, as that way you’ll have something in common (though that’s no guarantee they’ll be good housemates!). 

We find that the most popular months or house hunting are October to December, which gives you some time to get to know your friends before deciding to live with them. If there’s something you find irritating about a friend, remember that this will be much more noticeable when you see them all the time in your own home. You should also consider how many people you want to live with; in larger houses, there’ll be more chance of arguments and less chance of privacy, but if you’re a social butterfly, a large house might be perfect for you. 

Room Allocation

When you move into your new house, there’ll probably be a desperate rush for the biggest room. But to avoid arguments, deciding who gets which room should be a democratic process. Each room will have its advantages and disadvantages and you should consider what’s most important to you. If some rooms are considerably bigger than others you may consider splitting them by price, or you could allocate on a first come first served basis.  

Keep Things Tidy

To keep up good relations with everyone in your house, try and avoid conflicts wherever possible. Arguments usually start over the cleanliness of the house. It’s fine to have a messy room, but in communal areas, you should make sure your things are packed away after you’ve used them. Make sure you wash your dishes once you’ve used them. It’s really easy to let plates build up until you have a festering mess in your kitchen and nothing to eat from. 

It’s worth sitting down with your housemates to write up a cleaning rota. That way, every part of the house will be cleaned regularly and no one will be able to argue about whether it’s their turn later down the line.

Ask To Use Your Friends Things

If you’ve run out of cutlery because you’ve not done the washing up, it’s tempting to ‘borrow’ your friends’ things. If you come in drunk and have no food in, you may even decide to steal some of your friends’ food from the fridge. That can cause huge arguments, especially if someone comes down to find they have nothing for breakfast. It goes without saying that you should always ask before taking anything. It may also be a good idea to mark your things with your name.

Don’t Let Your Partner Move In

There is usually only enough space in communal areas for the number of occupants in your property. It can be really frustrating when someone you barely know spends all their time hogging the kitchen or taking lazy showers when you need to get ready to go to lectures. Your housemates will also get irritated that your partner isn’t paying rent or bills but is still using the house’s facilities. No one is stopping you having your partner over a few times a week, but if they’re there all the time, don’t be surprised when your friends get annoyed. 

Pay Your Bills

If your house has opted to pay their own bills rather than move into a bills-included home, it’s best to have one person responsible for collecting all utility payments. Make sure you pay them the right amount, on time. It’s unfair on the lead payer if you’ve not paid your share and they’re left covering for you. Remember that everyone is sharing the cost, so don’t turn up the heating just to walk around in shorts!

Looking For A House For Next Year?

Experts in property lettings, Salford, Liverpool and Bolton based Mistoria Estate Agents have a wide range of student properties available to rent. Contact us now. 

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How To Make Your Student House a Home

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Before you moved into your new student house, you probably saw hundreds of pictures on Instagram of beautifully decorated rooms decorated with hanging fairy lights and plants on the windowsill. Now that you’ve moved in, you might want to recreate that aesthetic for yourself. We’ve put together some tips and tricks to achieve the same look without breaking the bank. Your room will be like a home away from home in no time! 

Fairy Lights

Fairy lights are possibly the most instagrammable part of your room. Their soft light makes everything look great and can be really soothing when you’ve had a tough day of lectures. You can buy them shortly after Christmas for a massively discounted price. Make sure you buy ones that plug into the mains so you’re not constantly paying for new batteries. Drape a strand around your bed or over your noticeboard if you have one. Remember to turn them off before you fall asleep, though.

Print Out Family Photos

Many students struggle with homesickness when they first come to university. A good way to stay connected with home is to print out pictures of your friends, family and pets. Having these familiar faces around you can be really comforting. Once you’ve got some photos with your new university friends, you can print them off too. There are many online services that allow you to upload your pictures, print them as polaroids and have them sent straight to your door. You can then hang them from a piece of string with wooden pegs you’ve decorated yourself.  

Plants

A great way to make a room prettier is to buy some potted plants. They boost your mood and add a splash of colour and lots of oxygen to your room. Given that you’ll probably forget to water them from time to time, we recommend going for hardy cacti. If you know you’ll never remember, consider getting some realistic plastic plants to brighten up your room.  

New Bedding and Pillows 

Your bed will be the most noticeable thing in your room, so really make it stand out with some new bedding. You can go for something plain, something wacky, or something nostalgic (Disney duvet cover? Don’t mind if I do…). You can often find duvet covers and pillow-cases on sale at Primark. If you really want to go all out and make your room extra comfy, get some extra cushions from a charity shop. 

Posters

Show off your individuality with a few posters. They might be of your favourite TV show or film, or your favourite band. They make for excellent conversation starters, especially if you don’t know your new housemates particularly well. Don’t use something to stick them up that will leave a mark though, as you will risk losing your deposit.  

Keep Things Tidy

Buy a laundry bag so you don’t have to wade through mountains of clothes when you wake up every morning. Tidy up the rest of your room by putting your books and folders on shelves and buy storage boxes that fit under your bed to put some of your stuff in.

Good Speakers

Whether you plan to rock out to your favourite tracks on your own or at pre drinks, or host film nights for you and your friends, a good pair of speakers is essential. There are lots of cheap options available online. 

Looking for a House For Next Year?

If you’ve just begun searching for a house for next year with your friends, come and speak to the experts in student homes, Liverpool, Salford and Bolton based Mistoria Estate Agents.

 

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Top Tips For Freshers’ Week

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Freshers’ Week is just around the corner! It’s an amazing time where you can make loads of new friends, join societies and experience independent living for the first time. Here’s some of Mistoria Estate Agents’ tips and advice to help you get the most out of your first week at university. 

Go To The Freshers’ Fair 

Your Freshers’ Fair will usually be held in the first few days of term and going is a great way to find out about all of the societies, groups and clubs available. There’ll be something for everyone, but don’t try and join all the societies all at once, especially if you have to pay a membership fee at the Fair – if you do that, you’ll spend money on things you’ll never go to. Make the most of taster sessions that many of the societies offer, to see if they’re right for you. 

Get All The Free Stuff You Can

You’ll be inundated with freebies during Freshers’ Week and you should definitely take advantage. You can stock up on a year’s supply of pens in just a couple of days; you won’t have to worry about paying for stationery after that!  

Be Open-Minded

University is a time of transition and change and you’ll meet a wide range of people from different backgrounds you’ve never come across before. Be open-minded; some of your best friendships will form with the people you never expected to talk to or get on with. The same goes for joining societies; joining something new might lead to a lifelong hobby and your whole university experience will be more enjoyable because of it.

Stay Safe On Nights Out 

You’ll have some amazing nights out during Freshers’ Week, but you should always make sure you’re safe when you’re out. The easiest way to do this is not to get too drunk; eat something before you start drinking to line your stomach. When you do drink, make sure you keep your eye on your glass at all times. Get all of your new friends’ numbers before you leave the house so you can message them if you get split up in the club. Save some taxi numbers into your phone too, so you can be picked up and whisked off home quickly at the end of the night. 

Be Careful With Your Money

It’s all too easy to overspend in Freshers’ Week and be left with nothing for the rest of the term. Create a budget before you start uni and stick to it as well as you can. And remember, just because other people you’re with are spending money, it doesn’t mean you have to as well. 

Make sure you take into account your rent and food bills and any other other social activities such as going out for drinks with friends. Don’t forget the one-off costs like textbooks and your Freshers’ Week wristband. Remember that it could take a while for your Maintenance Loan some time to come through so don’t spend too much before it’s arrived. 

Not Having Fun? Don’t Worry

Going to university can be a really tough transition and you might feel overwhelmed, especially if it seems that everyone else is having a great time. But don’t worry, there’ll be lots of people in the same position as you. Remember, it can take some people longer to settle in than others. 

Sort Admin Out Before Freshers’ Week Starts

There’ll be so much going on during Freshers’ Week, you won’t really have time to sort out the important matter of admin. Before you start university, make sure you have all the necessary documents, including your letter of application and ID. That way, when you go to register your arrival, you’ll have what you need and the process will be far simpler. You also need to make sure you’ve signed up for the student council tax exemption and have got your TV licence. 

Freshers’ Week Help At Mistoria 

If you still need help finding a student house, Salford, Liverpool and Bolton based Mistoria Estate Agents is here to provide expert guidance, whether you’re a fresher or not. Contact us on 0161 707 6106 now.