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Liverpool Student Homes Housing Fair

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Our Liverpool lettings team attended the Liverpool Student Homes (LSH) Housing Fair on 28th November.

LSH is the only official university service for private student accommodation and housing for Liverpool John Moores University, University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University and the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. They advertise the widest range of high quality, affordable student accommodation in the city.

The Housing Fair gave students across the city the opportunity to meet approximately 40 LSH registered Liverpool student letting agents and landlords (of which Mistoria are one!) and find details of individual rooms and properties, of all types and sizes, available to rent for the 2019/20 academic year, within the main student areas of Liverpool.

The event, at Liverpool Guild of Students, was very well attended, and for Mistoria’s Liverpool lettings team, the event was a real success! We had over 100 applicants on the day who left their details with us so we could send over details of all of our properties. This equates to 100 potential rooms rented for next year!

A number of property viewings were also booked which will take place over the next few weeks in the run up to the Christmas break. Again,if successful this could lead to many rooms and properties being secured for the 2019/20 academic year.

No student fair would be complete without some freebies and giveaways. The first 50 applicants to attend our stall were given vouchers for 25% off fees and we also gave out yummy cupcakes and sweets to keep sugar levels up and smiles on faces!

If you’re a student in Liverpool and still looking for somewhere to live next year, please contact the Mistoria Liverpool student letting agents office on 0161 707 6106 or by visiting www.mistoriaestateagents.co.uk/liverpool/.

We’ll be attending the next LSH Housing Fair on 30th January at John Lennon Art & Design Building between 1 and 4pm.

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Affordable student housing in Liverpool and Salford

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Student tenants pushed into financial hardship as loans barely cover rents

Many student tenants are struggling to get by, with their monthly loans barely covering rents.

The average student loan payment comes in at £602 a month, but with the average student rent standing at £565.89 a month, this leaves almost nothing for food, transport, toiletries, books and, in some cases, bills.

Findings from this year’s National Student Accommodation Survey show students are paying on average £301 in deposits for a property and £208 in letting agent fees, and that one in five students have struggled to get their deposits back.

The poll of more than 2,000 students highlighted other issues, with 16% complaining agent fees weren’t made clear and another 14% concerned about inappropriate landlord visits.

The research also found that student finance is failing to keep up with the costs of renting and housing.

The analysis is by money advice website Save the Student, which warns that rising rents risks pushing people into financial hardship and too much reliance on their overdraft.

Jake Butler, student money expert from Save the Student, said: “The fact that the maintenance loan barely covers students’ rent is shocking. Students are forced to get a job at the expense of their studies or rely on their parents who may struggle to support them.

“It’s quite clear that the sheer cost of just having a roof over their heads is putting a huge strain on students across the country, exacerbating mental health issues and the temptation to drop out of university.

“Forget about tuition fees and high interest rates – now that the Government are finally reviewing the student finance system, a fairer maintenance loan should be at the top of their agenda.”

This article first appeared in Property Industry Eye in March 2018

At Mistoria Estate Agents we strive to remain competitive whilst at the same time offering value for money for our student tenants.

The average student rent in a Mistoria property is just £406.34 per month, compared to the national average of £565.89 a month (as stated above). Our deposit is £200.00 per person and agent fees £125.00 per person, both of which are clearly stated on our website and online application form – in fact you are unable to submit your online application unless you tick to confirm you understand the fees and that they are non-refundable. 

If you are student in Liverpool and wish to rent a student property that is affordable whilst still offering comfort and security, within a sensible distance to the main university campus building, speak to Mistoria Estate Agents, your local student housing Liverpool specialist. Call 0161 707 6106 or visit our website www.mistoriaestateagents.co.uk/liverpool/.

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Leaving your Mistoria property

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To ensure a smooth exit from your Mistoria Salford or Liverpool student lettings there are a few things we need you, the tenant, to do. Most of it is common sense and involves cleaning up after yourself to ensure the property is left in the same state you found it in when you moved in.

The less cleaning up and maintenance work the Mistoria team have to do at the end of a tenancy, the quicker your deposit can be returned to you, in full.

So we all know where we stand and to ensure a happy outcome, we’ve put together the following check-list so you know what is expected of you before you leave.

Kitchen
Please ensure the fridge freezer is defrosted and that there is no food left inside it, or in the kitchen cupboards.

Do not leave any cutlery, cups, glasses, pots and pans or any other kitchenware behind.

Please clean oven and hob. We recommend ‘Oven Pride’. This is a fairly cheap product that can be purchased from any leading supermarket. (Please ensure you read and follow the instructions on the packaging when using this product).

Bathroom
Please ensure the seal around bath/shower is cleaned and that no bathroom products are left behind. Please ensure bath/shower plugholes are draining and that there are no blockages (from hair for example).

Bedrooms
Please ensure no personal items are left behind. When cleaning your bedroom, please pull-out and clean behind the bed and wardrobe. For safety, ask another housemate to help you with this as these can be heavy items.

Floors and Surfaces
Please ensure that all surfaces all cleaned (desks, wardrobes, windowsills, etc). Ensure all carpets have been hoovered and floors mopped, where applicable. Please empty the hoover when finished.

Rubbish
Remove all rubbish from the property and ensure it is placed into the correct bins. (Failure to place the rubbish in the correct bins may result in the council refusing to empty the bins. Should this happen, tenants will incur a charge for this removal).

Please note, if any rubbish is left behind, you will be charged. This is classed as Tenants Damage and can be deducted from your deposit.

If you have had any pictures or posters etc. hanging on the walls of your bedrooms, please ensure no marks are left from blue tac, Sellotape, etc.

If you would like any further advice regarding what could be classed as Tenant Damage in your property please do not hesitate to call Ian, the Mistoria Maintenance Manager, on 07794 913 390. He will be more than happy to help.

If your property is left in the same condition as when you were given the keys, we will endeavour to return your deposit within 14 days of the final utility bills being received by Mistoria.

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Last chance to book Salford or Liverpool student accommodation for 2018/19

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As the academic year draws to a close, now is the time to secure you Salford or Liverpool student accommodation for next year if you haven’t already done so.

Most students begin their search for their student house share before Christmas, but we understand that this isn’t possible in all cases. Booking your student property early allows you to pick for the best accommodation available and give you much more chance of find the house that’s perfect for you and your housemates

However, if you’re still looking, fear not. At Mistoria Estate Agents we still have student properties left in both Salford and Liverpool. Many of our student houses have been refurbished within the last 5 years, so there’s no doubt you’ll find an excellent standard of property with Mistoria.

Here are just a few of our favourite available properties, and don’t hesitate to contact us if a house takes your fancy. These properties are sure to go fast, so get in touch asap to ensure you get the house you want for you and your friends next year!

 

https://www.mistoriaestateagents.co.uk/liverpool/property/let-2018-19-academic-year-81-sheil-road-liverpool/

We love this 6 bedroom property in Kensington, Liverpool. Renovated to the highest Mistoria standard, this student house has 6 beautifully decorated bedrooms, plus a bright open-plan kitchen/living room, complete with plasma TV and iPod docking station. FOUR bathrooms means no squabbling over the shower in the morning and as if that isn’t enough, all bills are included!

https://www.mistoriaestateagents.co.uk/liverpool/property/student-accommodation-salford-25-norbury-salford-m7-4ug-salford/

This 4 bedroom house is perfect for a group of friends who just don’t want to be parted when it’s time to move out of halls. Fully furnished to the highest standard and complete with bills and broadband, this property really is something special. Each room comes with a bed topped with a memory foam mattress for maximum comfort, as well as plenty of storage space and, of course, a desk. Interested? Call our Salford team on 0800 5003015.

At Mistoria, we pride ourselves on our exceptionally high standards, and we think our properties reflect this. All our houses are finished to the highest standard and are inclusive of all bills, meaning you can relax knowing all the hard stuff is taken care of. Properties are being snapped up fast, so now’s the time to act or risk missing out on your perfect student pad. To browse all our available properties:

Liverpool student accommodation

Salford student accommodation

Alternatively, you can contact us on 0800 500 3015 or via our contact page to get more information or to arrange a viewing. You can also find advice on how to house-hunt, check-lists for moving in and out, and other top tips!

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Liverpool student house share going quick! Have you sorted out yours?

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With so many students looking for a Liverpool student house share, make sure you don’t leave it too long before starting your search.

We’re already in the final semester of the year and our Liverpool student houses are filling up fast for next year! But don’t panic. We still have plenty of decent properties for you to choose from but you need to get looking NOW!

Don’t be left disappointed and panicked into accepting a house you’re not happy with because the end of term is approaching and you need to find somewhere before heading home for the summer. Check out the selection of properties available from Mistoria Estate Agents. We can help you find a great Liverpool student house share.

If you want to choose your housemates, then get together with a group of friends and look for a house together. The advantage of this is that aside from sharing with people you know, you can choose a house that everyone likes and with rooms that everyone will be happy with. If it’s just you or you and just one friends, we can also help fit you into a suitable larger Liverpool student house share with other Liverpool students. You’ll still have your own private room that is just yours, and you’ll share the rest of the house and facilities with the other tenants. We do have a very limited number of properties with ensuite bathrooms so please ask us about these when your enquire.

What to look for in a student house share

One of the most important aspects of choosing a student house is location. When you’re looking for a Liverpool student house share you want to be in an area that is convenient for university but also has easy access to shops, transport, nightlife and entertainment. Many of our properties are in prime student locations, meaning everything you need is in close proximity. Our website also allows you to search for properties using a map search so you can be sure the houses you’re looking at are in exactly the location you want.

If there are four or more of you looking for a Liverpool student house share, go for a property that has two bathrooms. This avoids the common disputes over showers and the amount of time spent in the bathroom!

Don’t be influenced by superficial “extras” like a massive TV, iPod docking stations or inbuilt sound systems. They’ll cost you so much more in rent and whilst they sound great, everyone just watches Netflix on their laptop and listen to mucis on the phone anyway. A flashy TV is far less important than a good location,  nice rooms and reliable facilities.

Facts and figures of a Liverpool student house share

When you’re looking for a Liverpool student house share, it isn’t just about finding a house that you like. There are a number of financial issues to consider as well. Make sure you read the tenancy agreement thoroughly and know what you’re signing up to. Plus you’ll each need a guarantor, so get your parents to read through the tenancy agreement. Are bills included? They are with Mistoria Estate Agents. Remember that if you’re all students, the house will be exempt from council tax. You’ll probably have to pay part rent during the summer vacation if you want to retain the property next year. Also find out what the landlord’s policy is if one housemate wants to move out during the tenancy. It’s almost certainly the first time you’ve entered into an agreement of this kind, so be sure you understand the legal side of being a tenant.

If you’re a Liverppol student and still haven’t sorted your accommodation out for next year, browse the student properties at Mistoria Estate Agents before they’re snapped up! There’s only a few months left of the academic year. Visit www.mistoriaestateagents.co.uk/liverpool or call 0800 500 3015. Or you can pop into our Liverpool letting office on Picton Road and chat to our friendly staff.

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50% off Domino’s pizza for Mistoria student tenants in Liverpool

Because we’re so good to you, the fantastic team at our Liverpool office have arranged for a 50% discount on Domino’s Pizza for our student tenants!

Liverpool students discount – 50% off pizza

Exclusively available at the London Road branch of Domino’s in Liverpool, all you have to do is spend £30 online and use the code MISTORIA, and you’ll receive 50% off. There are a few Ts & Cs which are listed below but it’s all the usual stuff.

liverpool student discountWhilst we care about your well-being during your tenancy with us, we cannot be responsible for any subsequent Domino’s addiction that this offer may cause! Or the effect it may have on your bank balance, or waist line! Happy dining folks!

www.dominos.co.uk

Offer available at Domino’s Pizza, London Road, Liverpool, L3 9TA

Terms & Conditions
Valid online online. Minimum spend excludes 14/21 chicken sides, ice cream and drinks. Not valid with any other offer. Offer can be withdrawn or amended at any time. Valid on full price items only. Minimum delivery may apply. Valid student ID needed. Valid until 31st May 2019.

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Tenant duties in a Mistoria Liverpool student house

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There’s lots going on throughout the academic year, and we understand that studies, sports and socials sometimes take priority to your responsibility in your student house. So, we thought it worth reminding you of your duties as a Mistoria tenant.

When you first moved in, you and your housemates will have been told how we expect you to behave and look after your property whilst you’re living there, but here’s a reminder of your the simple dos and don’ts…

  1. Keep the property clean and tidy at all times – common sense, surely you do this at home, so why not in your term-time house.
  2. No food to be left/eaten in bedrooms – we know you do this, but be smart and don’t leave evidence of it.
  3. No Blu-Tac on walls – it causes grease marks.
  4. Rubbish to be removed, do not pile up bags in the yard – again, common sense, who wants to live in a rubbish tip?
  5. Keep all rooms vented – open windows a little whilst you’re at home, use extractor fans in bathroom when showering and the kitchen when cook, or open the windows and back door.
  6. Tenants are shown how to top up boiler, clean out hoover and clean out filters in washing machine – stuff you may not have known before to a little maintenance on your part will ensure these essential; household items stay in a good state or repair and effective working order.
  7. Tenants to be shown what the likely cause of black mould is and shown how to avoid black mould and condensation in the property by using the silent fans as well as opening the windows and doors frequently – as in point 5, plus don’t put wet clothes directly on radiators. Also see our dedicated condensation page.
  8. Smoking is NOT allowed in properties, especially Cannabis – make your student house a nice environment for everyone and smoke outside, away from open windows and doors.
  9. Drug taking is Forbidden. Any form of recreation drugs are Forbidden – it’s illegal. End of.
  10. Baby wipes/wetwipes and kitchen roll must be disposed of in a bin and NOT flushed down the toilet – these wipes do not break down like toilet tissues and can cause blockages.
  11. Shower plugs to be kept clean as they will clog with hair – a quick wipe with some toilet roll after each shower should do the trick.
  12. Use boiler timers or set rooms stats – this help keep the house pleasant, stops mould and prevents pipes from freezing in cold weather.
  13. INTERNET – Downloading/streaming films will reduces speed and restrict other household users.
  14. Use the Freshdesk online ticketing service on the Mistoria Estate Agents website to report maintenance issues – texts and emails won’t be responded to.
  15. Keep gardens and yards clean – see point 4.
  16. 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.

Failure to follow the above points may result in the Mistoria maintenance team being called out and you being charged for any work carried out to fix or replace the problem.

If you have any questions about any of the points listed above, please contact your local Mistoria office on 0800 500 3015.

If you’re looking for a Liverpool student house, please contact us and let us help you find the perfect place to call home for the next academic year.

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Top tips on how to survive a student house share

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Often university is the first (and only) time most people will experience shared-living. No, living with parents and annoying siblings or other family members doesn’t count!

It can be a culture shock getting used to other people’s ways of living – even carrying out the simplest of daily tasks can vary wildly from one person to another. Similarly, one person’s idea of tidy can be very different to another’s… All potential stress factors and grounds for conflict but it needn’t be that way. After all, you’re all in the same boat; living away from home for the first time and learning to stand on your own two feet and do things for yourself. Everyone has different strengths and playing to them could be the best way to go about house sharing.

Whatever your situation, whether you’re sharing with pre-established friends, course mates, teammates or total strangers, here are some top tips to keep your house-share harmonious.

Keep it clean
Cleanliness is subjective and we all have different ideas of what clean means. It’s best to share with people who have similar standards to you, but, if this isn’t possible, try to compromise. You should set a few ground rules in the house share at the start of the tenancy agreement, such as keeping communal areas clean and tidy. Everyone must agree to clear up after themselves, particularly in the kitchen, and dirty pots should never be left to fester. If necessary, draw up a cleaning rota to ensure that everyone does their fair share of the workload, or agree to split the cost of a weekly or fortnightly cleaner.

Get the bills in order
When you move in, agree how bills will be paid and split between everyone in the house share, as this is a common cause of arguments. Set up bank transfers to cover the monthly outgoings that are your responsibility, and keep a record of what’s been agreed when it comes to making payments. Alternatively, download an app that allows you all to access and track expenses by logging in from your phone.

Stay secure
Keep your belongings in your room and be clever with storage, so that your personal items don’t spill into the communal spaces. Security can be an issue too, with people coming in and out of the home that you don’t know, so it’s worth having some lockable storage in your room for high value items. Be vigilant and, as a house, agree to always lock your doors and windows to prevent break-ins. Also, if you have a burglar alarm, use it!

Share the essentials
It’s a good idea to band together with your housemates and put money towards kitchen basics, such as pots and pans, condiments, spices, and dairy products to save you all over-buying. Each month, you can agree what needs to be replaced and all put money in a pot to make sure that those essentials are restored going forward.

Respect others
Respect your housemates’ privacy; don’t go into their rooms when they’re not there and always knock first if the door is shut. Keep the noise down if you are inviting friends round or coming in late at night, and try to give some warning if you’re having visitors. Being respectful in a house share goes a long way towards preventing conflicts.

Remember to communicate
Have an established method of communication to discuss specific house matters, for example a Facebook or WhatsApp group. If you have an issue to raise, however, the best thing to do would be to communicate face-to-face, so that it can get resolved quickly. If you haven’t developed a social relationship with your housemates, a simple “please” and “thank you”, along with polite conversation, can establish a comfortable atmosphere for everyone.

Choose your housemates carefully
If you have the luxury of getting to choose your housemates, think carefully before you agree to move in with someone, and consider whether you could potentially clash on anything like smoking, obsessive tidiness or having conflicting work schedules. Be honest about your own lifestyle and needs when talking to prospective housemates, as it will be a much more enjoyable experience living with people that you get on with.

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At Mistoria Estate Agents we specialise in student housing with all-inclusive bills (including broadband), in close proximity to university campus’ and a reliable 24/7 maintenance service. Our high quality rental properties have everything a student needs and are situated across Liverpool and Salford. Properties are let on a room-by-room basis to make the renting process easier for both you and us. Our prices are advertised per person, per week, allowing you to quickly decide if a property is within your budget. Whether it’s a small three-bed terrace or a large 6-bed townhouse or something in between, let us help find you the perfect uni pad. Call 0800 5003015, email info@mistoria.co.uk or visit one of our local branches in Liverpool and Salford and speak to one of our friendly team.

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Student house deposit procedure and quarterly inspections

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As Mistoria Estate Agents tenants, you should already be aware of our deposit procedure. It is laid out in detail in your tenancy agreement. However, we still get asked lots of questions about deposits and we’re always looking for ways to improve our processes and communications with our tenants to ensure the best possible outcome for all concerned when it comes to returning deposits at the end of the tenancy. With this in mind, we thought it worth highlighting again how we handle your student house deposit, and some improvements we have put in place to ensure we’re all happy at the end of the year.

Last year there were a few delays on our part in returning deposits in a timely manner to a small number of tenants. This was an internal issue that we have since addressed and put right, however the situation inevitably caused some upset to those affected and we were determined to take tenant comments on board and make changes where necessary. We took the opportunity to look at the whole deposit process and how we can do things differently to avoid similar problems in the future.

The biggest change is the increased focus on our Quarterly Inspections. Going forward we will use these to help us identify any possible issues in plenty of time before the end of the tenancy, and inform tenants in writing of these issue so they may be rectified before vacating the property.

To give this some context, there are four reasons why deductions may be made from your deposit:

  • If you are in rent arrears
  • Late (rent) payment fees
  • If you have caused damage to the property
  • If you have exceeded your utility usage (gas, electric and internet)

Quarterly inspections of the property should enable us to identify the above, giving all a full audit trail of any damages, and time to act on them.

Here’s how the whole process works:

  • Inventories are carried out at the beginning of tenancy to represent the condition of the property on move in
  • Any maintenance will be picked up during quarterly inspections and tenants will be notified in writing of any possible tenant damages shortly after to allow opportunity to rectify them.
  • Photo evidence is taken at quarterly inspections which will show any damages and also show if the tenants have rectified between inspections to the end of the tenancy. A final dated photo will be taken on check out for any outstanding damages that are to be deducted from the deposit.
  • Utility usage is notified to tenants on a quarterly basis, this way any over-usage is known before move out and also gives tenants the chance to alter the usage in the property throughout the year. This will help to reduce or eradicate any deductions for utility usage exceeding the CAP stated in the tenancy agreement from the deposit.
  • A final check out will be carried out on move out and any damages notified to the tenants on the quarterly inspections will be checked to see if rectified. If not then the cost to repair will be deducted from the deposit.
  • Tenants are also advised to take their own photos on move out to use if there are any disputes.

Tenants will be notified of the inspection dates in advance and the appropriate 48 hours notice will be given.

We hope the inspection system will help improve transparency and a better relationship with our tenants. Everyone will know where they stand and any potential delays to deposit returns at the end of the year should hopefully be avoided.

If you have any further questions about our student house deposit procedure or quarterly inspections, please call 0800 500 3015.

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Top tips to university success

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University is such a special and unique time. For many, it’s your first real step into adulthood and looking after yourself. It’s freedom, independence and a time to grow. Above all else, it’s a time to learn. As you fall into your new life in a new city with new friends it can be easy to forget why you applied for university in the first place; to learn. Whilst it can be argued uni is one big learning curve; learning to look after yourself, cook, clean, be organised and on time are all valuable life skills, you need be focused on your studies and work hard. University can equip you with the knowledge and experience needed to succeed in your future career. Use the time and resources at your disposal wisely and you’ll reap the benefits long after graduation.

Here are our top tips to university success…

Student accommodation

Where you live (and who you live with) can make or break your uni experience. It’s where you’ll spend most of your time and so it needs to be secure, welcoming and comfortable. Getting a good night’s sleep in a safe and cosy environment will dictate your mood, concentration levels and general well-being and happiness. You need an appropriate space to study, relax, socialise, sleep, cook and live.

At Mistoria Estate Agents we provide high quality student houses, furnished with everything necessary for students to survive and thrive including per room rentals, all inclusive bills and high speed internet. Take a look at our website for the best student accommodation Salford and Liverpool has to offer.

A new lifestyle

It’s never too late to get into good habits but the sooner you establish them the better. You’ll know whether you’re a morning person or a night owl so plan your routine around your natural cycle. Remember to eat healthily, drink plenty of water, get a good night’s sleep and be organised. Set your morning alarm allowing enough time for breakfast, plan your meals and remember to include fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet. Get an early night before morning lectures and exams. Buy a diary and plan. Allow yourself time to work and play. Mark key coursework deadlines and exam dates in the diary and work backwards to plan out an achievable work schedule.

Social life

An active and varied social life will have knock on effects in all aspects for your life. Joining societies akin to your interests will help you to make new friends as well as gain valuable experience in your areas of interest. Active involvement in societies and sport team successes can lead to university awards and achievements to add to your CV.

Discipline

Simply put, if you don’t knuckle down and put in the required work, you won’t get the results you need or want. University isn’t like college or sixth form; it requires a lot of self discipline. No one is going to chase you if don’t attend lectures or seminars (eventually you’ll get a formal letter or email), lecturers aren’t there to babysit you and your parents won’t be there to nag you to get out of bed in the morning and drive you to class. You need to be self-motivated and strict with yourself. Work hard everyday and get the most out of your university experience. It will be good practice for working life where self motivation, managing your workload and prioritising will all be key.

Work experience

Take advantage of your university’s connections and opportunities and absorb as much of your department’s resources as possible. Internships and the chance to study abroad are common offerings. Using the resources on offer can give you the edge over competitors when it comes to applying for jobs after university. The saying “it’s not what you know but who you know” applies here. A work experience placement could even lead directly to a job offer if you impress.

Make the most of your university years and you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labour for years to come.

To find out more about Mistoria Estate Agents and the properties available in Liverpool please visit www.mistoriaestateagents.co.uk/liverpool or call us on 0800 500 3015 or alternatively email us on info@mistoria.co.uk