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Leaving student housing secure over Christmas

Everyone needs to protect their home over the Christmas period, but student housing is often more vulnerable than most.  Leaving a house empty for up to a month requires security precaution, and the possibility of snow, storms or floods needs to be considered.  Here are our top tips for keeping your student home safe over the Christmas break…

  • Set the heating to a timer so that it comes on (on a low heat) a couple of times a day for a couple of hours.  This will stop your pipes from freezing and prevent any other frost damage.  It will also ensure that your home will not be freezing cold when you return. 
  • Clean!  You will kick yourself if you come back to a dirty house, which has been festering for weeks.  Take out the bins, empty the fridge (no-one wants find mouldy month-old pasta!) hoover and check under the bed for any old food or stinky socks!
  • Now’s the time to check your locks.  If you think any may need changing, bring this up with your landlord now.  You’ll need to lock everything before you leave to prevent break-ins, so if there’s any doubt, get it fixed.
  • As a further precaution, set up lamps on timers to make it look as though the house isn’t empty.  Cancel any deliveries such as milk or catalogues which could build up and indicate there’s no-one home.
  • Let your landlord know when the house will be empty.  They can then check on the property in the event of bad weather and keep an eye on things.  If you know anyone else on your street who will also be around, ask if they can let you know if anything seems wrong, or even give them your landlord’s number for emergencies such as a burst pipe or collapsed roof.

If you’re starting to property hunt ready for the next academic year, check out our available student housing now, and be sure to download our student housing guide.  It’s full of tips for finding a student house, as well as handy hints on how to save money, what you can expect from your landlord, and check-lists for moving in and out of student accommodation.  Feel free to contact us with any queries on 0800 500 3015 or using our contact form.

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Freshers’ week tips

Freshers’ Week is fast approaching for our student tenants. It can be an equally exciting and nerve-wracking week – no one wants to start the year off on the wrong foot. So here are Mistoria’s top 6 Freshers’ Week tips…

1) Avoid Freshers’ Flu! A week of socialising with new people, taking buses everywhere and plenty of late nights can take its toll, and many students find that by the end of the week they feel awful. Which isn’t what you want for your first full week of lectures! We recommend stocking up on antibacterial gel and multi-vitamins. And maybe have at least one early night!

2) Stay safe. New and unfamiliar cities can be daunting at night, so it’s important to make sure you’re covered. Exchange numbers with your new flatmates before going out so you’re never left alone and Google local taxi companies – if the night’s a disaster, you can always go home!

3) Take advantage of the Freshers’ Fair. They aren’t just for societies – they’re also full of free stuff, discount cards, offers on food and drink, and flyers for all the social events you could ever want to attend that week – who wants to pay for entry? Stalls at Freshers’ Fairs have been known to give out everything from tins of baked beans to beach balls – some even have freshly baked pizza to sample! 

4) Budget. That student loan may look like a lot now, but it has to go a long way so try not to blow it all in one week. Try and stick to a budget, but allow yourself to splurge a little this week. If you want to save on food, suggest a group dinner once a week – this will not only give you more money to spend elsewhere but will bring the group closer together.

5) Start to think about next year. It seems a bit premature now, but a lot of students start hunting for next years accommodation around Christmas time. If you don’t get on with your flatmates, remember just because you’ve been put together with certain people this year, it doesn’t mean you’re stuck with them. Sign up for some societies and try and meet up with people from your course – they could be potential flatmates for the year ahead.

6) Download our free student guide! There’s plenty of tips for finding next years digs, check lists to help you move in and out, and some pointers to help you to keep your costs down throughout the year! 

To download our PDF click here, or to view our range of student properties, visit our website. Feel free to contact us with any queries on 0800 500 3015 or using our contact form.