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Moving into your new student home in Salford

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It’s an exciting time when you move into your new student accommodation. If you’re away from home for the first time it’s even more of a change for you as you find your way around your new home. We want to make the experience as simple as possible for you, so our website has lots of help available.

Here are a few key things to be aware of…

Firstly we operate a ticket system for any maintenance issues you have. Our Salford office operates its own dedicated team and you can find the link to report a problem on our website. It is also listed below:

Mistoria Estate Agents Maintenance Support

For small non-urgent problems, we will try and get these fixed either over the phone or if that’s not possible, arrange a time when we can call in.

For emergencies we will do our best to respond immediately. If you need to report an emergency repair outside the office hours of 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, you should call our Mistoria Estate Agents Maintenance line on:

Salford is: 07875681633

giving as much detail of the problem as possible.

If you smell gas you must call NATIONAL GRID on 0800 111999.

Secondly, we want you to be safe in your new home so make sure you keep doors and windows locked when you go out. Be aware of your surroundings, get to know Salford and take sensible measures to look after your own security and that of your friends.

Some properties are fitted with burglar alarms, please learn to use these and set them correctly. We don’t want to disturb the neighbours with constant false alarms.

Talking of neighbours, be respectful of your neighbourhood and remember that people around you may work different hours to you so please keep music and noise to a minimum. Having good relations with your neighbours can be a benefit if you ever need to ask for help.

Fire detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are fitted in all properties and it is your responsibility to check these are working and keep a log of these checks.

Keep the property clean and make sure you are using the bins properly. Food waste can attract pests so please make sure your bins are put out for emptying on the correct day and that they are not left overflowing. Keeping things clean and tidy will make your home a much nicer place to live.

Damp and condensation are generally caused by lack of ventilation so when you are in open windows when the weather allows, and keep rooms well aired particularly those where there is a lot of moisture such as bathrooms and kitchens. If windows are never opened then condensation will increase and can lead to issues with damp.

Keep an eye on your utility usage. Where bills are included, they are done so on a fair usage basis. This means there is an upper limit to what you can use without incurring additional costs.

Look after the property and report breakages. Accidents do happen and we realise that and we will replace items but this may incur a charge.

We have a detailed Welcome Pack giving much more information here and of course if you have any questions please drop your local office a line or call them and they will do their best to help.

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Buy to let remains a popular investment despite recent changes to legislation

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A recent survey of 5000 investors by a London based agency had reported that the Buy-to-let investment model remains the most popular amongst those surveyed.

Although the market is currently seeing a raft of new legislation, covering all aspects of the rental market, 73% of these investors still see property investment as the most stable, least volatile long-term investment available.

Recent legislation has changed stamp duty, tax-relief and tenants fees, making the sector less profitable but the long term impact of these changes is seen more as a bump in the road by many businesses with the size and scale to make adjustments for the long term.

Smaller rental operators may have lost interest and be leaving the sector and certainly the government is seeking to weed out unscrupulous landlords and improve the quality of the businesses that own and manage rental properties, but those with scale are coping well with the new rules.

With Brexit looming there will no doubt be further changes made as the impact of this significant political development  feeds down into the nuts and bolts of property management. However the fundamentals of the investment are still there for the responsible landlord.

Renting property is popular amongst students and young professionals as well as many families. Having the right partner to help you find and manage your tenants will help you generate a steady, reliable income. Buying and maintaining the right kind of property, in the right area, means that you will have capital appreciation as well as this rental income.

Knowing all of the legislation can be difficult for landlords but that’s where choosing the right lettings agent as a partner can be a great help to you. Your agent will manage hundreds of rental properties so will be fully up-to-date with both local and national legislation.

Mistoria operates a team of local offices, staffed by knowledgeable,  friendly staff who work with dozens of landlords in the property rental sector. We cover all of the paperwork for you, ensuring you and your property are fully compliant. We will also source your tenants and manage their tenancy. And of course we handle payments and the money side of things giving you regular monthly statements of all income and expenses and making sure your payments are promptly made.

If you are currently struggling to manage your portfolio or are looking for a new partner to help you with your properties then please drop us a line or call us and we would be happy to show you our range of lettings services.

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What’s the difference between leasehold and freehold?

Purchasing a house is one of the most complicated and stressful events most people will go through in their life. In the mix of all the legalities, mortgages and just hoping the purchasing chain won’t fall through often really important details get overlooked. That’s where Mistoria can help ease the process by being proactive with all parties involved.

Over the past few years something called the ‘leasehold scandal’ has been popping up in the media. The people who have been caught up in it did not realise when they bought their house what exactly they were buying when they signed the contract. This is not common in the Salford area you will be pleased to know, but we thought it would be worth writing this article to let you know what the issue is all about.

Leasehold and Freehold

In British law there are two different forms of home ownership, one is freehold and the other is leasehold. To get the former out of the way first, a freehold is what you’d expect when you purchase a house once you’ve signed on the dotted line, all of the property is yours. So if the property you are looking at is freehold then you can’t be affected by the issue and this is therefore the preferred option. That doesn’t mean however that any leasehold property must be viewed with concern, far from it, but it is worth checking the details of the lease.

If you’re in the process of purchasing a leasehold property what in reality that means is you’re buying permission to occupy that property for a set number of years, usually a very extended period far beyond the life of the building itself for example 999 years. New build properties on new estates seem to be where most of the shorter leaseholds are causing problems.

Leaseholds may sound like a form of rent (and some do argue it is) traditionally leasehold rents are for a very long time, usually between 100 to 999 years. When you purchase a lease, the freeholder usually has some responsibility for maintaining public areas around the property. So, for example, if you buy a leasehold flat the freeholder may be responsible for maintaining the staircases and lifts – typically the maintenance comes with a small rent to pay.

On top of maintenance fees, the leaseholder also usually pays a ‘ground rent’ – literally a rent on the land the property is built on. It’s these payable rents where the scandal has broken out, for a long time the rents were usually very small, some people would pay an annual ground rent of £1 a year, so a tiny sum and this is still very common.

But recently some property builders have been discovering the law around leasehold is very complicated and massively in the favour of the freeholder, giving them leeway to increase rents without any say by the leaseholder.

In return, this has meant people are now paying attention to the fact their property is leasehold and discovering how this may impact them.

Check with Mistoria and we can advise

So, if you’re buying a house what should you do? Firstly there is no need to panic. It is worth noting that the vast majority of people who live in leasehold properties have not been affected by the scandal.

Nevertheless, make absolutely sure you know what you’re buying, check with us and we can advise you the leasehold status of the property you are considering. Secondly, if it is leasehold ask for a copy of the lease and get it checked out by a lawyer that knows the area well. As a rule of thumb any lease that is less than 80 years can start to significantly affect the value of the house, but it all depends on what is in the contract.

If you do buy a leasehold, often it is possible to buyout the leasehold at an additional charge and become the freeholder. Do this as soon as possible, the owners may be willing to sell it for a few thousand.

Property law in Britain is very old, some of the stories coming out of the leasehold scandal date the ownership of the land back to the 1600s which all means it is intensely complicated and hard to understand. However, the scandal hasn’t gone unnoticed by the government, and while it has been accused of taking its time to tackle the issue at the start of May the Competition Market Authority announced it was going to start a full inquest into the issue. Whatever the results of the inquest are, there is enough political will in parliament for some significant change, although what and when that change will come into force is anyone’s guess.

So for the moment just give us a call and in the vast majority of cases you will find there is no problem.

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What can you get for your money when renting as a student in the North West?

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Whether you’re just starting university or have been studying for a while, the yearly cycle of finding a place to live somehow manages to be frustrating and exciting at the same time.

The first decision you’ll have to make is house or halls, so which is better?

Assuming your budget is limited (and let’s face it, no student is flooded with cash), keeping your rent low is always high on the list of priorities.

Student Halls of Residence

Student halls are notoriously expensive, the University of Liverpool’s in-house halls are advertised at almost £150 a week. The private ones aren’t much better with most costing more and a few offering rooms for below that.

What do you get for that price? A standard room (which is what £150 per week will get you) will usually have enough room for a single bed, a desk, somewhere to put your clothes and that’s about it.

You’ll have access to a kitchen too, but that will likely be shared by five or more people, the same can be said for the showers and toilets.

It’s worth noting that in most cases halls also cover bills so you won’t need to worry about paying for your wifi.

There’s also the social aspect, especially for first years, flat parties in student halls are the way a lot of people make their first friends while at university. They also tend to be extremely messy and annoy the security staff who work in the building.

Student Rental Houses

Your other choice is to get a student house in any of the central areas of the city. If we carry on using Liverpool as an example, you can find a pretty big bedroom for around £80 to £110 a week. Sometimes they’ll include bills, sometimes they won’t, but if they don’t adding £10 a week to your calculations should roughly be right. So, you’re going to save hundreds in the long run.

By picking a house you also have much more flexibility in choosing who you live with. If you have a group of mates who want a place together then you can all find a house to fit you all. If you’re on your own you will at least usually get the chance to meet the people who will be living there before you sign any contract.

If you do go down this route, the house will also more likely have more communal space in the kitchens and living rooms shared with three to five people rather than the more crammed halls.

Don’t think this means you’re going to miss out on the social aspect of it either. What’s stopping you going to any of the party’s other people will inevitably host in their halls? At least you won’t be responsible for cleaning up the mess when you’re hungover the next day.

Contact our local team or browse our properties in Salford, Liverpool and Bolton.

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Tenant Fees Act

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One June 1st 2019 the Tenant Fees Act will come into force prohibiting landlords and agents from charging any fees to tenants other than those that have been permitted by the act. Any contract that is signed after June 1 must adhere to the new regulations including those for student tenancy fees.

The act applies to all short hold tenancies and student accommodation, but it only applies in England. Letting fees are already banned in Scotland and, while they are currently still legal in Wales and Northern Ireland, a similar policy was put before the Welsh government in June 2018 and is expected to come into force this September.

It’s become tradition in recent years for letting agents to charge administration fees on top of the usual deposit and first month’s rent when moving in a new tenant, but the act bans them as it is not a permitted fee.

What the act defines as a permitted fee are:

  • Rent
  • The deposit
  • A holding deposit to secure the property which is maxed at one week’s rent
  • Any changes to the property, e.g. the introduction of a pet or a change in the contract – this is capped at £50
  • Utilities like gas and water
  • Council tax
  • TV license fees
  • ‘Communication fees’, e.g. telephone and broadband

The act also allows for a fee to be charged if a tenant terminates the contract early, but in this case the landlord must be able to show reasonable loss has been suffered.

The new legislation also allows for certain fines to be written into each contract, but defines when and how much they a tenant can be charged. Late payment of rent is the main one, this can only be after 14 days have passed and interest at a maximum of 3% above base rate.

Fees that are no longer permitted include:

  • Property viewing
  • Referencing
  • Administration charges
  • Guarantors Inventory checks
  • Pet fees/deposits
  • Renewal/exit fees
  • Professional end of tenancy cleaning
  • Third party fees – unless the tenant chooses to undertake the services themselves
  • Gardening services -unless this is included in the rent

The last major change the act implements is restrictions on how much can be charged for a deposit. If the total annual rent is less than £50,000, the deposit is capped at five weeks rent. If the rent is between £50,000 and £100,000 then the landlord can request up to six weeks.

Deposits must be protected in one of the three government backed tenancy schemes within 30 days of the payment being taken.

Breach of the legislation is a civil offence and can incur a £5,000 fine. If there is another breach within five years of the initial one, then it becomes a criminal offence which could carry jail time.

In addition to this. the landlord or agent who charged the unlawful fee will not be able to evict a tenant until they have repaid all of the illegal charges.

If in doubt the full policy can be found on the government’s website.

We would be more than happy to talk to any prospective tenants about how the new rules will be implemented by Mistoria, so if you have any questions about student tenancy fees then please contact our team.

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A Guide to Leaving Your Property

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As we approach the end of another academic year, many students will soon be moving out of their student accommodation. Some will be leaving university for good, others are simply heading into a new student property. It’s important to leave your home in a good state to avoid any repair or cleaning charges. Knowing where to start can be a real challenge, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience.

To ensure a smooth departure from your student property there are a few things you, the tenant, need to do. Most of it is pretty obvious and involves things like cleaning up thoroughly to ensure the property is left in the same state you found it in when you moved in.

We have put together the following guide to help you and ensure your tenancy completion goes smoothly and to avoid unnecessary charges against your deposit.

Inform your landlord or letting agent

A few weeks ahead of your moving out date, make sure you check in with your landlord or letting agent for a reminder of anything you need to bear in mind when leaving your accommodation. Maybe even check the date you need to move out, in case you are not sure. It’s easy to forget these details in the middle of all the excitement around moving out.

Clear Everything Out

Take time to sort through your belongings and decide whether you really need to take everything with you. You may be surprised at how much stuff you have accumulated since moving in.

When you have sorted through your belongings, you might find yourself with a pile of things that you don’t want. You have offered them to your flatmates but they don’t want them either. So why not donate them to charity?

A piece of good advice is: if it’s rubbish, dispose of it, if it can be reused, recycle it. And if it’s something you don’t want or need, but it’s still in good condition, donate it to someone else who can benefit from it. If you think you can make some extra cash, sell it on eBay or Gumtree. That’s a great way to sell unwanted items. Kitchen utensils you own or clothes in good condition that you no longer want or need are probably suitable for donation.

Local food banks such as The Trussell Trust provide emergency food for people in crisis and welcome any donations of non-perishable food. And charities such as Cancer Research UK or the British Heart Foundation, always appreciate clean clothing in good condition. Remember them before disposing of anything reusable.

Some Advice on Packing

Before you chuck everything in boxes, think carefully about what you are packing and when you might need it. Pack any items you are less likely to need soon at the bottom of boxes and any essential items such as phone chargers and your toothbrush should be packed at the top so they are  easy to access. You don’t want to be going through all your boxes trying to find these items. It is a very good idea to write on each box what it contains as we promise you will forget what is where.

If you are packing fragile or sharp items such as glasses, picture frames and knives, wrap them up and keep them safe. You don’t want any accidents or damage in transit, so use bubble wrap or clothing or newspapers to protect your items.

Clean your Room and Property

When you are ready to vacate your room, don’t leave your accommodation without giving it a good clean before you go. One of the most important moments of your tenancy, the final clean of the property you’ve been renting is always going to be key for the return of your deposit. Your room was in a good, clean condition when you moved in and should be left how you found it. It’s vital that everyone joins in, as the cleaning process needs to be a team effort.

Try to tackle everything and clean as thoroughly as you can. Having a clean room and flat will help to ensure you pass the room inspection upon checking out and avoid any additional charges incurred from hiring professional cleaners to come in. The key is to do a thorough job so that the landlord or letting agent doesn’t need to order a follow-up clean, which would unfortunately come out of your deposit.

Bear in mind that during the cleaning of the property, you can do everything yourself, but consider getting an extra pair of hands involved by promising friends a rewarding pint after the clean up. Plus, the more of you that are involved, the easier the work will be!!

Make an Inventory check

The next step is to make sure to compare all the items in the house against the record laid out in the inventory. You will have signed this document when you moved in. If there has been unreasonable wear and tear of certain areas of the house or items such as furniture have been damaged, it’s worth discussing this with the agent. Fixing these things yourself or have it fixed professionally by yourself may be cheaper than us having to buy a new one. We have to pass things on to the next tenant in a good condition.

Damage check

Sometimes, as hard as you try to avoid it, damage will happen. The important thing is just to be honest about them, rather than trying to hide them when you move out. If you are fair with the landlord, he may take a kinder view towards repairs. If you don’t mention damages, you will find it harder to argue your case when they are discovered. So if something has happened during the move, inform and discuss it with the agent.

Keep a record

It’s essential that you make a note of the final meter readings on your date of departure for gas, electricity, and water. For additional peace of mind, take a date-stamped photo of any meters themselves so that you have concrete proof if any providers try and question your records. Keeping a record of any damage and photos of your cleaning efforts is also a good idea.

Don’t chuck out all the important paperwork that’s built up during your time as a tenant too soon. Hang on to bills, Tenancy Agreements, deposit documentation or anything else that may serve a useful purpose in case of any questions that are asked later after you have moved out.

Pay open accounts

It’s essential that you pay off any outstanding bills when the time comes for you to move out of any rented home. If you fail to do so, you could incur fees from the utility provider or the letting agent due to the hassle of chasing any debts. You may also find late fees beginning to stack up, whilst things can get even more serious the longer you don’t pay.

Communication

It’s important to remember to update your address and contact information with the agent and other organisations when you move out of a property. They may need to contact you as will your university, bank, Royal Mail, Amazon, and any other companies you have an account with.

If you don’t update your postal details, private mail will still go to your old address and it could be opened by the next occupants. Leaving a forwarding address with your landlord or letting agent, is important for any mail to be sent through to you.

Your deposit

We aim to have a smooth handover with all tenants and will do everything we can to return your deposit to you once we have checked the property over and dealt with things like final utility bills. It is normally having to wait for things like these final bills to come through to us that causes any delays. If you have any concerns please contact your local office for an update.

Storage

If there’s going to be a period between tenancies in two student properties or if you are leaving your accommodation, but don’t have a new place to move into straight away then you might be wondering what to do with all your belongings. It may be that you need to temporarily secure a storage facility. If you know this is going to be the case, make sure you organise it as far in advance as possible.

Security

The most obvious point you could think of is to not forget to lock the property when you move out. Any sign of a burglary without the need for forced entry will be incredibly obvious and the cost to you (and your housemates) could be immense. So be sure all windows and windows are closed and locked.

Return your key

The last thing to do is to make sure you hand back over the keys when you have left the property. Amongst the hustle and bustle of moving, it can be easy to forget to hand over your keys back to your local office. If you take them with you and they get lost, the process of the letting agent or landlord being forced to change the locks could prove expensive. The property owner is entitled to expect the keys swiftly, or they may choose to change the locks and incur additional charges for the inconvenience. So, make sure you leave them out on the side and don’t pack them away.

Whether you are leaving because you have finished your studies, or are just moving out for summer, we hope that your move goes well and you enjoy the next chapter of your journey.

And if you’re returning, we look forward to welcoming you back for the new term in September. Are you still looking for student property to rent? You are more than welcome to contact Mistoria to see what we have to offer. Mail us at info@mistoria.co.uk or call us 0800 500 3015.

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Controversial lettings review website wins backing from students

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Controversial lettings review website wins backing from students

A controversial review website which says it can be used to identify “good (and bad) letting agents” has won the backing of a university’s student body.

Marks Out Of Tenancy, which was set up in 2016, says it lists around 20,000 letting agents from across the UK and encourages tenants to review both agents and landlords.

Now it has received support from St Andrews Students’ Association.

A statement from Marks Out Of Tenancy says: “Wanting to better prepare students for living in the private sector, the students’ association has partnered with Marks Out Of Tenancy to provide a platform for sharing experiences and to create transparency about living conditions.”

The website – which also includes information on local areas as well as properties, agents and landlords – claims to allow renters ”to make more informed decisions about who they want to rent from, where they want to live, and what to expect from an area before they sign their tenancy agreement.”

Paloma Paige, the university’s students association president, says: “From the ‘Rent Your Landlord’ survey we ran in 2017, we saw that our students had a real appetite to provide constructive feedback regarding their experiences as tenants. We recognised that by making such information available, students could help their peers navigate the local housing market.”

Meanwhile the website founder, Ben Yarrow, adds: “Balance and fairness is key to the Marks Out Of Tenancy platform, with landlords and letting agents enabled and encouraged to reply to reviews and open a meaningful dialogue with current and potential tenants. We want to improve the experience of all parties involved with the rental process. This is not about naming and shaming, but providing a platform for real engagement.”

This article first appeared in Letting Agent Today in Nov 2018.

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Top Tips for Freshers Vol.3

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In the third and final post in our series of Freshers blogs, providers of student housing Liverpool and Salford based Mistoria Estate Agents, advise you on how to make the most of Freshers’ Week and beyond…

Join Clubs

No, we don’t mean as a club promoter. (Seriously, we don’t care that its Voodoo Wednesdays, you told us that last week…) At the Fresher’s Fair, you have the opportunity to join potentially hundreds of clubs and societies. Make the most of this opportunity. They range from sports clubs and dance troupes, to the really wacky, like the Humous Society or the Extreme Ironing Society. Don’t try and join every single one, otherwise you’ll be bombarded by emails for the rest of your life, but choose a broad selection that both caters to your interests but also pushes the boat out. If you’re interested but unsure, many societies offer free taster sessions.

Whilst you’re wandering around the Freshers’ Fair choosing clubs, milk the stalls for all they’re worth. Get all the freebies you can. You can easily get a lifetime supply of pens there, but also vouchers for free pizza and snacks.

Get In On The Discounts

As a student, you can get hold of an incredible number of discounts. Get a UNiDAYS or NUS Extra card to get massive reductions in most high street shops. Even if a shop doesn’t actually advertise that it offers student discounts, it’s worth asking anyway, as many do.

Cooking

Whether you decide to cook with your housemates on a rota, or do it just for yourself, try and bulk-buy and bulk-cook. Try to make enough for three meals when you cook, and freeze the portions you don’t eat for a later date. This will save you lots of money, and will mean you don’t buy things you don’t need. Similarly, don’t shop on an empty stomach; you’ll be more likely to buy rubbish. It’s worth getting your hands on a cookbook before you arrive at your new house. You can get student ones with quick recipes using cheap ingredients. If you’re not a great cook, try and learn some recipes beforehand. As amazing as living off takeaway kebabs sounds, it can really destroy you.

The First Lecture

When you first start university, you may feel a bit too relaxed about going to lectures. Don’t sleep through them though, even if the hangover is awful. Sometimes, later in the year, you might feel too ill to go to a lecture here or there. Don’t make a habit of missing them though. Even if you take notes on a laptop, bring a pen and paper too, in case your computer runs out of battery. Sometimes, actually writing out your notes can help you remember them better.

Don’t be scared to shout out ideas in a lecture. Everyone is just waiting for someone else to answer, and there’s nothing worse than an awkward pause after a lecturer has asked a question. If you have queries after a lecture, don’t hesitate to email the lecturer or go to their office. It’s what they’re there for, and given how much you’re paying for your education, you should make the most of it.

The First Assignment

Your first assignment can be a daunting prospect, but don’t fret, it’s doable. Lecturers are well aware that it’s your first real taste of uni work. The most important thing is that you don’t leave it until the night before it’s due. That just causes unnecessary stress. Plan what you’ve got to do in advance, and begin reading. Try to work on the essay in chunks, rather than all in one go. This way you won’t get bored, and it won’t look rushed.

Don’t leave referencing until the end either. Trying to find out where you got a quotation about 1st century BC Roman cheese production can be incredibly frustrating, and isn’t something you want to be doing at 2am. The other thing you don’t want to be doing in the early hours is crying when your computer crashes and you lose your work. Back-up all your work.

Mistoria Estate Agents

If you’re still looking for student housing Liverpool and Salford based Mistoria Estate Agents are here to help. We still have a range of properties available in both cities. To find out more about what we can offer you, call 0800 500 3015, email info@mistoria.co.uk, or fill in the contact form here.

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Top Tips For Freshers Vol.2

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In the second article in our series of Freshers blog posts, experts in Salford and Liverpool student homes, Mistoria Estate Agents, give you top tips for a successful start to your university life…

Get Creative

When you move into your student accommodation (Mistoria Estate Agents have many Salford and Liverpool student homes available), start decorating your room. Put up photographs of friends from home, your family, your dog, your pet snail, whatever makes you feel happy. Put up posters and some plants, too. Having a room that isn’t entirely bare will help you feel less homesick. And don’t worry, feeling homesick is normal. Try and meet up with your new-found friends and go somewhere together to keep your mind off it. Don’t forget about university health and support centres for more formal help. You can also explore student mental health websites such as Student Minds if you’re really struggling to settle in.

Get a calendar and put it up in a prominent position in your room. The number of events you plan to go to can be difficult to keep track of, so record everything. You might also want to fill it with your lecture times too.

Work with your housemates to try and make the rest of the house more homely. Take this as an opportunity to organise how bills are going to be split, and how you’re going to share out cooking and cleaning rotas as well. If you decide to get a TV, remember to get a TV licence. If you don’t have one, but watch TV, you can be fined up to £1000. It’s not worth the risk.

Make Friends

Easier said than done, but it IS possible, even for the shyest person. Really try and make an effort to socialise. It can be exhausting, but it’s well worth it. Go to as many events as you can to meet more people. Don’t try and pretend to be someone you’re not; people will see right through that. But one idea might be to fake-it-til-you-make-it. Sometimes if you force yourself to be sociable and confident, that’s exactly what you’ll become. Consider joining Facebook groups with your future coursemates before you arrive. It can be a great way to start to make friends without the initial pressure of meeting people face-to-face.

Keeping Up The Friendships

Not all the friendships you make in Fresher’s will last; don’t expect them to. Don’t feel obliged to stick with the first person you meet. Yes, initially, linking up with one person to help you make more friends is a good approach, but you’ll quickly find other friends. Similarly, don’t get into a Fresher’s relationship with the first person who shows an interest in you. You’ve got three or more years for that; think of the huge number of other people you’re going to meet in that time.

Take Part in Fresher’s Events

Don’t lock yourself up in your room for long periods. You don’t want to be known as the hermit housemate. Make the most of all of the Fresher’s events the university puts on for you. However, don’t be that person, and drink to excess. You’ll just end up embarrassing yourself. Eat something before you go out drinking to avoid unfortunate occurrences. If drinking isn’t your thing, remember that alcohol isn’t the be all and end all of university life, and that there are many other options for you. Even if you do drink, don’t think you can’t join the non-drinking events. Sometimes a night off from the partying can do you a world of good. Don’t let FOMO dictate your life!

Fresher’s events aren’t just limited to partying. The university might organise tours and trips to cultural spots in the city. Go to these not only to make friends, but also to orientate yourself. You might also want to find out where your lectures are and go and find the buildings before term starts properly. That way, you’ll know how to get to your lectures on the first day, and won’t end up panicking when you can’t find a room.

Mistoria Estate Agents – Providing Excellent Salford and Liverpool Student Homes

If you’re still looking for Salford and Liverpool student homes for next year, Mistoria are here to help. We have a range of properties available in both cities. To find out more about what we can offer you, call 0800 500 3015, email info@mistoria.co.uk, or fill in the contact form here.

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Top Tips for Freshers Vol.1

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For the first in a series of blog posts, Mistoria Estate Agents, specialists in Salford and Liverpool student houses, asked a current student to tell us, and you, their advice for Freshers’ Week and beyond. Here’s what they said…

Don’t Worry

The most important advice for Freshers is not to worry. We know, it’s hard not to. But it’s normal to feel anxious or nervous about leaving home, especially as moving-in day looms. Remember though, that everyone else is in the same boat. Even if the first people you meet don’t seem to be worried, they definitely are. They’re just trying to put on a brave face. Don’t worry if you don’t settle in immediately when other people seem to be doing so. People settle at different times.

Plan Ahead

Before you leave for university, make sure you have everything you need. Many student websites have itineraries you can use, but we thought we’d make some suggestions too. Remember, you don’t have to pack absolutely everything you own. If you do forget something important, you can still buy it in Liverpool or Salford. Set up a student bank account straight away. They often offer better interest rates than regular accounts, and have large free overdrafts (which you shouldn’t need to use, but give you some peace of mind.) Don’t be sucked in by freebies either – some offers are better than others. Make sure you have all the documents you need for your arrival, such as your letter of acceptance and ID. Check any information the university might have sent you via email, and check their social media pages for useful updates.

Remember to pack flu medicine as well. You WILL get Freshers’ Flu. THERE IS NO ESCAPING IT. Bringing paracetamol and Lemsip* will make your days of suffering just that bit more bearable. Register with a doctor’s office near to your new house too. You can find your nearest GP here.
*other branded remedies are available!

Finally, pack lots of fancy dress. Freshers’ Week in particular, but pretty much every night out after, revolves around some kind of outfit, and there’s often a competition for the best one.

Make A Budget

University might be the first time you’ve had to budget, but budget you must, if you want to avoid spending half the term eating Pot Noodles. Plan how much money will leave your account each month in bills, rent, and food costs, and allow for extra emergency costs too. Remember, you’ll need money for textbooks, but you can get these secondhand for a much better price than new. You’ll invariably spend a lot more in Fresher’s Week than at any other time, so you might want to make a mini budget just for that. Saving up some extra money over summer before uni just for Freshers’ is a good idea. Don’t feel pressured to spend money you don’t have, and try not to go into your overdraft unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Mistoria Estate Agents – Provider of Salford and Liverpool Student Houses

If you’re still looking for Salford and Liverpool student houses for next year, our last bit of advice is not to worry. Mistoria Estate Agents are here to help; we still have a range of properties available in both cities. To find out more about what we can offer you, call 0800 500 3015, email info@mistoria.co.uk, or fill in the contact form here.