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Mistoria Estate Agents ‘Guide to your First Student House’

First Student House

As the final countdown is now set in motion until A-Level results day, a back to school feel is in the air.

Once you know which university you will be attending this autumn you have to start thinking about all the formalities that go with it. On the top of your list? Finding a suitable accommodation for the school year.

It’s natural to feel overwhelmed by all the new responsibilities that come with being a student. Mistoria Estate Agents can lift a weight off your shoulders by helping you through the process of finding your first student house.

Our handy ‘Guide to your First Student House’ can help save you time and money on the daunting process of finding student accommodation that is right for you.

Covering the main dos and don’ts, this free student property guide covers the key points you need to think about when renting your first student house.

You will find advice and information covering what you should be looking for according to your needs and preferences, landlord obligations, budgeting and keeping your bills down. Handy move in and move out check-lists and a glossary of terms you might come across along the way are also included.

 

Download our Guide to your First Student House

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Is your student accommodation booked for 2014?

As the term draws to a close, now’s the time that most students are beginning to sign for their student accommodation for the next academic year. To avoid the rush and to save yourself weeks of stress trying to find a decent pad next year, it is recommended that students get a room booked before Christmas break. At Mistoria, we’ve been working hard to renovate all our properties to the highest standard, and we’re pleased to report that many houses have already been let for 2014/2015. Here are just a few of our favourite available properties – feel free to have a browse, and don’t hesitate to contact us if a house takes your fancy. These properties are sure to go fast, so get in touch before Christmas to ensure you end up with a dream house for you and your friends next year!

Liverpool – 28 Connaught Road

We love this 5 bedroom property in Kensington, Liverpool. Renovated to Mistoria’s Platinum Standard, this student house has 5 beautifully decorated bedrooms, plus a bright open-plan kitchen/living room, complete with plasma TV and iPod docking station. Two bathrooms means no squabbling over the shower in the morning and as if that isn’t enough, all bills are included! Click here to view more.

student property Liverpool bedroom   student property Liverpool living room

Salford – 1 Duncan Street

This 10 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, whether a double or an en suite, 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? Why not get in touch…

student property Salford bedroom   student property Salford bathroom

Preston – 6 Balcarres Road

Studying in Preston? We may have just the property for you! This 4 bedroom property is tastefully decorated and beautifully laid out, with an open-plan kitchen/living room and four great sized bedrooms. This house was recently renovated, meaning everything is in top condition – including a top spec plasma TV! This is a very unique property, perfect for those looking for a student house with a bit of extra character. Take a look here to find out more or to arrange a viewing.

student property Preston bedroom   student property Preston kitchen

At Mistoria, we pride ourselves on our exceptionally high standards, and we think our properties reflect this. All our houses are decked out 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, take a look at our website. 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 download our student property guide for advice on how to house-hunt, check-lists for moving in and out, and other top tips!

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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.

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Mistoria Estate Agents ‘Guide to your First Student House’

Student Property GuideSo, you’ve got your results and you’re definitely off to uni in September.  Exciting times ahead but have you got your accommodation sorted yet?

With A-Level results now out, many of you will be confirming university places and looking for suitable student halls and houses.

If you find yourself going through the clearing process and suddenly going to a different university in a different city to the one you’ve planned, you might well be panicking about where you’re going to be living.  Enter Mistoria Estate Agents.

Our handy ‘Guide to your First Student House’ can help save you time and money on the daunting process of finding student accommodation that is right for you.

Covering the main dos and don’ts, this free student property guide covers the key points you need to think about when renting your first student home.

 

Download our Guide to your First Student House