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.
With water, gas and electric bills increasing year on year, we prefer to offer “All Inclusive” bills in our student housing.
You may be more accustomed to hearing the phrase ‘all inclusive’ when it comes holidays. The price you pay will include your flight, hotel, food, drink and activities. Our all inclusive student housing works along the same principles, but instead of two weeks by the beach your monthly rental payment will include your accommodation, utility bills, broadband, rental of white goods such as your washing machine and dishwasher, fixtures and fittings and some electrical goods like a plasma TV.
The all inclusive rent option is ideal for student housing. It’s a straightforward and less complicated way of paying. For most of our student tenants this is their first time away from home and the hassle and responsibility of paying and keeping up with bills can be somewhat overwhelming. It also prevents any unnecessary falling out with fellow housemates when it comes to dividing the bills.
At Mistoria Estate Agents we believe our all inclusive rents are transparent and give you the peace of mind that there will be no hidden costs.
All inclusive rents are also appealing to landlords as they have the reassurance that there will be no outstanding bills at the end of a tenancy. It also helps retain good tenants, many are unlikely to move to a different property where they have to organise their own bill payments and keep track of how much they owe each month.
David Cox, senior policy officer at the National Landlords Association says,
“All-inclusive rents can be very appealing to tenants, so landlords who offer these can have the edge over those who don’t. Students prefer all-inclusive rents as these reduce the number of things to worry about when they move in to their first rental property.”
The period after the winter break is a notoriously busy time for students. The hours of study and revision and the tension and nerves generated by impending exams are increased by the pressure to find the best student accommodation for the next academic year. But when it comes to finding a good house, sooner is always better.
Luckily, we’re here to take some of that stress away.
As an evolving letting agency, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve our service and the property search experience for our customers. It’s widely acknowledged that images are processed much quicker words, and so we have added a map search facility to our website. We hope the new visual feature will make finding your ideal Mistoria property a much easier and more efficient process.
Launched just in time for the busy post-Christmas rush, the tool should enable our student searchers to make fast decisions about which houses they want to view. By plotting our properties on a map, the user is able to search an area and get accurate location information at the touch of a button, helping them to choose the most suitable student house according to their requirements.
So far we have added two maps; one shows our available student properties in Liverpool, the other, student accommodation in Salford and the surrounding areas.
Both maps can be found under the About Us drop down menu in the main navigation bar of our website. We hope you find this new tool helpful but if you need more help to find a convenient room or house to rent in the Salford or the Liverpool area, contact one of our agents on 0800 500 3015 or via our website. We’ll be happy to help you.
The term is coming to a close. It’s time to finish off half-written coursework, pack up your dirty laundry and travel home for the Christmas holidays – at last!
To those currently living in a Mistoria student house, we hope you’ve had a pleasant first term and are enjoying your stay in our property. Make sure everything is locked up while you’re away, and be sure to check out our tips for keeping your student house safe over the Christmas holiday. We look forward to seeing you again after your much deserved break!
We’d also like to extend a big thank you to those who have recently put down a deposit for a student house with us for the next academic year – have a happy new year and we’ll see you in 2014. If you’re still looking for next year’s digs, why not check out our available properties and give us a call on 0800 500 3015 – we’d love to have you with us next Christmas!
On behalf of everyone at Mistoria Estate Agents, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – eat, drink and be merry! See you next year.