ACCOMMODATION
WE’RE STUDENTS WHO CARE THAT STUDENT ACCOMMODATION IS THE HOME FROM HOME EVERYONE DESERVES. IF YOU’RE ALSO PASSIONATE ABOUT ACCOMMODATION AND HAVING CONVERSATIONS WITH THE WIDER STUDENT COMMUNITY, JOIN THE CONVERSATION HERE.

THINGS WE’RE WORKING ON

 

 

Moving off campus for the first time is a pretty big deal, especially if it's your first time renting. You told us that you'd like some guidance in what to look out for, how to choose a place and how to find housemates. We're going to create a website and spread the word far and wide to help prepare you for living off campus, including advice and support in finding housemates.

Worked with SU homes and SU Advice to gather expert advice on first time renting.
Achieved in Dec 2018
Students who have rented submitted their advice. Filming of these students took place.
Achieved in Dec 2018
Achieved on 9th Jan 2019
Posting out tips and advice on living off campus on Essex SU social media.
Scheduled for Mid Jan 2019
Guide to living off campus booklets sent to towers.
Scheduled for Feb 2019
Students who have rented submitted their advice. Filming of these students took place.
Scheduled for Late Term 2
 

Asha Ali

Sabb working on this project, Email me

Moving out your place is pretty stressful. It's even more stressful if your landlord or estate agent is contacting you about deposits and agreements and you aren't sure of your rights.

We'll help you navigate your rights and obligations as a tenant, and if things get tough we'll represent and support you, whether you rent through SU homes or not.

Service and guidance to be in place - planning has commenced
To be done by the end of Term 2
 

Asha Ali

Sabb working on this project, Email me

We're creating an accommodation comparison website, led by you.

Students say it how it is- no fluff, no exaggeration, just honest reviews on places you might be looking to live in, so you can make the best decision for your new home.

Research tells us a platform like this already exists.
Achieved in Dec 2018
Feasibility study- working out whether we want to use the pre-existing platform, or create our own, bespoke SU website.
Scheduled for Jan 2019
Building the website.
Scheduled for Term 2 & 3
Website to be launched.
Achieved at 28th Oct 2018
 

Asha Ali

Sabb working on this project, Email me

There's a ton of stuff that Is a bit confusing when you first start at uni. There's a bunch of stuff that you have to try and figure out in your first few weeks. How much does the laundrette cost? What is on campus rent spent on? What am I getting for my money?

We're on a mission to make starting uni a bit less complicated by providing you straight, factual answers on the questions most freshers find themselves asking.

Will be reviewing communication that first years receive about accommodation
Scheduled for Jan 2019
Creating easy to access communication which makes it clear about unexpected hidden costs and where on campus rent money goes.
Scheduled for Term 2
Communication to go out to incoming first years.
Scheduled for Term 3
 

Asha Ali

Sabb working on this project, Email me