For most students, university is the first time they move away from home. This means fending for themselves and potentially living with complete strangers for a whole year. As a result, for many, university is a daunting prospect not helped by the pressure of financial independence. The university already has things in place to make the move as easy and stress-free as possible including an RGU Freshers page to help students with meet people with similar interests or on the same course meet before they move, as well as advertising upcoming events that will take place once they move in; as well an accommodation page that allows students to find their flatmates once they have been confirmed a place at the university.
Whilst most people move into university halls for first year, some choose to move out of halls after first year and find their own private flat to call home. With all kinds of accommodation to consider, it’s often hard to find the right place to stay but with RGU:Union releasing the new ‘Live Right Campaign’, this task should become easier for students. With university halls being maintained by the university or trusted third party organisations, they are well maintained and trustworthy. However, with over 10 sites on offer, each with their own merits, it can be a challenging task to find the right halls for you. With this new campaign, there are three main features; ratings, advice and events.
The ratings section features ratings for student accommodation, allowing other students to critique their experience in halls. With the university website featuring basic and general information on each of the options, which is most often presented to only show the positive sides to each of the halls, sometimes the most useful information can come directly from other students who have previously lived here, which can often prove the most honest kind of information, proving most useful for prospective students, helping them make the most informed decision.
However, finding private housing can prove even more challenging, with flats that aren’t necessarily designed with students need in mind, and untrustworthy landlords. With this in mind, the campaign also features a section on private housing providing students with reviews and ratings on where to look and where to avoid when it comes to looking for private accommodation, to avoid mouldy ceilings and a cold shower!
The website also offers advice on looking for housing to help find landlords with your best interests at heart.
Perhaps most useful of all is the events section, featuring events taking place to help students find the right place to stay. This includes the ‘Live Right Housing Fair’, which features a selection of stalls from a wide range of organisations including; estate agencies, energy suppliers, deposit schemes and student accommodation suppliers and charities all aimed at helping students find affordable and safe accommodation that is suitable for their needs.
To find out more about the RGU campaign visit: https://www.rguunion.co.uk/about/campaigns/liveright