Student Accommodation Lancaster – Everything You Need To Know

Student Accommodation Lancaster

Hunting for the best student accommodation in Lancaster? Thinking about your rent costs? Planning your student budget for the year? Wondering what to do when you arrive? Planning how to get around? The answers to all these mysteries and more are right here in this guide to being a student in Lancaster.

Lancaster, the county town of Lancashire, only houses around 50,000 residents. But 15,665 of those residents are students enrolled at Lancaster University (and the less populated University of Cumbira’s Lancaster campus), making it quite a lively, student-orientated town.

The term-time carnage caused by the students is a continuation of the city’s anarchic history which begins 2000 years with the Romans. Visiting the ruins of the forts remains a popular attraction for students and visitors alike. In the medieval period, it was famous for the Pendle witch trials – a witch hunt which is now (somewhat questionably) the namesake of the Uni’s Pendle College. In the 15th century,

Lancaster fought a bloody war with York in the War of the Roses, the name of which is now used for the ongoing equally fierce sports rivalry between the two cities’ Universities. So whilst the beautiful, old architecture and pretty, little paths through the city may seem at stark contrast with the hordes of drunk students, think again.

Some say there are more pubs per square mile than anywhere else – but this claim remains untested. Certainly, though, pubs, bars and restaurants are plentiful.

The ‘Coffee Quarter’ has some of the best coffee shops the UK has to offer – ‘The Hall Cafe’ was recently awarded the country’s best flat white. There’s high-street shopping on Penny Street, St. Nic’s Arcade, museums, theatre, art galleries, and Lancaster Castle towering above it all against a backdrop of the Conniston Peaks in the Lake District.

What Different Types Of Student Accommodation in Lancaster Are There?

There are a few different types of accommodation, and, naturally, what you need will depend on your social and financial requirements. These are the types typically listed when people are advertising student accommodation in Lancaster:

Student Halls

Standard issue for first years, especially in Lancaster. These are owned by the university colleges, and so applying and paying is all done via the university services. There are also private students halls in Lancaster, mostly aimed at Cumbria students.

There is a range of options, encompassing bathroom set-up and catering services. Private halls often also include extra amenities like a gym and cinema lounge. Sometimes student halls are just rows of rooms with a common area, or clusters of flats with a shared kitchen.

Student Studio

This will include one bedroom, one kitchen, and one private bathroom – including a toilet and shower. It’s likely there will also be a living space, but this may be part of your kitchen/bedroom. You could have this all to yourself, or share with a partner or friend. It’s all entirely self-contained and private.

Student House

Many students choose this option after first year, with a shared tenancy agreement in a house with multiple bedrooms. You may have one or more shared bathrooms, or ensuite bedrooms.


This term simply refers to a bedroom joined to a private bathroom.

University-Owned Student Halls

Lancaster is a campus-based university, and as such most of its first year undergrad students live on campus. So, if you’re a first year – unless you really want to live in the city, or with particular people in shared accommodation, you’re going to be living on campus in one of the university owned halls.

Luckily for you, Lancaster’s accommodation has been awarded ‘Best University Halls’ eight times since 2010 by the UK’s National Student Housing Awards.

Everything you need to know about your university-owned halls is here. The accommodation you get will depend on which of the nine colleges you end up in, which divide the university into smaller communities. In order of the weirdness of their logo, these are: Pendle, Furness, Graduate, Grizedale, Bowland, Cartmel, Lonsdale, Flyde, County.

All accommodation is located within them. Most of the rooms are ensuite but there are also cheaper, shared bathroom options. There’s also on-campus townhouses and self-contained studios. All in-bound first years are guaranteed a room on campus.

What Are The Best Private Student Halls In Lancaster?

If you’re a student at the University of Cumbria studying in the Lancaster campus, though there are some halls owned by your university, you may well end up requiring private halls. Second and third year undergrads as well as postgrads are also likely candidates for private halls.

There are quite a few providers of private halls in Lancaster. CityBlock owns Gillows, Penny Street and Marton Street, all three of which seem to have premium, modern furnishing and are within a few minutes walk from the city centre. Hello Student have three premium properties on Penny Street, around a mile from UoC. CRM Students own city-centre properties, Luneside and Damside.

Based on our own research, Leonard’s House and Caton Court seem like two of the best Student Halls in

St Leonard’s House

Based in the centre of town, right by the St. Nicholas Arcade Shopping Centre, and of course, with all of central Lancaster’s pubs and restaurants at your fingertips, St. Leonard’s is in a great location. It’s a 20 minute bus to Lancaster Uni campus and a 20 minute walk to the Uni of Cumbria.

There’s a choice of either ensuite rooms in cluster flats or studio flats to choose from. The former is better for a more social experience – each flat has a shared kitchen and living space. The latter is better suited to more independent living – the premium studio flats are perfectly self-contained with an ensuite bathroom and a small kitchen. All rooms are furnished with high standard stuff and include a bed, plenty of storage space and a study area with a desk and chair.

There’s quick, 125Mbps WiFi, a resident-only gym, a common room, a games room, a shared dining room and laundry services. And it’s approved by Lancaster University.

Caton Court

Only a tad more North East of the centre than St Leonard’s House, Caton Court is similarly distanced to the two Unis and central amenities. There’s a Sainsbury’s nearby and the (in)famous Sugarhouse nightclub is just down the road.

Opened by Aparto just a few years ago, this brand-new, stylish place has been designed for a social experience. There’s a games room, a lounge, a study area, a gym, a courtyard and even a Sky Lounge on the 11th floor, offering panoramic views of Lancaster. Free wifi and laundry services are also thrown in.

How Much Will Student Accommodation in Lancaster Cost?

The weekly rent for a room in Lancaster with a private shower and toilet ranges from £129-152, whilst those with shared shower and toilet range from £93-123.

The university-owned collegiate halls will cost around £147- £198 per week if you choose catered, depending on what kind of room and bathroom facilities you have. For self-catered, you’re looking at £95- £155 per week. All university halls come with bills included, and free contents insurance. You can find out everything you need to know about costs from the official Lancaster Uni site.

According to the Lancaster Student Union, average rent for a house in Lancaster in 2019/20 was £95 per
tenant per week, including bills.

What Are The Best Areas For Renting A Student House in Lancaster?


A popular student area just South East of the centre, Bowerham is choice for those who don’t want the busyness of town on their doorstep. You’re just a short walk down Bowerham Road away from town, and yet it’s quiet and spacious. You’re also conveniently close to Williamson Park for a nice jog to burn off all those cheap, local takeaways which are in abundance in the area. Being further South than the city, you’re also closer to the Lancaster University buildings.

Lancaster Town

As you’d expect, living within the centre of the city provides a student with anything they might need within a few minutes walk. There’s the full smorgasbord of supermarkets: Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Lidl or and M&S for the posher students. There’s a bus stop on almost every street, and it’s simple enough to get to Lancaster University (see the next section).

All of Lancaster’s nightlife is located all within a less-than-two-mile radius, so you could literally crawl from pub to pub if you so wish. When it’s time to go home, there’s no need for a bus or a taxi, just stagger down the road and you’re in your bed.

Some students also live on the outskirts of Town, and especially in between Bowerham and Town. Here you’ll find similar benefits for less of the cost.

What’s The Best Way to Get Around in Lancaster?


Pedalling for 20 minutes will take you from the city centre to campus if you stick to the signposted University cycle route, which is traffic-free from Hala to Bailrigg Lane. At Bailrigg Lane, alternative paths lead to North Campus. Alternatively, you can take the traffic-free route along the Canal from the city centre. Most colleges have secure bike storage and sheltered cycle stands are available across campus.


The number 1 and 2 double-decker buses run to Lancaster University (in Bailrigg) every 10 and 15 minutes respectively. The 4, 41 and 42 and 100 also take you there at less frequent intervals, and these run through Bowerham too. Going to Fairfield and further south, you’ll require the 147. It generally takes about 25 minutes from town, and 20 from Bowerham to get to Campus by bus. A single ticket will cost you about £1.65 to campus.

How Much Does Student Life in Lancaster Cost?

All-in for a year as an undergrad, the university estimates you will need about £9,400 which includes a modest budget for entertainment, and all your necessities from rent and food to clothes and a TV License. Given the extra weeks of study, this figure rises to £12,300 for postgrads. Don’t let student bills in Lancaster get you down, though. Check out our guide to reducing costs here.

Nightlife & Culture

Lancaster’s densely-packed nightlife is usually all-guns-blazing with regular live music and themed events amongst the many pubs, bars and clubs all through the Georgian streets. The Sugar House, the Student Union owned club, is the quintessential night out for Lancs students where memories are made and lost in rapid succession. The SU plans to rename the club (due to it’s colonial connotations) so look out for that. Besides that, there’s Revolution Lancaster, Elements, Hustle, The Friary, Lounge & The Dalton Rooms, which are all fan favourites.

If you’d rather sip a Cortado than neck a VK, the city’s coffee quarter has some of the best coffee in the country. You can smell the aroma drifting down China Street on a walk through town.

There’s theatre – The Dukes and The Grand, and a cinema on campus.

As a student there you’ll be surrounded by nature – walk up to Lancaster Castle or catch a train to Morecambe Bay to relax by the beach.

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Student Accommodation Manchester – Everything You Need To Know

Student Accommodation Manchester

If you’re hunting for student accommodation in Manchester, thinking about your costs, wondering what to do when you arrive, or planning how to get around – this guide to being a student in Manchester has got you covered.

There are more than 100,000 students enrolled across the region’s six colleges: The University of Manchester, University of Salford, University of Bolton, University Academy, Manchester Metropolitan University, and The Royal Northern College of Music.

The city is highly oriented towards students as you’ll see below, but it’s also an international cultural hotspot. Here you’ll find the Whitworth Gallery, The Lowry, and the Royal Exchange Theatre; and a scene that birthed the likes of Oasis, Joy Division and The Smiths.

Home to two of the world’s biggest sports clubs – Man Utd and Man City and their respective colossal stadiums, Old Trafford and The Etihad – it’s also a city with rich sporting history. It’s no surprise, then, that the National Museum of Football is located here too.

With activities from shopping at The Trafford Centre to dining and drinking at The Printworks, there’s really nothing that Manchester can’t provide.

What Different Types Of Student Accommodation in Manchester Are There?

There are several basic types of student accommodation in Manchester, and the type you’ll need will depend on your specific circumstances. Here is what’s typically listed when people advertise student accommodation:

Student Halls: The typical first-year option but also popular for postgrads and the odd student in their second and third year of their undergraduate degree. These can be owned by the university themselves, where application and payment for them go through the university services, or they are owned privately. There is a wide range of options and prices, depending on whether you have an ensuite, there are shared living spaces, and if there is catering. Private halls may also include luxuries like gyms and cinema rooms – all for a price, of course. Sometimes student halls are just rows of rooms with a common area, or like flats with a shared kitchen.

If you want to leave home but don’t really want to leave home, then catered, uni-provided halls are probably best for you. They’re also usually on or close to campus and very sociable places, both of which you will probably want if you’re trying out independence for the first time.

Studio: A studio flat or apartment will include one bedroom, a kitchen, and a private bathroom – including a toilet and shower. It’s likely there will also be a living space. You could have this all to yourself, or share with a partner or friend. It’s all entirely self-contained and private.

House: Not much need for explanation. Many students choose this option, living in a shared tenancy agreement in a house with multiple bedrooms. The rooms may be ensuite or have one or more shared bathrooms. Check the listing closely to see what is actually on offer.

Room in a house share: In certain cases, there is a house with separate tenancy agreements for the residents. Perhaps one room in a student house is being sublet or there is already a group of students living there with a spare room.

Ensuite: Whether within a shared flat or student halls, this refers to simply a private bedroom joined to a private bathroom. All other areas, including the kitchen and living area, will be shared with others.

What Are The Best Private Student Halls In Manchester?

If you’re set living in the uni-owned halls, click here for more information on those owned by The University of Manchester; and click here for Manchester Metropolitan University. They’re very sociable places, usually well-located for lecture commutes, and they will provide the classic ‘uni experience’.

Of course, the classic ‘uni experience’ often includes brown, 70’s-style curtains, carpets soaked in several generations of puke, and prison food catering. Not all halls are like this but if you’re not feeling that vibe, then you’re going to want to go private. Naturally, these are usually a little pricier, but well worth it in other respects. To be sure, not all private halls are created equally – you will find private halls that do offer carpet puke with all the trimmings. So here we will provide some halls we can vouch for.

There are quite a few providers of private student halls in Manchester – the biggest three are ‘dwell’, ‘UNITE’, and ‘iQ’, and they’re quite similar besides stylised capitalisation. There are many different buildings, so it’s hard to cover them all here. However, we tend to hear decent things from students about these halls: River Street Tower, Daisybank Villas, Rosamond House, iQ Daisy Bank, Dwell Student Village (Manchester Student Village) iQ Lambert & Fairfield House, iQ Warehouse Two, Daisybank Villas, and Vita Student Circle Square.

We will shine a spotlight on a few of our favorites. Again, your preferences are key so don’t take our word before first seeing if these places meet your specific needs, and be sure to check their cancellation policies before booking.

Park View:

Being just a 15-20 minute walk from both The University of Manchester and Manchester Met, right next to a high street with bars, restaurants, and supermarkets, and a short bus ride from the center, it’s in a pretty convenient location.

All rooms are ensuite, so peaceful toilet time is guaranteed, and you can choose between premium or standard. The rooms are divided into blocks of flats, each with a shared kitchen including breakfast bar and stools, and a modern living area set up with a TV. The rooms are modern, nicely furnished, and have sufficient space for work, storage and relaxation.

There’s a common room with Sky TV, an outdoor courtyard, on-site laundry, bike storage, parking, and quick WiFi throughout. Most reviews say the property is well-managed by friendly, helpful staff.

Student rooms start at £141 per week.

Denmark Road

Named after the road it is located on, two minutes from Oxford Road – home of UoM and MMU – only 20 minutes walk from the city centre, and five from the nearest supermarket, it couldn’t be better placed.

The building consists of blocks of five or six new and stylishly furnished en-suite bedroom flats, each with a shared kitchen and common room. All beds are doubles and ensuites. You can pick either a standard and large room.

There’s social areas for the whole building with a pool table, TV, sofas and vending machines. Facilities include laundry, speedy WiFi throughout, and contents insurance.

Apparently, the social scene isn’t so lively, but if that doesn’t bother you, then this is a great place to be.

Rooms start at £159 per week.

iQ Kerria Apartments

A 10-minute walk from the UoM campus and an 18-minute walk from MMU, this property is in a similarly good location to the others for trekking to uni. Being in the city center, it has all the location advantages you could imagine – food, shops, bars, everything.

They’re also the best designed on the list, with double beds, spacious, naturally-lit rooms, and sleek, modern furniture. There are lots of configurations to choose from.

Perks of the building include a study space, socialising area with a TV and ping-pong table, and an onsite gym. Laundry facilities, WiFi, contents insurance, parking and bike storage all come included.

All this comes at cost, of course, with rooms starting at £210 per week.

How Much Will Student Accommodation in Manchester Cost?

Most places will allow payment in instalments, rather than an annual lump sum. This will usually require you to have a guarantor – an adult based in the UK who could pay this for you.

On average, for student accommodation in Manchester, rent costs £188 per week. The average ensuite price is £163 per week, whilst the shared room average £216 per week, and for studio apartments, £240 per week.

Can I Share Accommodation With A Friend Or Partner?

Yes, as a lot of student halls have ‘dual occupancy’ options. Whilst this is usually for a little extra, or free, some halls charge per person, so watch out for that.

What Are The Best Areas For Renting A Student House in Manchester?


Just south of the city center lies the biggest student hub in Manchester, with thousands of students in many halls of residence and student houses.

It’s just a kick of a pebble from the UoM campus, not too far from MMU, and a 30-minute walk from town – ideal location-wise. Though you need not travel to the center to get great bars, food spots and shops, as Fallowfield has all this – especially those aimed at students. Think £1 shots and kebabs.

Given the student-centricity, the rent is as cheap as the kebabs and the shots. The housing quality might be lacking at times, but there’s plenty of green spaces you will find littered with students on a sunny day.


Just a little further south is Withington. Slightly less rowdy but still popular with students, it offers good access to everything you need, it’s still in close range to the uni buildings but has a bit more space from the dense student atmosphere of Fallowfield. Perhaps a good call to rent a student house in Manchester here if you’re a postgrad or more studious undergrad.


Once a little dilapidated, now mostly regenerated and gentrified, the housing quality and pricing vary greatly in this area. This may be by the wayside, though, for MMU students, who will find it most convenient to live here given its proximity to the campus. It’s also a quick, 20-minute walk to the center, which is good because it’s not the best for nightlife. Here you are more likely to find art centre’s and vegan cafes, which suits some.

What’s The Best Way to Get Around in Manchester?


The bike is a student-favourite in Manchester due to the plentiful cycle paths running across the city and its cheap cost. A good way to burn off those pints too.


The Magic 147 provides free riding for all UoM students between Sackville Street and Oxford Road on the campus. It runs every ten minutes throughout the week. Outside of this area, a single costs just £1.50, or £4.00 for a day-rider.

To get the Fairfield and further south, the 147 is the bus you need.


Manchester’s Metrolink is easy and convenient and runs frequently between Altrincham and Rochdale, as well as East Didsbury and Ashton-Under-Lyne. You can also take it to The Lowry and the Trafford Centre.

How Much Does Student Life in Manchester Cost?

According to UoM, you’re likely to need just under £10k as an undergrad for all term-time in Manchester. This includes £5k for (self-catered) accommodation, £1.5k for food, £450 for transport, and about £2.5k for £60 per week on books, mobile bills, social spending, and clothes.

This makes it one of the cheapest cities in the UK for students – if you needed yet another reason to go here.

Nightlife and Culture

For bars and clubs that won’t burn a hole in your pocket – Turtle Bay offers 2-1 cocktails every day from 9.30 till close; the aptly named Dive has happy hour from 5 pm to midnight; Walrus offers two beers for a fiver and a bottle of wine for a tenner at select hours. ?Fifth Ave’ is a student staple with regular themed nights, £1 entry, and 90p drinks.

For a different night out, there’s Black Dog Ballroom that has pool tables open till 5 am, Twenty Twenty Two with cheap drinks and ping-pong tables, and live laughs at The Comedy Store.

For gigs, Band on the Wall, The Warehouse Project, Night and Day, and O2 Ritz are always promising a range of live talent.

When it comes to art and culture, there’s the internationally renowned National Football Museum and The Lowry.

So there you have it – everything you need to know as a student in Manchester. Best of luck on your journey to independence.

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Student Accommodation Liverpool – Everything you need to know

Liverpool Student Accommodation

If your looking for student accommodation in Liverpool or just planning to study in Liverpool, then in this guide we’ll cover everything you need to know about studying in Liverpool and finding student accommodation in Liverpool

With a student population of roughly 60,000 young men and women enrolled in five different universities and colleges – The University of Liverpool (UoL), City of Liverpool College, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool John Moores University, and The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts – the Merseyside Metropolitan is a non-stop student party. It’s the home of two giant Premier League Clubs, one of them the recent champions, and their massive stadiums – Anfield and Goodison. Of course, it is also world-renowned as being the birthplace of modern popular culture, thanks to the greatest band of all time, Atomic Kitten.

It’s the fifth biggest city in the UK, boasting dizzying amounts of museums, art galleries, and historical sites – including, The Atomic Kitten Beatles Story Exhibition, The Museum of Liverpool, The British Music Experience, and The World Museum. The whole town is peppered with great bars and restaurants for all your student needs- both cheap pints and fancy cocktails – many of which are located along the riotous Matthew Street. When you need a rest from it all you can sit and watch the glimmering waters at the Royal Albert Docks or chill and have a picnic at the much-loved Sefton Park. Of course, you’ll probably cover all this in your first week there.

In this guide, you will find all you need to know about Liverpool student accommodation – both student halls and student houses. We will also cover living costs, transport links, and some essential Liverpool nightlife.

Student Accommodation In Liverpool?

Liverpool students have given good reviews to a number of halls across Liverpool, but of the forty or so options available, particularly good things have been said about St. Lukes View, Horizon Heights, Albert Court, St. Andrew’s Gardens student halls.

The three below – Vine Court, Fontenoy Apartments, and Grand Central – are our pick of the best of the best. Of course, what’s best for you will depend on your personal circumstances and needs.

Vine Court

Vine Court is simple and modern and a better-than-average option for undergrads. There is a choice of both catered or self-catered. The catered option provides cooked breakfast, a three-course dinner and some all-day offerings too.

It’s in and amongst the University of Liverpool buildings, so you’re unlikely to be too late to your lectures. There’s also a handy Tesco Express just across the road – great for all your pre-drink needs.

Rooms start at £171 per week.

Fontenoy Apartments

This is brand-new, premium, beautifully designed accommodation. There’s a flat-screen 32” TV standard in every room, a cinema room, and a gym – so we need not list the amenities that would come in student halls without these luxuries.

It’s also pretty central, with lots of bars close by, given it’s just ten minutes from Mathew Street. The most basic room there is a full studio for £154 per person per week. Not a bad option if you’re a postgrad with scholarship funding.

Grand Central

Grand Central is in a top-notch city-centre location: bang in the middle of the action, adjacent to Liverpool Lime Street station. From here you can walk to The University of Liverpool campus in ten minutes and LMJU in just eight. It’s also surrounded by supermarkets, shops and bars and pretty much everything you could expect from being so central.

They have options ranging from shared bathroom to en-suite to full-on studio apartments at a range of prices. The cheapest option is a shared bathroom flat for £101 per week, but you could have a very comfortable self-contained studio for £149. Of course, all the single rooms come with a shared kitchen area at the dispense of the three to six people on your floor.

It’s pretty modern in its furnishing and design for the most part, and features a common room with all the essentials – seating, vending machines, ping pong and pool.

These halls are mostly for undergraduates. Take heed, postgrads, you don’t want to be typing your dissertation surrounded by a bunch of rowdy freshers.

How Much Will Student Accommodation in Liverpool Cost?

On average, student accommodation Liverpool costs £152 per week. For an en-suite, it’s £129 per week and
for Studios Apartments, £181 per week.

Most properties will permit payment in instalments, rather than a lump sum for the year. This will typically
require you to have a guarantor – a UK-based adult who could pay this for you.

Can I Share Accommodation With A Friend Or Partner?

Yep, many halls of residence have options for dual occupancy’. Whilst many have this option for only a
little extra, or for free, other halls charge per person, so watch out for that catch.

What Are The Best Areas For Renting A Student House in Liverpool?

The Baltic Triangle

Bursting with both modern culture and a rich history, The Baltic Triangle is well-established as the’ place for young, cool, creative people in Liverpool. Just a short walk outside the city centre, it’s packed with shops, bars, restaurants and venues of all kinds. Many of the buildings are refurbished 18th-century warehouses that make for hipster havens and cavernous club venues. Despite all this, students of all budgets pitch their tents here, as the rent is pretty affordable. Indeed, the students certainly add to the culture here – for every bougie coffee shop there’s incredible street-art and a skate park to boot.

City Centre

Not too much needs to be said about this. A fair few students enjoy living in the centre and having everything on their doorstep – both amenities and university buildings. It’s obviously very well connected to other areas via bus routes and close to the train station. The stand-out Bold Street has rows of bars, restaurants and all the entertainment you could imagine. Naturally, the rent prices are the highest in the city, but if you can make it work, why not?


Boasting bars with £1 pint nights, tons of student discounts, and a takeaway on every corner with cracking deals, Wavertree is the archetypical student land. It is also home to Smithdown Road, an area known for its infamous pub crawl and the yearly Smithdown Road Festival, where local bars host almost hundreds of bands. Here, just south of the city centre, you will find an Aldi and an ASDA for your cheap groceries. The rent is also very student-friendly, and you will be surrounded by other students living here too. A twenty minute bus will take you to most Uni buildings and central Liverpool.


Home to Paul McCartney Way, Ringo Starr Drive and John Lennon Drive, Kensington is where The Beatles first began to record their music together. Who wouldn’t want one of those addresses? Despite its historical and cultural significance, it remains a down-to-earth inner-city area with twelve percent of its population as students. Given its proximity to the Knowledge Quarter, it’s a pretty convenient place to hang your hat if you’re a student of one of the universities. There’s sufficient supermarkets, local shops and newsagents and the rent is one of the cheapest in Liverpool. It’s also home to the Victorian Newsham Park which was originally intended to be a model of Manhattan’s Central Park. Not long ago the lakes were closed due to toxic blue algae, but that’s just part of its charm.

What’s The Best Way to Get Around Liverpool?


Mersey rail trains run throughout the day across 68 stations in and around Liverpool. With 4 city centre underground stations, it’s pretty easy to nip across the centre.

A term-time pass’ will give you unlimited travel during term time only from £115.90. Purchase here.


A favourite of Liverpool’s student populace, the bike is the go-to option for many due to its almost non-existent running cost, and the city’s compact nature and regular bike lanes.


It’s environmentally friendly, convenient, relatively cheap and riding the 699 is a student rite of passage. There are two main city centre bus terminals: Queen Square and Liverpool ONE.

If you’re a UoL student, you can get an Arriva bus pass that’ll last you the full academic year for only £320 that will permit you unlimited travel on any of their busses. A single will cost you about £1.80.


There’s always Uber, but failing that there’s rarely a shortage of taxis in the area. A major taxi rank can be found just outside of Liverpool Lime Street Station. Of course, you can always give Com Cabs a ring to pre-book your ride to the club.

How Much Does Student Life in Liverpool Cost?

You will need between £8,500 and £10,500 per academic year for your daily living expenses including accommodation, food and local travel. This comes to about £900 per month – making it arguably the cheapest of the major cities for student life.

And this is what you’re getting for your money (at the cost of that 9 AM lecture of course):

What are the Best Bars and Clubs in Liverpool?

The Cavern – A tourist hotspot for being one of the starting venues of The Beatles, but well worth the odd

The Blue Angel aka The Raz – The old jazz and rock venue has been a student cesspit since long before you
were born. An unavoidable night out as a student.

The Bierkeller – A staple venue for having one too many pints. Expect table dancing, live music, and leaving
with a beer-stained shirt.

Popworld – The corny spot your less cool friends will inevitably drag you to, but you secretly enjoy.

ArCains – An arcade combined with a bar. A really novel, fun night out with great fast food and craft beers,
located in the heart of The Baltic Triangle.

Modo – Double vodka mixer for £3.50. Huge garden smoking area. Big TVs for Liverpool and Everton

Salt Dog Slims – A cosy, tastefully dilapidated Americana-style bar with a pool table. They serve quality
beer, cocktails, and great American night-out food. A secret gem of a party bar.

I’m sure by now you’re convinced that you’ve chosen a great city for university. It’s cheap, big, and rich in
culture. There’s plenty of brilliant places to call your student home Liverpool. Now just get some Wayne
Rooney interviews up on YouTube so you can practice deciphering that scouse accent and you’re all set to

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Student TV Licence – Everything you need to know about UK TV Licence


Student TV Licence

If you’re a student who’s wondering about whether they need a TV Licence, how much it costs and, of course, if it’s possible to  get away without buying one, you’ve come to the right place. Here you will find all the information you need, including the much-coveted Student TV Licence loophole.


The Questions We’ll be Answering:

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Do Students Have to Buy a TV Licence?

Unfortunately, yes, there are no exemptions for students. There’s no free Student TV Licence, University TV Licence, nor a student discount available on UNiDAYS.

You can enjoy your student bank account, 16-25 Railcard, and your discounts at literally every high street and online store, but annoyingly, The TV Licence is, if you choose to buy one, another cost on your student bills list.

Legally your supposed to have a TV Licence When:

  • Watching or recording programmes shown live on TV on any channel
  • Watching or streaming programmes live on any platform – including but not limited to All 4, ITV Hub, Amazon Prime Video, Now TV, Sky Go and YouTube
  • Using iPlayer at all – all features including live, catch up and on-demand

You may have noticed that you don’t need a licence for any on-demand viewing, on any platform, except BBC iPlayer. So you can binge away on any non-BBC content as long as it’s not live.

How Much Does a TV Licence Cost?

It currently costs £159 per year for a colour TV Licence – or if you’re totally broke, or an insufferable hipster, you can pay £53.50 for a black and white licence. This is seriously an option. Apparently, there are still around 6000 black and white licences active in the UK.

If you suffer from blindness or have severely impaired eyesight, you only have to pay a concession price of £79.50, which makes a lot of sense. Although instead of getting reduced fees, maybe you should be paying more for the pleasure of never having to properly watch an episode of The Only Way is Essex and view a never ending barrage of trout-pouts!

Remember that you have to renew it 12 months from the date you bought it.

I know, student bills suck, but at least this one can be split between all your housemates. You can also pay in quarterly fees to break up the cost. There is, however, a £5 surcharge for doing this.

Do you need a TV Licence if you’re renting a Student Spare Room or sharing a Student Home?

Basically, you need one licence per tenancy agreement.

So, if you live in a shared student home, with each housemates names on one tenancy agreement, you only need one licence to cover the whole property.

If you live in a shared home or rent a spare student room in a property, with your own tenancy agreement, you’ll need your own TV licence. This also applies to lodgers or anyone paying rent separately from others in the property.

Do I need a TV Licence if I’m in Student Halls?

No – if your parents home (or whatever your out-of-term address is) has a TV Licence, then you are covered by them as long as you don’t use devices powered directly from the mains or connected to an aerial. So portable devices and laptops are covered.

Your student halls will likely have a licence that covers common rooms and other communal areas but if
you want to watch The Chase in your room instead of going to lectures, and your out-of-term address
doesn’t have a licence, you’ll need to buy one yourself.

Do I need a TV Licence to watch British on-demand TV like BBC iPlayer and All 4?

When it comes to on-demand content: yes for iPlayer and no for others. Live content needs a licence for all platforms, iPlayer needs a licence for live or on-demand or any other use.

Do I need a TV Licence if I watch Netflix?

No, you do not need a TV Licence for any use of Netflix since none of it is live. You only need a stepbrother
or friend to pay your subscription, a good memory for passwords and a shameless attitude.

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Can Students Use a TV Licence Loophole?

Let’s face it, when you clicked on this article you immediately scrolled to this question. I don’t blame you –
Doctor Who has really gone downhill, Eastenders has always been garbage and on top of all that you’re a bit skint.

Most of us don’t want or enjoy paying for a TV licence and at the end of the day it’s a personal decision.

What we would suggest is, if you value listening to tunes on BBC Radio without annoying adverts, watching David Attenborough continue to save the planet well into his 90s, and enjoy watching Match of The Day without the need advert interruptions, then consider contributing.

If you do indeed not care for any BBC Television or Radio shows, you can just stick to on-demand content on other platforms. This way, your not legally required to purchase a licence. Remember though, that even on-demand content on BBC iPlayer requires a licence.

If you need to watch live TV without a licence here’s a nice student TV loophole or two:

  1. Unplug your TV: If your TV isn’t plugged into the mains or an aerial socket, there’s absolutely no way to prove you were using it to watch any programmes. Just make sure you unplug it every time you’re not using it.
  2. If your out-of-term address is covered by a TV license, you can watch TV on any portable device that isn’t powered directly by the mains. So if you only use your laptops and phones in your student house, you’ll be just fine.
  3. Download iPlayer shows in places that are covered by a licence, and then go home and watch them offline. Untraceable.

Once in a while, they may send an inspector round to have a look at your house.

Can They Detect If I have a TV Licence?

Here’s the real TV Licence loophole: they (mostly) can’t. Of course, they have a database of all addresses who haven’t bought a licence, but they have no idea whether or not those addresses are breaking the law or not.

They likely send a letter every so often to all properties on that database and make the letter look scary and foreboding even though they don’t actually know if you watch TV or not.

Can a TV Licence Officer Enter Your Home?

No, they can’t enter without a police-issued warrant. If an officer happens to knock on your door, they have no legal right to enter your home and your not obligated to answer any of their questions. We’ve heard reports of some officers using intimidation and bullying tactics to force there way into peoples homes.

We would suggest simply telling any officer politely who may knock on your door, that you don’t watch any TV, thanks them for their time and close the door. Normally at that point they will leave, although may suggest they will get a warrant which they very rarely do.

If they persist in knocking, simply pop your head out the window and inform them you know your legal rights and responsibilities and will report them if they continue on

Be mindful though, if an inspector came to your door and the sound of canned laughter was blaring in the background and they can see your TV bright as day through the window and you were holding the remote control in your hand and wearing an ‘I Own A TV’ t-shirt and you denied him entry and said you don’t have a TV and then pissed on his shoes… then they’d probably have grounds to get a warrant to search your house. But otherwise, unless they somehow had very good evidence you were watching TV.

What is the Punishment for Getting Caught Without a TV Licence?

If you’re one of the unlucky ones (and didn’t follow our advice above) then you risk prosecution and a fine of up to
£1,000, plus any costs or compensation you are asked to pay and the cost of the licence. You won’t go
to prison, though, unless you persistently refuse to pay the fine, or did actually urinate in the TV Licence guys shoes.

Can Students get a TV Licence Refund?

Yes. You can request a refund if you won’t need your licence before it expires, and you have at least one full month before the expiry date.

You can apply for your refund here.

To receive a refund, you just need to meet the criteria in the checklist and provide the required evidence. You also need to apply two weeks in advance of the date you want it to stop. If you’re applying for a refund for a licence that has already expired, you can apply if it expired less than two years ago.

What Happens To My TV Licence If I’m Moving Properties?

If you’re moving student accommodation or home, you can just update your address online here and that will automatically transfer your licence over to your new student property.

If you’re moving to a student home that already has a TV Licence, you can either leave it or get a refund for the
months you will not be using it. See above for more info on refunds.


So there you have it. Everything a student could wish to know about TV Licencing regulations. Now you
can get back to your binging, safe in the knowledge that you’re not going to prison just yet.

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Cheap Student Bills – 10 Ways to Save Money On Energy Bills

 Cheap Student Bills

One of the biggest drains on many students homes is the energy bills. Apparently, an average-sized UK student household will spend around £90 a month on gas and electricity. In this part of our student bill series, we offer some quick and painless ways to make the dream of cheap student bills an actual reality.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ‘Student’ as ‘One who is often broke!‘. Even if you don’t feel all that broke, rest assured, if you’re a UK university student, then, you’re probably broke!

By the time we’re done with university, most of us anyway, will have a debt of around £50k in loans to pay back and yet somehow the ‘maintenance loan’ we receive from Student Finance is only enough to maintain our poverty.

It could be argued, that we could all spend less money on nights out, taxis, microwave meals and streaming subscriptions – but then, what would be the point in going to uni in the first place?

As much as our energy bills can drain our bank account, there are certain things we can do and ways to manage that drain which would significantly cut down the overall costs. Sound like something you’d like to learn more about? Then read on for student money saving tips, so hot your radiator will look embarrassed!

Ten Tips For Cheap Student Bills


Tip #0: Use Your Common Sense

This isn’t really a ‘hot tip’ as such, but some of you may need to hear these:

  • Don’t set your thermostat to 24C and then sit in your underwear when you could have just put a hoodie
  • Don’t leave windows wide open (especially when you go out!)
  • Don’t leave the lights on in rooms you aren’t using.
  • Turn off plug switches for any appliances you’re not using.
  • Turn the boiler off when not at home, even if it’s just for a few hours.
  • Don’t block your radiators with furniture or clothing.
  • Take showers instead of baths as they use less heat as well as water.

If these tips and ideas are new and interesting to you, then prepare to have your mind blown with the tips which follow… let’s continue!

Tip #1: Get Your Bills Included in the Rent

If you haven’t yet accepted a tenancy agreement for the academic year, try to look for student accommodation where the landlord includes the energy bills as part of the rent, in a cheap student bills package.

Besides simplifying your outgoing costs and preventing arguments amongst your flatmates, it means you can blast the radiator and leave the lights on all day and not have to worry about anything – except, of course, the poor polar bears.

The rest of the utilities, like your water usage will also likely be included. Just make sure you inspect the contract carefully for any usage limits, so there’s no nasty surprises when the fridge turns off halfway through the month.

Spare student rooms in a private household can be a great option, as bills are usually bundled with the rent.

If included bills isn’t on the cards, asking for the energy-rating of the property, which accounts for the quality of radiators, windows and insulation – is a smart consideration to make before deciding to rent somewhere. The range is large: from A to G; so make sure you’re somewhere near the start of the alphabet at least.

Tip #2: Shop Around for the Best Deals

If you end up having to pay and manage your own energy bills, don’t fret, there are still savings to be had if you’re willing to put the work in and do some research.

Sadly, an entire third of the country’s household population have never switched energy providers. Half haven’t switched in the last three years. Those households are missing out on potential savings of £320 per year.

Use comparison sites like MoneySupermarket to compare prices and keep those profit-hungry energy monoliths in check! This is basically activism, and woke, activist students are far more successful on Tinder.

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Tip #3: Take Your Own Meter Readings & Avoid Estimates

In addition to never checking if they’re even getting a good deal from their provider, on their price per unit of gas and electricity, most households also let their provider estimate their usage. This means the provider assumes your usage based on factors such as past usage, local weather and building insulation and then charges you based on that.

Your student accommodation could have been empty and unused for days but the energy provider would assume you were using heating, etc. as usual. You could be following all the common sense tips – diligently switching off lights and appliances – and they may well be assuming usage based on past care-free student tenants.

This is obviously less than ideal. If your unsure how to take a meter reading or not even sure where your utility meters are  located, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

How to take an Electric Meter Reading

How to take a Gas Meter Reading

Calculating your own energy usage may look lame, but it’s the holy grail of cheap student bills.

Tip #4: Bleed Your Radiators

Ensure radiators are bled so that they can run more efficiently. Bleeding means releasing the air that gets stuck in the system. Doing this requires a radiator key which you can buy online for less than a quid. This makes a big difference to any student money saving goals you have, also, your dad would be proud.

To get the gist of how to do it, you can watch this handy tutorial by the lovely Tony:

Tip #5: Want Cheap Student Bills? Use a Radfan!

The Radfan is a simple product that you mount on your radiator. It can be set up in 30 seconds and then runs itself by turning itself on when the radiator is hot, and off when it’s cold. It’s designed to improve the flow of convected heat around the room, thus reducing the amount of energy you need to pump into your radiator to heat your student home. They’re also lab-tested, and government funded which is pretty rad.

Find out more about them and take a look here to find a great deal.

Bonus Tip: They only fit onto the rectangular, metal, water-filled, classic-style radiators, so be sure to check before you order one.

Tip #6: Use Energy-efficient Electrical Appliances & Your
Electrical Appliances Energy-efficiently

  • Putting your appliances like your TV and Playstation on timer plugs will mean you don’t have to remember to switch them off.
  • Use your dishwasher, if you have one, as it apparently uses less energy than handwashing. Just make sure it’s full everytime.
  • If you have a washing machine, only use it when it’s loaded to capacity – coordinate with your housemates and have a laundry day together. Wash at 30?C, it works just fine with most detergents these days.
  • Don’t use a tumble-dryer as they’re horribly energy inefficient – a clothes rack will do. Swap out all your lightbulbs for energy-efficient versions. They’re a little pricier upfront, but last far longer, are cheaper to run and will save you loads of cash over their lifetime.
  • If your radiators are old-style electric heaters, consider asking your student landlord to update them. They use far more energy efficient than modern ones and they decrease the value of the property because they lower the overall energy rating – so it’s a win-win for you and your landlord.

Tip #7: Use Blankets, Hot-water bottles, and Cute Microwavable
Teddy Bears

Of course, you should always wrap up warm even when inside, so you don’t have to turn the thermostat up higher than it needs to be. But have you considered other cosy alternatives? Hot-water bottles are great, using one is like having a bath on the couch. Electric blankets may be even more energy-efficient. I am also unashamed to admit that I have a green dinosaur called Debra that I heat up in the microwave – you can buy these microwavable plushies online or in a store like Ryman’s. Debra smells like lavender too.

Tip #8: Exploit Your University’s Amenities!

The ultimate life-hack to get cheap student bills: make your university pay for them. Taking all of your devices – laptop, phone, tablet, camera, whatever, and charging them at the library is a pro move. Don’t feel guilty, you’re paying like £9000 a year, surely some of that is for some free, juicy electricity. Plus, it won’t hurt your academic prospects to spend a bit more time in that place now would it?

Hey, you could even take a few power-banks and portable batteries and charge ’em up there too, that way you can take the free, juicy electricity home with you too, it’s win-win. If only there was a way to steal their hot air…

Tip #9: Avoid Pay-as-you-go Energy Plans

Paying ad-hoc may feel cheaper, but just as with all subscription services, signing up for a longer-term contract will save you hundreds in the long run. It requires more admin on the part of the supplier and they pass the burden of that cost onto you – just avoid these altogether.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it, a complete guide to getting cheaper student bills by saving costs on your energy bills. Follow every single one of these tips and the energy companies will be basically paying you. The polar bears will also express their gratitude for your environmental considerations.

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Student Gas Bills – How to take a gas meter reading

Student Gas Bills

Many students who move from student halls into private accommodation, will for the first time, need to take a gas meter reading. Student gas bills can be expensive, especially as most students already have a tight financial budget. To help you avoid any excessive gas bills, in this part of our guide to student bills series, we’ll show you how to take a gas meter reading and how to calculate the cost of your gas usage.

What we’ll be covering:

Why do I need to Submit Meter Readings?

For the most part, gone are the good old days when energy companies would send their agents round, knocking on your door to read your meter. Now, most people let their energy suppliers estimate their usage. These estimates are based on past readings, temperatures, how well insulated your house is and a number of other factors.

But, as you may expect, these estimates’ may not always be so accurate. The smartest thing to do, especially if you’re struggling to stretch your student finance loans far enough to even afford a Maccy’ D’s, is to read your meters yourself and send your supplier your actual usage info. This way, you can be sure you are getting charged accurately for any student utility bills.

Sounds simple, but given the fact you’ve now entered the assault that is adulthood and responsibility, I’m sure you’re aware that there will be a few finer points to cover.

First step: locate your meter.

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Where is My Gas Meter?

Most likely, your meter is on the outside of the property near to one of the doors. This makes them accessible for meter reading agents in order that they can easily read them. In more modern houses, the meter is typically found in a cosy little cupboard outside by the front entrance.

The second most common place, it on the inside porch or in a hallway, right near the front door.

Check these two places first as they’re the most common gas meter locations.

Still can’t find it? Got a basement? Check there. Garage? Check there. Cupboard under the stairs? Tell Harry Potter to shift over and have a quick check in there.

Odd Locations

It could be in more odd places though. If your student accommodation was once refurbished or any spare rooms rearranged, a former garage or porch could now be used as bedroom or kitchen. If those changes occurred, at some point in the past, the meter could well be in a random room in the house so look around.

Ran around every room, looked in cupboards and still can’t find it? Check your tenancy agreement. It may state the location in the handbook.

Failing all that, call your student landlord or agent, they should be able to tell you the meters location.

Types of Gas Meters

In student accommodation, and homes in general, there are a variety of gas meter types. To help identify which type of meter has been installed in your student home, here we’ll provide a brief description on each of the gas meter types and explain how you can take a meter reading.

Digital Metric Meter (five numbers to the left of a decimal point or space)

A digital metric meter will have a digital display that shows five numbers and then a decimal point, followed by some more numbers, which may or may not be in red. This is the most modern type of meter.

To read it:

  • From left to right, write down the first five numbers
  • Include any and all zeros
  • Ignore the numbers that come after the decimal point

Imperial Meter (four numbers to the left of any red numbers)

An imperial meter looks slightly older; it isn’t a screen but rather displays, separate black and white square numbers. The latter numbers will be in red and it may have some imperial unit of measurement on it – probably cubed feet.

To read it:

  • From left to right, write down the first four numbers
  • Include any and all zeros
  • Ignore the rest of the numbers in red

Dial Meter

A dial meter will have four or possibly more dials. Each dial will have a pointer indicating towards a number between one and nine. These are the most complex to read, but also, luckily, the least common.

To read it:

  • Read the first four dials from left to right, usually along the bottom row only
  • Ignore dials in red or in a different size to the rest
  • Write down the closest number to each pointer
  • If the pointer rests between two numbers, go with the lower number
  • If the pointer rests between zero and nine, write down nine

Note: Sometimes some of the dials run clockwise and some run counter-clockwise, don’t get cocky (or clocky) and just look at where the pointer points, like when you’re telling the time: just look at the number it’s pointing to.

TOP-TIP If you’re going through all the effort of reading the meter yourself, be sure sure you get it right, you don’t want to end up being charged extra on your student gas bills.

Smart Gas Meter

A swanky digital meter with cool graphics and a large display. Since it reads itself and sends the usage to your supplier, you don’t really need to read it. You can look at it if you’re convinced it’s sending the wrong readings, or if you’re just really really bored.

To read it:

  • There are many unique types but they’re all very simple to navigate and display the necessary figures clearly

There are a few bonuses to having a smart gas meter. You can literally see in real time the gas your property is consuming. This is pretty handy if you’re leaving the house for awhile and want to make sure the boiler and all your appliances are switched off; you can just check to see if the figures have stopped going up. You can also see if an appliance is consuming a disproportionate amount of gas – maybe something is wrong with it.

They are also very eco-friendly and allow you to keep a clear, real-time account of your gas usage. Very useful when it comes to keeping track of your student house bills.

How Do I Calculate My Student Gas Bills?

Your gas usage is typically measured in imperial cubic feet (ft3;) or metric cubic meters (m3;) depending on the type of meter.

The metric meters display part units as decimals, and the imperial meters display part units in red and or after a space. You can just ignore the part units.

Despite being measured in cubit feet; or metric cubic meters;, you’ll likely find you’re billed in kilowatt hours (kWh).

This means that if you want to see if you’re being billed correctly, you have to convert your readings into kWh.

Doing this requires taken a fair amount of  calculations. There are online Gas Bill Converters that will do this for you. So if your feeling lazy skip ahead and will outline how to use the online gas conversions.

If your a bit of a nerd though or just an aspiring scientist, who’s keen to perform your own calculations, here’s a quick run-through.

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Step One:

Firstly you’ll need to subtract your last meter reading from your current one to figure out how much gas you’ve used in that billing period. You’ll need your current and previous gas bills in front of you and a calculator for accuracy.

Step Two – only if you have an imperial meter:

If your meter is in imperial, you need to convert to metric. This is the conversion factor: 100 ft3; = 2.83 m3; . Your meter measures in hundred-units of cubic feet. If the meter says you’ve used 1 unit, you’ve actually used 100 ft3;. So just multiply your imperial meter reading by 2.83.

Step Three:

Multiply the figure by the calorific value of the gas. This give an indication about the quality of the gas used. The exact value will be on your bill. It should be between 38 and 41 megajoules per cubic meter.

Step Four:

Multiply that figure by 1.02264. This accounts for temperature and pressure and something about expansion of the gas due to heat, but best not to stress on the details and instead just do it!

Step Five:

Convert to kilowatt hours. To do this, divide your figure by 3.6.

Final Step:

Now you have successfully converted to kWh and taken everything you need to into account, you just need to work out what the final cost of the bill should be.

To do this multiply by the price per unit your energy supplier charges you, which will be on the bill. Once all complete, you will now have the total cost of the bill in kWh based on your own meter readings.

Gas Bill Calculators

As we mentioned before, with a quick google you can find many reliable, free Gas Bill Converters that will save you the work. In order to use these, you just need to type in your meter readings and the price per unit of gas that you pay.

The calorific value’ and conversion factor’ don’t vary that much so you can go with what ever is suggested. If you want to be more accurate, find these figures on your bill and type those in.

Once you’ve have the final figure, you can check and see if this matches up with what your energy company is charging you. If you’re being overcharged, call them up and explain that you believe there’s been an overcharge on your student gas bill. If you’ve been undercharged, well then, that up to you!

Student Gas Bills Summary

Now that you know everything you need about your student gas bills, from taking find your meter to taking a readying that’s one less thing you need to stress out about! You can now rest assured, that you’re being charged the right amount and you’re on your wat to becoming a fully functioning adult. Now go and treat yourself that Maccy D’s.

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Student Bill Splitting – How to split your student bills

Student Bill Splitting

An issue almost everyone who attends university will run into at some point is how to go about sharing bills with your fellow students and roommates. Many disagreements have arisen through out the history of universities, the root cause of which, is student bill splitting!

While these bills may be small, most students find these expenses can quickly add up. Bills can include anything from the cost of your monthly broadband package to sharing the cost of a taxi.

As much as we would all like to be self-sufficient and be able pay for everything ourselves, as a student, normally that luxury isn’t really an option.

So what’s the best way to share bills? In this part of our guide to student bills series, that’s exactly what we’ll be answering as we take you through the best ways to split and share your student bills.

What we’ll be covering

Let’s get started!

The Best Bill Splitting Apps

One great way to split your student bills and share the responsibility of payments is by using a bill splitting app. For those of you who are short on time, see our top three recommended bill splitting apps as listed below.




For a more in-depth overview on these apps and further budgeting tips, keep reading!

Student Bill Splitting: Decide how to Split Bills

The first thing that anyone should do when deciding how to split costs amongst a group is to come to an agreement over what is fair amongst yourselves.

What’s considered fair will be different depending on what it is your splitting and who benefits the most from the use of the products or service.

Random Payments

As an example, you and your housemates may well decide to keep track of some expenses informally, figuring that in the long run everything will likely even out. This could include things such as group meals, trips to the cinema or any other spur of the moment situations that are hard to anticipate and create a budget for.

The best solution for these sort of scenarios, is to settle-up payments, as and when they occur.

Group Holidays

If your planning to go on a holiday as a group (as many student do), then it’s recommend to sort out any shared expenses before you hop on the plane and ensure everyone is one the same page.

A simple way to split holiday expenses, is to simply split up all  of the costs equally between each person. When you approach this, discuss the various options for sharing expenses. Be sure everyone agrees on an approach which works for everyone.

Sharing Student Accommodation 

If your sharing student accommodation, or renting out a spare room, then you’ll need to come to an agreement with your other housemates.  Most bills and expenses associated with student accommodation, will be payable in re-occurring instalments, which makes things easer when calculating and organise any bill payments.

The difficulty can come in deciding who pays for what. For instance, should everyone pay for a service which only one or two house mates use, or should everyone pay equal amount of heating if only one person keeps turning it on.

Some of the bills students sharing accommodation typically have to pay are:

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Split the Responsibility

When paying these bills, one approach you can take is to split the responsibility for each of the bills between each housemate. Such as, one housemate would take responsibility for electric, another for gas, another for broadband and one for rent.

Once bill responsibilities have been allocated, each time a bill payment is due, the person who has been allocated responsibility to pay that bill, ensures each housemate has paid their share of the bill and that the bill is paid on time.

If you do decide to take this approach, ensure that everyone is responsible enough to meet any payment deadlines and the bills don’t get forgotten or missed. In some groups it may be best to have one person oversee this if they are the most reliable, which leads us to are next point, which is…..

Place all Housemates Names on Bills

This is the fairest way to share bills, and it also incentives everyone to pay on time, as to avoid getting a bad credit score. If you use this method, only those individuals who fail to pay, will be given a bad credit score.

By law, if only one persons name is on the bill, then that person is solely responsible for the bill payments. Placing all housemates names on each of the bills spreads this responsibility. With jointly named utility bills, every housemate is legally responsible for an equal share of the bill.

Create a Joint Bank Account

Most people assume you need to be legally partnered to open a joint bank account. But you can in fact have multiple authorized users on most standard joint accounts. With a joint bank account, two or more housemates can manage the same account.

Estimate the overall monthly costs of the bills and split the costs between each housemate. Each housemate can then pay their share of the estimated amount into the account each month. If there are any funds left in the account at the end of the tenancy, once all bills payments have been met, this can then be divided up between housemates.

You can often add an additional account holder to a current bank account by simply inquiring at your local bank branch. This is often easiest when still in the application process. Be on the lookout, as some banks will even run special promotions, such as offers of cash bonuses, for opening a new account.

Tracking Expenses

If the idea of doing the maths to figure out your monthly budget makes your head spin. Don’t worry, you’re not alone, budgeting can be an intimidating endeavour so don’t despair too much!

One option is to take advantage of the many budgeting tools which are available online. These tools and programs can help you to track and work out your budgeting and billing costs and are often free.

Each of the bill splitting apps we are going to discuss, also contain functionality which will help you track your expenses. This is one of the advantages of using a bill splitting app, as it removes the need for using other budgeting software and allow you to manage all your bills in a single location, saving precious time.

Of course, if you are already skilled at keeping a budget, feel free to continue using whatever system works best for you. One of the most important parts when creating a budget is being honest and sticking to it once created.

Comparing the Best Bill Splitting Apps

Now that you know everything you need about budgeting and the in’s and out of student bill splitting, let’s take a look and compare some of the best bill slipping apps.

What is a bill splitting app?

Bill splitting apps, as the name suggests, allow you to divide the cost towards any payments where a group of people need to share some sort of bill. They make is easy for groups of students, friends or housemates to contribute their share of any payments.

To use a bill splitting app, you can simply download it to your smartphone or tablet. Any bills you have can be split between multiple people, with each person being assigned their own cost to contribute. It’s also possible to connect them to other payment services such as banks account or payment providers allowing payment to be made quickly and easily.

How much does a bill splitting app cost?

Most bill splitting apps are offered as free or freemium services.  Paid for versions typically give you access to more features and wont display any ads.

Overall, bill splitting apps are actually quite cheap, with prices starting from £0.99 as a one time download or other charging 1 – 3% in transaction fees. When taken into consideration the headaches and hassle involved when trying to split bills yourself, it can be well worth it.

Best Student Bill Splitting Apps


Acasa is available to download for both Android and Apple phones. It’s specifically designed to manage household spending offering a tailored solution for student housemates

Free to use, it can be configured to automatically handle all regularly occurring bill payments such as electric, gas internet and rent as well as manage and budget household items.

What’s to like:

  • 100% Free – Use at no cost
  • Household Bill Sharing – Specifically designed for sharing household bills and students housemates
  • Notifications – Send notifications on due dates, payments, and any service switchovers
  • Auto Payments – Set up to automatically pay any re-occurring payments
  • Track Budget & Expenses – Track budgets and any other type of expenses


Settle-Up is available on multiple platforms, including Apple, Android, Windows and also provides a web version. It comes with both free and paid versions.

The free version will occasionally display adverts, while the paid version allows you to store receipts and offers enhanced customisation features with no ads.

A simple one step sign up process is all that’s required to start using the app. Using the app is reasonable straight forward with a very intuitive UI

What’s to like:

  • Bill Sharing:  Share bills with friends even those who aren’t signed up
  • Create Groups: Create custom groups to organise different expenses with different people
  • Send Reminders: Send expenses via e-mail, social media, WhatsApp, or any other channel
  • Great UI: Super simple user interface and splitting bills is a breeze.


Splid is available to download for both Android and Apple phones. It’s free version allows you to have one group of people to share expenses, otherwise you need to use the paid features.

It really shines if you use the paid version and can handle 20+ groups allowing you to easily share expenses with fellow students and download them as PDF or Excel files.

It’s primarily used for splitting up holiday expenses but can be used for bills too

What’s to like:

  • Converting Currencies: Convert and tally using 150 unique currencies
  • Download Files: Download a PDF or Excel file with a comprehensive summary of all the expenses
  • Create Groups: Multiple payees can be added to each expense

Final Thoughts

Thus, concludes our guide on student bill splitting and how to share bills amongst your fellow students and housemates. There was a lot to cover, from making and agreeing to a budget, to even the possibility of setting up a joint banking account.

Hopefully you’ve learnt a thing or two and with your new found knowledge will be able to take the stress out of managing your student bills, all while avoiding any disputes or disagreements.

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Student Bills Comparison – Switch to the Cheapest Energy Suppliers

Student Bills Comparison

As a university student, moving from halls into private student accommodation can suddenly mean needing to require an understanding of energy bills and how best to handle them. To help you out, in this part of our guide to student bills series, we’ll perform a student bill comparison, show you how to switch energy providers and show you how to get the best deals so you can save yourself some money.

We’ll be covering:

Cheapest Energy Suppliers

Whilst most students will just gloss over their student bills and accept any old set-up, there’s inherent value and benefit for those who take the time to learn how to manage their bills. As well as being an eco-friendly move,  it can also save you a good few hundred pounds each year.

If your in a rush and not concerned with learning all the ins and out, here’s the cheapest energy suppliers who offer the best value electricity and gas.

Bulb Energy



Utilising Comparison Websites

Comparison websites such as are a great way to quickly compare energy prices based on current market values. By using a comparison website, you’ll quickly be able to see, potential savings between different services.

To perform a comparison on your student bills, simply enter the dates your tenancy will start and finish, then compare your current service to those suggested.

Another useful set of criteria to check when comparing energy supplies, is the customer satisfaction scores and green energy tariffs.

We advise utilising these comparison websites to search for the most competitive tariffs.

It may first appear that doing your own comparisons and switching directly would be the best way to get the cheapest deals, however, it’s worth mentioning, that not all energy suppliers will display the cheapest deals possible on their own websites.

Some of the best deals out there, are only available through comparison websites. In order to access these deals you’ll need to sign up directly through the comparisons site advertising the offer.

Top Comparison Sites

We recommend these comparison sites to find the best energy deals.


Compare The Market

Using Auto Switching Energy Services

Auto-switching services are gaining a lot of popularity. These types of services will continuously compare the market for you and automatically switch you to the best energy deals available, meaning, your always saving money.

If you want to find the cheapest energy providers, with the least amount of effort, then auto switching services may be a good choice. Keep in mind you’ll likely need to pay for the service itself which is a cost you should factor in.

Before using any auto-switching services, check the following:

  • The Cost of the Service – The cheaper the service the less benefits and deals it may offer. You will need to balance out cost vs savings
  • Energy Suppliers and Deals – Not all energy suppliers and all deals are available with all services. Check which ones are available and most suitable based on your own needs
  • Terms and Conditions – Ensure you fully understand, under what conditions, a switch in service will occur

Best Value Auto-switching Services

We recommend these auto-switching services to automate your student bills comparison.


Look after my bills


Student Bills Comparison: How to switch?

So you’ve done your re-search and found a steal of a deal with a great energy supplier but your still not sure how to switch provider. Let us show you what you need to do.

To start with, you’ll need the following details to hand:

  • Your postcode
  • The name of your current energy supplier
  • Your current tariff
  • The tariff you wish to switch too
  • Your bank account details (if planning to pay by direct debit)

How to find your Electric Supplier

To find out who your electric supplier is, you’ll first need to know the energy network.

Use this Find Energy Network tool. It will provide you with the name and telephone number of your network operator. Once you know your network operator, contact them to find out who your electric supplier is.

How to find your Gas Supplier

Use the Find My Gas Supplier tool to find your gas supplier. It will provide you with the name of your supplier and a meter point reference number, aka ‘MRPN’. Take note of the MRPN, as the supplier will use this to locate your gas meter.

Top Tip- See if there are any utility bills lying around to quickly identify who the current energy suppliers are, or ask your landlord as they may already know. 

Once you have all these details, if switching directly, it’s then just a case of contacting up the energy supplier you wish to switch too.

If your going to switch using either a comparison website or auto-switching service, enter all your details and you’ll then be given a choice of tariffs to choose from. If your unsure about tariffs, keep reading as we’ll touch on this shortly.

Finalising the Switch

Once all information’s submitted and you’ve chosen your new energy supplier and tariff, the final step is to validate your agreement, confirm your switch, and your means of paying. Once everything agreed and verified.. it’s pretty much a done deal!

Top Tip – Paying via Direct Debit can save you not only money but also time, keep reading for further info on payment options.

Once complete, the switching process will now begin.

In the coming days, your new supplier will get in touch with you to confirm your switch-over date. The whole process of switching energy supplier can be fairly fast and reasonably straightforward, all in all, this can take upto 21 days.

If at any point you have a change of heart, it’s within your rights to contact your supplier and cancel within 14 days from the day you agreed to the contract. There’s no requirement to contact the former supplier, since your new supplier will be handling the switching process but it still might be worth informing your landlord.

You can expect to be switched to your new supplier without any interruption to your current electricity or gas supply or even your studies!

Further Info and Money Saving Tips

Tariff Types

There are three types of tariffs you can choose from. These are Fixed Rate, Variable, and Economy 7.

On a Fixed Rate tariff, you will be paying the same amount per unit of gas or electricity for the remainder of the deal which typically lasts for 12 months.

For a Variable tariff, the amount you pay can fluctuate. They track wholesale prices and the cost you pay per unit can go either up or down. Your supplier is entitled to change your rate at their own deaccession but is required to provide at least one months notice before any changes can take effect.

Lastly, the Economy 7 tariff means that you will be charged variable amounts per unit of gas or electricity depending on when you use them. For example, using energy at night costs less than using the same amount of energy during the day.

What ever tariff you choose to switch too, it’s worth checking the terms and conditions carefully to make sure you cover all bases and fully understand the potential costs.

How to avoid exit fees

If your on a fixed rate tariff and plan to leave earlier than agreed, to get out of the contract, there’s usually an associated exit fee.

To avoid paying exit fees:

  • Look for deals which have no exit fees
  • Wait until the last 49 days of your contract, as legally you cant be charged fees
  • Negotiate the exit fee when switching to a different tariff with the same supplier, some will waive the fee.

Dual Tariffs 

Take note that tariffs for gas supply are charged differently to tariffs for electricity supply. There are, of course, suppliers who offer both types of energy under a single contract.

The main advantage of due tariffs is that bills will be consolidated into a single payment. Some tariffs may also require an additional cost of installing a smart meter, so double check for these types of conditions before signing a contract.

Go Paperless

Going paperless is a good way to save some money, as well as helping the environment out. Instead of receiving a paper bill in the post, which lets face it, can get annoying as they pile up in heap in the hallway, you will receive and be able to view your bills online.

Setting up Direct Debit

Choosing to pay via direct debit could save you upto 10% with some suppliers. It also saves time as the payments will be taken out automatically. Just ensure you have sufficient funds in your account to avoid late payment charges.

If you do miss any payment though, don’t worry, most providers will give you some extra time to make the payment before turning the energy off or charging you extra.

How to prevent being overcharged

To prevent being overcharged, it’s a good idea to send your supplier regular meter readings. Taking regular meeting reading helps to ensure you only pay for the energy you consume during your tenancy.

If you have a Smart Meter installed, then the meter can send the reading for you, otherwise you will need to do it manually.

Learn how to read both your gas and elasticity meter. If  your not sure how to take meter readings or want to learn more about the different types of meters, check out our guides below:

How to take an electric meter reading

How to take a gas meter reading

Top Tip – On the first day you arrive and settle into your new student home, remember to take a picture of the metre readings. The reason for this will be explained later in the article.

Refer a friend schemes

Not only can you save some money, it’s also now possible to make some.

Quite a few suppliers offer financial incentives to both the referee and switcher. When selecting a provider check if they offer these types of rewards.

Who can change energy suppliers?

It depends on whether you are directly paying an energy company or not. If you are then, yes, you can choose your energy supplier and there is a consumer protection law that gives you that choice. Now, if your landlord pays the bills for you then it is their choice and it wont be something you need to worry about.

Your rent breakdown must include it as “bills included”. To be sure though, you should read through your tenancy agreement thoroughly and if still unsure reach out to your landlord.

Your accommodation will usually already have an assigned energy supplier before you moved in. If you are planning to make a switch, then it is a good practise to inform your landlord about it. Some tenancy agreements would even stipulate that you must revert back to the assigned energy supplier before you move out.

Student Bills Comparison – Conclusion

That’s pretty much everything and hopefully you have enough knowledge and information to carry out an effective student bill comparison strategy and save yourself some money.

When it comes to student bills there’s lots to learn and many ways to save money, so be sure to check out our other guides which form part of our student bill series.

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Student House Bills – The cost of student bills

Student House Bills

Moving from the protective bubble of student halls into real student accommodation can be fairly scary. What used to be a single lump sum payment, with all student house bills included, suddenly turns into multiple separate payments of rent, utilities, wifi, water and broadband.

Whether you’re in a flat of three or a house of nine, there are a few monetary considerations to be made when it comes to student house bills. To save you some time and possibly some sanity, we’ve put together a quick guide which covers all you’ll need to know about the cost of student house bills.

What’s the difference between rent and bills?


Rent is paid to gain the right to occupy (or live in) a property. This can be paid directly to a landlord or through a property management company. In most first-year halls, the money you pay to the property management company, covers the cost of both student bills and rent.


Student house bills make up and pay for necessities such as, clean and hot water, energy for electrical appliances and heating. They can also go beyond the needs of a property and can extend to things such as a stable WIFI connection and access to live TV.

While rent tends to be fixed, the cost of bills is priced on usage.

The three main student bills we’ll be touching on are:

– Gas and Electric

– Broadband

– TV Licenses

Student House Bills: Gas and Electric

Gas and electricity provide energy for items such as central heating, lighting, kitchen appliances, washing machines, fridges, kettles, and microwave etc etc.

For a property with four occupants, your utility bills can average at a cost of around £137 a month, which is equivalent to £1640 a year. Splitting this cost between four people would come to £34.25 per person.

Top Tip – Living with more tenants allows you to split the bills with more people.

Student House Bills: Broadband

These days, having good reliable internet is a necessity but it also comes at a price. The price you end up paying can really vary, depending on the provider and package you choose to go with.

Unlike utility bills, this will be a fixed monthly cost. The main element which determines the price of broadband packages is the speed and data usage.

It’s worth noting, there are packages available which do offer discounts for students. We did some research and found the average cost of student broadband to be £26 per household. If we split this out to a household of four people, then the price averages out at £6.50 per person.

One thing to consider when choosing a broadband package, is that having more people in a household using multiple devices requires more data usage which can quickly eat up data and reduce the overall speed. We advise going for unlimited package for households of more than 4 people.

If your interested in learning more, we’ve put together a detailed article explaining everything you need to know about broadband packages which will aid you in making your choice.

Broadband Package Cost Comparison

For a full comparison, check out our article – Best Student Broadband Deals 2021

Student House Bills: TV License

It costs £157.50 per year, for a TV license in the UK. You only need one TV license per household, so if you choose, you can have a TV in both your living room and bedroom at no extra cost. While it’s a yearly cost, you can apply for a refund during the summer months if you return home.

TV Licenses are needed when you:

  • Watch or record live tv, from any network channel such as BBC, ITV, Channel 4 etc.
  • Download or watch any shows from the BBC, including on BBC iPlayer

TV Licenses are not needed when you:

  • Stream from subscription-based sites such as Amazon Prime or Netflix.
  • Connect your game console and use any apps or watch DVDs.
  • Use a on-demand TV or video application to watch pre-recorded shows, such as All 4. (Bear in mind, if you watch any live TV programs on a service like All 4 live, then you still have to purchase a TV licence)

Splitting the cost for a four-person household, TV license would to £39.38 for the year, the equivalent of £3.29 per month, per person.

You can read more about TV Licenses HERE.

Reducing your costs


Since your living in student accommodation, it’s unlikely you’ll have any say in the maintenance of the building. Your landlord wouldn’t be too happy if you decided to screw nails into the walls or repaint the living room yellow. But you can have a say in the house that you choose to move into.

Have a look at the insulation of the building. Does the student house use double glazing or single? You can ask questions about the heating: if you’ll have a smart metre (that will charge the exact amount of what you’ve used every month), how long does the house take to heat up, does the house lose heat quickly?

The answers to these questions can help you decide if your housing is efficient. The higher the efficiency, the lower the monthly utility bill.

Energy Efficiency Certificate

Another sure-fire way of knowing what you’re getting into. Landlords should have the information of house efficient the building is, depending on factors such as draught exclusions and double glazing.

As with before, the higher the efficiency, the lower the monthly utility bill.

Take advantage of student discounts

As mentioned, there a number of providers that have a range of packages. This also included discounts for students to utilise.

Check out Virgin Media and BT‘s discount deals here.

The early bird catches the student bill saving worm

Sometimes it’s not a bad thing to be tied into a contract! With alot of contracts, especially Broadband packages, monthly rolling tends to be more expensive than being in an annual contract.

Use only when you need

I don’t mean to sound like a Dad but, couldn’t you avoid putting the heating on by wearing a jumper? Using energy only when you need it can massively reduce your costs, and help you do your bit for the environment at the same time.

Turning the tap off when brushing teeth, taking shorter showers, turning off lights when leaving a room, avoiding daily timers, and just turning the Central Heating on when cold can all be great ways to reduce how much energy and water you’re using in the house.

Use subscriptions

Only you can decide if live TV is worth the money. While not a massive price, TV Licenses are restricting, and if you would rather pay for a wider spectrum of entertainment, streaming services tend to be better for your money.

You can cancel anytime without having to apply for a refund, and you have a wider array of shows, movies, and documentaries to choose from.

Replace the lighting

There are two types of lightbulb that we tend to use, Halogen and LEDs. Halogens tend to heat fairly quickly, whereas LEDs are made to use less energy, be brighter and cost a fraction of the cost of a Halogen bulb.

Opt for using LEDs in your lamps and overhead lighting to reduce the costs for the lighting.

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Student Bills – How to take an electric meter reading

student bills

Many students who are living in their first student home, will have never taken a meter reading. On top of this, taking a meter reading for the first time can also be fairly confusing. In this part of our guide to student bills, we will show you how to take an electric meter reading and teach you how to calculate the cost of any given appliance. 

 We’ll be covering:

Student Bills – Why you need to supply Meter Readings

Sending regular meter readings to your energy supplier, will ensure  your paying the correct amount for any energy consumed.

Without a meter reading, an energy supplier will take an estimated reading which will be based on past usage. These estimates can sometimes be over-estimated, therefore,  supplying regular meter readings is good way to ensure you don’t get overcharged and end up paying more money towards your student bills than you should.

As a result, it’s best to send meter readings once every two or three months, however, if you like to keep on top of your student utility bills, you can also send monthly readings.

Top Tip – One way to save on your student bills is to purchase a smart plug! If you ever leave your diggz and realise you’ve left stuff on, with a smart plug you can turn them off. Over the long haul this can save you £££’s

Types of Electric Meters

A variety of electricity meter types are installed in UK and Irish student homes. To help you identify which type of meter has been installed in your student home, we’ve outlined a brief description for each of the meter types and explain how to read and take the meter reading.

Standard Electric Meters

The most common meter found in most student accommodation is the standard electric meter. It is a basic meter which measures electricity in kWh (kilowatt hours). Taking a reading from this type of meter is reasonably straight forward.

To take a meter reading from a standard meter, jot down the number as displayed from left to right.
Numbers either displayed in red or which have a red background are the decimal point numbers, therefore, you can omit these numbers when supplying your meter reading.

If you do decided to include the decimal point number, ensure you remember to add the decimal point or you may end up with an unexpectedly expensive student utility bill.

Dial Electric Meter

Dial Electric meters contain a series of dials which look similar to miniature clocks. These type of meters are not the easiest to read and each of the small dials will turn in a different direction, going either clockwise or anti-clockwise.

The direction of the numbers flow around the dial, indicate the direction the dial goes in. Normally the first, third and fifth dial will flow clockwise with the remaining dials flowing anti-clockwise.

Each of the dials will run from 0 to 9, read the meter in the same direction the numbers flow in.

In order take a meter reading correctly, there are a few rules you need to be aware of and follow:

  • Starting with the left most dial, read the dials from left to right
  • If the dial hand is between two numbers go with the lowest number (if between 3 and 4, write down 3)
  • When the dial hand is between 0 and 9 or always go with 9
  • If you have taken a reading of 9 on any dial, reduce the reading taken on the dial to the left by 1. As an example, lets say the third dial reads 9 and the second dial reads 7, you would write 6 for the second dial instead of 7
  • You can ignore the last dial, displayed in red or labelled 1/10

Digital Electric Meter

This type of  meter is similar to the standard meter but with an LCD display.  Standard digital meters will be labelled as ‘Single-rate’ where as economy 7 and economy 10 digital meters will be labelled as ‘multi-rate’.

Taking a meter reading is fairly straight forward. Write down all numbers as presented on the digital LCD display from left to right. As with a standard meter, all numbers to the right of the decimal point can be ignored.

Economy 7 and Economy 10 Electric Meters (Multi-Rate Meters)

Multi-rate meters generally look fairly similar to standard electric meters and they measure the electricity usage in kWh. The main difference on these meters is that they display two separate dials. One for on-peak traffic and the other for off-peak, commonly referred to as economy 7 and economy 10.

The display on digital multi-rate meters typically alternates between the on and off peak readings. In order to tell which rate is being displayed you will see a small number displayed to the left hand side of the reading which will be either  display either a 1 or a 2.

To supply a reading, write down both the on and off-peak readings and send them over to your supplier. Normally these can be sent online with the required format will be outlined in the online portal.

If you happen to have one of the older mechanical meters, then both readings will be visible on the display.

Smart Meters

A smart meter is new type of meter which measures real-time electricity usage. With a smart meter you don’t need to worry about supplying a meter reading as it’s able to send your electrical usage direct to the supplier.

That’s really is smart and is one less student bill to have to worry about!

Top Tip! Using LED bulbs over conventual bulbs can heavily impact the cost of your electric bills. LED bulbs have been proven to use 75% less energy compared to conventional bulbs. A great and simple way to save some money!

Prepayment Meters

Prepay meters are usually digital meters. These meters typically have a button which allows you to switch the display between total electric usage and the remaining credit balance. With prepay meters you pay for the electricity upfront by loading credit onto a meter card or a meter key.

Because you pay as you go, there is no need to supply a  meter reading. What you may want to do though, is keep an eye on your credit balance.

In the highly likely event, you may forget to take check your credit balance, thus, running out of electricity, prepayment meters have an emergency balance option.

When your credit balance hits £0, the electricity supply will cut off. To allow you time to load credit onto your card or key you can activate the emergency credit by pressing a button on the meter. Any credit you use while in emergency mode will be deducted once you enter your loaded card or key.

Most meter have an emergency balance of £5, once this runs out you will need to load up your card in order to turn you electricity supply back on.

Student Bills – How To Supply a Meter Reading

If you want to learn how to supply a meter reading or any other aspects of student bills, then check out our ultimate guide to student bills. We’ll take everything you need to know in regards to student bills and also offer other useful insights which as well as making life easier, may also save you some £££’s.

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Student Utility Bills – Guide to student house bills | Save Time & Money

Student Utility Bills

At some point, many university students will have the responsibility for setting up and paying their student utility bills. It’s definitely not considered one of the more  glamorous aspects of being a student. If it’s not something you’ve done before, it can also be fairly confusing, as well as time consuming.

To help save you some pain, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to student utility bills which will cover everything you need to know and hopefully save you some money!

We’ll be covering:

  • Which utilities you’ll need to pay for
  • How to check supply connections
  • How to setup your utility bills
  • The cost of your utility bills
  • How to split bills with student room mates
  • Tips to save money on student utility bills

Let’s get started!

Which Utilities You Need To Pay For

As a student, the main utilities you’ll need to pay bills towards are:

  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Water & Sewage

Then depending on individual circumstance, some students may also have to pay bills towards:

Discover the Best Student Broadband and Digital TV Packages to find the cheapest deals!

Energy Bills

Gas and electricity bills, typically referred to as ‘Energy Bills’ make up the majority of all utility bill expenses.

Although uncommon in student rentals, if your student home has oil central heating, we would advise speaking to your landlord as oil is normally ordered, paid for, then delivered. The oil tank will need topping up at regular intervals depending on energy consumption.

Water & Sewage Bills

Water and sewage bills cover the cost of water and sewage infrastructure. Full time students are still required to pay water bills, however, a lot of student landlords will include the cost as part of the rent. If your unsure who should pay this, double check with you landlord

How to Check Supply Connections

One of the first things you should do when you move into your new student home, is to check that your electric, gas and water supply are all fully connected.

How To Perform Each Check

  • Electric supply – turn on a light switch
  • Gas supply – turn on a gas cooker or turn on a radiator
  • Water supply – turn on the taps

If each of these services is working as expected, this indicates that the supply is connected. It’s unusual for these services to not be connected. If for some reason they appear not to be connected, reach out to your landlord right away.

How to Take Meter Readings

Once you’ve confirmed your energy services are fully connected, the next thing to do is to take the meter readings.

Why Take Meter Readings?

From the date a tenancy commences, the tenant is placed by the energy suppliers on what’s called a “deemed contract”.  This is automatically set up by any energy suppliers the previous tenant used, unless your landlord has set it up otherwise.

A deemed contract will be slightly more expensive than a standard contract but will only last up until the day you switch or confirm your new tenancy with an existing energy supplier.

Taking the meter readings at the start of a new tenancy is important, as it ensures you only pay for the energy you consume during your tenancy.

Taking the Meter Readings

All student properties will have electric meters but not all properties will have a gas meter.

Meters will normally be located in cubbyholes near the main front or back entrance, outside in meter boxes or they can also be located in basements or cellars.

In most flats and apartments all the meters for each flat or apartment, will normally be located together in the same place, with the meter for your flat or apartment labelled accordingly.

If you have trouble finding the meter(s) have a read through any information packs you may have been provided, otherwise give your landlord a shout.

There are all sorts of meters out there for both gas and electricity. The way you read these meter’s can vary but fear not, we’ve put together some useful guides outlying the various meter types and how to read them, so be sure to check them out if it’s something your unsure about:

How to take an electric meter reading

How to take a gas meter reading

Steps to Setting up Student Utility Bills

Find the current suppliers

Once you have all the meter readings, the next priority is to find out who the current energy suppliers are.

Quick Tip: See if there are any utility bills lying around to quickly identify who the current energy suppliers are or ask your landlord as they may already know.

Don’t open any letters or bills addressed to a specific name as this is deemed illegal. Look for letters addressed to the ‘Current Occupier’ or ‘Current Tenant’, as those letters you can legally open.

Find the Electric Supplier

In order to find out who the electric supplier is, you will first need to know the energy network.

Use this Energy Networks Association postcode search tool which will provide you with the name and telephone number of your network operator. The network operator will be able to tell you who supplies your electricity.

Find the Gas Supplier

Use the Find My Supplier tool to find your gas supplier. It will provide you with the name of your supplier and a meter point reference number, aka ‘MRPN’. Take note of the MRPN, the supplier will use this to locate your gas meter.

Contact Suppliers

Once you have the supplier details, make contact and provide them with your tenancy details and the meter readings you took earlier. When the supplier has this information you will be transferred onto the standard tariff.

Compare and Switch Energy Providers

Whilst most students will just gloss over their student bills and accept any old set-up, there’s inherent value and benefit for those who take the time to compare their bills. Knowing how to compare and switch energy providers can save you a good few hundred pounds each study year.

Learn everything you need to know about comparing and switching energy providers in our Student Bills Comparison Guide.

The Cost of Student Utility Bills

Various factors such as location, time of year, house insulation, number of house mates, living habits etc etc, will all play a part in how much you end up paying, so use the costs displayed below as more of an indication.

This table show the average monthly costs students typically spend on gas and electric each month.

House SizeElectric Gas Combinded
1 - 2 Bed£45£44£89
3 - 4 Bed£70£69£139
5 Bed£90£89£179
7 Bed£110£105£215

Since these are ball mark figures, at the start of your tenancy, we recommend setting aside a monthly budget to cover the likely cost of your utility bills until your able to work out your own average monthly spend as the year progresses.

Learn ways to Reduce Student Costs  where we take a more in-depth looks at student housing costs

How to Split Bills with Student Room Mates

That last thing you want is to end up arguing with your house mates over who should pay what.

When it comes to who’s responsible for which payments, student housemates will need to decided and agree how the payments will be shared equally.

Every student home will be unique but there are a few things you can do which will make managing any shared bill payments easier.

Place all Names on the Bills

By law, if only one persons name is on the bill, then that person is solely responsible for the bill payments. Placing all housemates names on each of the bills spreads this responsibility. With jointly named utility bills, every housemate is responsible for an equal share of the bill.

This is the fairest way to share bills, it also incentives everyone to pay on time, in order to avoid getting a bad credit score. If you use this method, only those individuals who fail to pay, will be given a bad credit score.

Split Responsibilities

Split the responsibility for each of the bills between housemates. As an example, one housemate would take responsibility for electric, another for gas and another for broadband.

Once bill responsibilities have been allocated, each time a bill payment is due, the person who has been allocated to pay that bill can ensure each housemate has paid their share of the bill and that the bill is paid on time.

If you decide to take this approach, ensure that everyone is responsible enough to meet any payment deadlines and the bills don’t get forgotten or missed.

Use a Joint Bank Account

Set up a joint bank account in each housemates name and fund the account with a monthly kitty.

With a joint bank account, two or more housemates can manage the same account. This can also be used to pay the bills from, once money has been pooled together into a kitty.

Estimate the overall monthly costs of the bills and split the costs between each housemate. Each housemate can then pay their share of the estimated amount into the account each month. If there are any funds left in the account at the end of the tenancy, once all bills payments have been met, this can then be divided up between housemates. It could even be used for one final house party!

Use Bill Splitting Apps

There are a number of free bill spiting apps available which are a great way to manage bill payments between several student housemates.

Apps like splitwise or splitoo allow you to request payments from each housemate, keep track of who’s paid, who owes what and provide notification for bill payment due dates.

Tips to save money on utility bills

  1. Ask about bills getting included in the rent
  2. Shop around for the best deals
  3. Always read the small print
  4. Choose the right traffic and contract length (Ideally 12 months max as a student)
  5. Sort your bills out as soon as possible
  6. Take regular meter readings & avoid estimates (Check out smart meters)
  7. Don’t set water and heating temperatures too high
  8. Ensure radiators are drained
  9. Don’t block radiators with furniture
  10. Use a radfan
  11. Take showers instead of baths
  12. Turn of lights and plug switches when not in use
  13. Wear warm cosy clothing when chilling out


If your still looking for a student home or starting to think about moving next year? Check out our property listings.



Preparing For University Checklist – What to Take | The Ultimate Checklist


Preparing for University Checklist

The Ultimate Preparing For University Checklist and The Best Things to Take


If you’re a 1st-year student getting ready to leave home for university and wondering what to take, then fear not. As part of our preparing for university series, we’ve put together a university checklist which will take you through all the items your going to need.

One of the biggest challenges many students face when preparing for university, is deciding and knowing what things to take and what things to leave behind.

Apart from the essentials, it’s not going to matter too much if you prefer to bring most items with you or if instead you  prefer to buy them once you arrive at uni. Whats is important, is having a good overview of all the things your likely to need. You don’t want to get caught out and forget something.

In order to ensure your prepared, go through and use the preparing for university checklist below.

Preparing For University Checklist Overview

The checklist is fairly extensive but we’ve broken it down into the following segments:

  • Important Documents
  • Stationery
  • Electronics
  • Kitchen Accessories
  • Bedroom Items
  • Bathroom Items
  • Clothing
  • Health and Medical Items
  • Miscellaneous Items


As you go through the checklist, make a list of the things you consider essential (meaning either it’ll be required or you’ll need to have it from day one) and copy each essential item into a spread sheet which you can tick off.

University Checklist: Important Documents

preparing for university checklist

  • Passport / driving license or any other form of ID
  • University acceptance letter and other official uni correspondence
  • Student accommodation details such as address and contact number
  • Student finance documents
  • Scholarship and bursary letters
  • Bank account details and correspondence
  • Bank cards
  • Insurance documents
  • National insurance card and number
  • Student discount cards
  • Passport photos
  • Medical Prescriptions


TOP TIP:  While travelling, it’s best to keep these documents in a folder or wallet and ensure they’re kept safe and on your person. When you get to uni, keep them all in a safe place, this way you’ll always know where they are and can easily access them when required.

If your an international student some other documents which you may need to bring are:

  • Visa Documents
  • Proof of Funds
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cash (Pound Sterling)

You can find further information about UK student visas on the official GOV.UK student visas page. You can also check their other page which explains what items you’ll need to display once you arrive in the UK.

Uni Checklist: Stationary to take to uni

Uni Checklist: Stationary to take to uni

  • Pens and pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Rulers
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Scissors
  • Pencil Case
  • Calculator
  • Stapler & staples
  • Salo Tape
  • A4 and/or A5 note pads
  • Ring folders and/or Wallets
  • Sticky Notes
  • Paper clips
  • Dairy, Calendar or Planner
  • Course textbooks and study materials


TOP TIP: If your missing any items, head over to a your universities student library. Uni library’s stock many of the stationary items students require, which will be free to use, or purchasable at a discounted price.

University Checklist: Electronic items to bring

  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Laptop and laptop bag preparing for university checklist
  • Mouse
  • USB hard-drive or memory stick (Back up important documents)
  • Ethernet cable for laptop
  • Extension Lead
  • Spare Electrical Cables
  • Headphones
  • IPod or Airpod
  • Kindle or Notepad
  • Speakers (Portable)
  • Games console (You’ll regret it if you don’t!)
  • USB TV Stick
  • Batteries


TOP TIP:  Consider getting any valuable items you’ll be bringing with you to university insured. This will protect you and save money if any of those items become lost or stolen.

University Checklist: Kitchen Accessories

  • Cutlery set (knife, fork, spoons etc)
  • Crockery set (Plates, bowls etc)
  • Coffee/Tea mug
  • Drinking glass
  • Tin opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Knife set
  • Chopping board
  • Pots and pans
  • Frying pan and/or wok
  • Oven gloves
  • Backing tray
  • Other utensils (scissors, kitchen tongs, cheese grater, potato masher, potato peeler, ladle, spatula, whisk, measuring jug)
  • Other accessories (Tea Towels, Bin bags, Washing cloths and liquid, cling-film, tin-foil)
  • Student cook book
  • Essential snacks (Pig out, no ones looking!)


TOP TIP:  Only bring the essentials with you, then once you arrive at university arrange with your new housemates what items each person will buy

If your moving into student accommodation with shared kitchen facilities, many students end up sharing certain kitchen items such as pots/pans toasters etc. It usually makes more sense buying one of each item as a group and it also saves on limited kitchen space.

University Checklist: Bedroom Items

bedroom items

  • Pillows and pillow cases
  • Duvet and duvet cover
  • Bed sheets
  • Spare Blankets
  • Mattress protector
  • Coat Hangers
  • Laundry Basket
  • Desk Lamp, Fan & Bin
  • Floor Rug
  • Wall Clock
  • Cool Pictures or Posters
  • Family Photos


TOP TIP: Before purchasing any bedding, check with your landlord or halls of residence on the bed size. Many student halls provide standard single beds but it can vary depending on the type of room you rent and the type of student accommodation your moving into.

University Checklist: Bathroom Accessories

  • Shower gel
  • Hand soap
  • Washing cloth
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Hair dryer
  • Hand towels
  • Bath towel
  • Dressing gown
  • Flip flops
  • Nail Cutters
  • Toilet roll
  • Sanitary products
  • Small medical kit
  • Medication


TOP TIP: Carrying a small pack of tissues can always prove useful if an emergency crops up!!!

Uni Checklist: Clothing to take to uni

  • Underwear (boxers, pants, socks, tights and bras)
  • General clothing (T-shirts, tops, jumpers, dresses/skirts, jeans)
  • Smart clothing (shirts, ties, trousers, dresses)
  • Coats and jackets (Winter and Summer)
  • Footwear (shoes, trainers, boots, heels, slippers, flip-flops)
  • Gloves,hats and scarfs
  • Gym wear & Swimming
  • Night wear (Pyjamas, gowns, onesies)
  • Fancy dress outfits
  • Accessories (Belts, wrist-bands, watches, jewellery)


TOP TIP: If your planning on revamping your wardrobe, only take the items of clothing you’ll need and save some packing space. Once you get to uni and get your discount card you’ll be able to buy brand new clothes at a discount prices.

Compare the best student discount cards and Save Money!

University Checklist: Health and Medicine

University Checklist: Health and Medicine

  • Any prescriptions and medications
  • Details of your current GP and surgery
  • Glasses, contacts and prescriptions
  • Small First Aid Kid (plasters, cold and flu medication, allergy tablets, antibacterial wipes, pain killers)
  • Birth control pills and/or condoms
  • Multivitamins


TOP TIP: Ensure you register with a GP when you first get to uni. This will save you precious time and help you afford long  prolonged waits (think hours!) if you do become sick or injured and need to visit a doctor.

Miscellaneous Items to take to Uni

  • Cash
  • Padlocks
  • Lighter or matches
  • Vape
  • Decent small bag for books etc (ruck sack, handbag, man bag)
  • Peddle bike (with strong lock-chain and helmet)
  • Water Bottle
  • Thermal Flask
  • Umbrella
  • Hot water bottle
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Small sewing kit
  • Musical instruments
  • Religious texts
  • Home house keys
  • Playing cards
  • Board games


Some Other Useful Tips


If you don’t have access to a car or van and will be travelling on foot, consider travelling with a light load and only take the things you’ll need. Remember you can buy most of what you need once you get to uni and if you get your student discount card sorted out you’ll be able to buy some items cheaper. That pretty much covers everything you’ll need, we hope you found our preparing for university checklist useful.

If your still looking for student accommodation then check out our latest listings, it’s free to contact landlords and other students if you see any rooms or properties you like.

If your a student and looking for someone to take over your room or tenancy then you can post a free advert and advertise your student room or home. Get your free ad posted up in five simple steps.



Student Discount Cards UK – Saving Money Guide

Student Discount Cards UK

How to get student discount cards and which UK student discount cards are best!


Getting a student discount card is a necessity for many UK students, it’s a great way to save money on goods such as food, clothing, software, stationary, travel, and entertainment. In this post, we explain the benefits of student discount cards, show you how to get them, and review the various type of cards available to UK students.

What are Student Discount Cards?

Student discount cards entitle students to discounts on various types of products allowing students to save money and buy products or services at discounted prices. Discounts can range from anywhere between 5% and 90% from the original purchase price.

There are a variety of discount card types, each with their own benefits. Some, like the NUS Extra Card are small physical plastic cards (just like bank cards) which are usable in the high street. To use them you simply show your card to the member of staff in the store where your making your purchase. Others like the UNiDAYS card are more of an online scheme in the form of a web or mobile application, as opposed to a small plastic card. These provide primarily provide discounts when purchasing online products but can also be used in high street stores.

Before you make any purchase, always shop around and check if a student discount is available and that you have the correct card to qualify for the discount.

It’s possible for certain products to already be cheaper in a specific store than it would be even using your student discount. So it’s always worth spending that extra bit of time shopping around if your main aim is to save money.

What are the Benefits of Student Discount Cards?

Student Discoiunt Card UK

As well as offering discounts there are other benefits to using student discount cards which you may not have considered:

  • Can be used as a form of ID
  • Can be used both nationally (UK) and Globally (World Wide)
  • They allow for savings on a wide and varied range of products, goods and services such as:
    • Eating Out
    • Clothing
    • Cinema
    • Travel
    • Driving Lessons
    • Books and Stationery
    • Software and Tech
    • Car Insurance and Breakdown Cover
    • Health and Beauty

How much do They Cost?

It depends on the type of discount card you are going for. Some discount cards are free while others may charge up to £70, it all depends on the type of card and it’s validity period.

Although with some of the cards there is an initial cost, it’s worth taken into account the overall discounts provided, and checking if you’re likely to really use the card in order to benefit from the savings it provides. If you choose the correct card, in the long run, it can save you a fair amount of money.

Check out our comparison table below for a quick overview on the different discount card types and their benefits and prices.

How to get a Student Discount Card

This will vary depending on the type of card you apply for but typically, they involve filling in a short application form where you’ll need to confirm

  • Where it is your studying
  • The length of your current course.

Some may also request a copy of your student ID to be and sent over as a form of proof.

Check out a quick overview below and if you wish to find further information you can navigate to each of the sites using the links provided at the bottom of the table.

Student Discount Cards Comparison

CardTOTEM (NUS)UNiDAYS16-25 RailcardISIC18+ Student Oyster Card:
OverviewEntitles students to special discounts in most major high-street storesOnline discount app for both online and in-store discounts Offers discounts on rail travel to students aged 16-25The International Student Idenity Card offers students discounts worldwide Offers discount on travel for students studying in london
BenefitsNUS Approved
Lots of Brand Discounts
An endorsed Proof of ID Card (pay extra £2.99)
Free To Get
Brand Name Discounts
Mobile App
1/3 of Rail Fairs and Tickets

Various discounts avaiable from Experiance Days to Dining
150,000 Discounts
Mobile App and Plastic Card
International Recognised ID
Save 30% on adult-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets.
Price£12 - One Year
£22 - Two Years
From £14.99 with ID Card
FREE£30 - One Year
£70 - Three Years
£15 - £20 Per Year (Price Varies)

Discount Available if you have a NUS card
NUS Discount
Bonus OfferBuy a 2-yr membership card today give and get extra year FOR FREE!N/AVarious Offers Available - Check Offers Page
RailCard Offers
Various Offers Available - Check Offers Page
ISIC UK Offers
Valid until your course ends
WebsiteTotumUNiDAYSRailCardISIC Card

18+ Student Oyster Card


Other Places to Find Student Discounts

As well as discount cards listed in the comparison table, there are other places offering student deals and discounts which are worth checking out:

  • Student Discount Book – Offers a wide variety of student discounts, deals and student offers
  • Student Beans – Also offers a wide variety of student discounts, deals student offers with free information and advice around many relevant students topics
  • Save the Student – Provides free information and advice on ways to save money and make your money go further
  • Prime Student – Service from Amazon prime which provides student benefits  such as discount amazon prime as well as discounts on books and  some other Amazon goods and services

Student Discount Directory

Student Discount Directory – Save the student have a great student discount directory which lists out many currently available discounts. It can be a great way to save time when looking for a discount if you know what type of products or service your looking for for a discount on.

Student Broadband

Some Broadband providers offer savings for students. Check out our post on the Best Student Broadband Deals for further and guidance on choosing the right broadband package.

Free Student Advertising

If your a student and looking for someone to take over your room or tenancy then you can also save money by posting your advert with us for free. You can get your free ad posted up in five simple steps.

If your a student looking for accommodation, check out the listing in your area and contact landlords all for FREE.


Before purchasing any student discount card, take some time to consider if it’s worth your time and if your really going to benefit from it. Remember, always shop around before ever making a purchase to ensure your getting a good deal and try to avoid buying items or products on a whim which you may later regret buying.





Renting to Students – Things Every Student Landlord Should Consider


Renting to Students

Becoming a landlord and renting to students, things you should consider first


If your considering becoming a landlord and renting to students, in this article, we go over some important topics which every potential student landlord should consider.

Why you should be renting to students?

With over 2 million students studying throughout the UK and Ireland every year, student rentals can be a lucrative option for many landlords. We’ve previously gone over the pros and pitfalls of renting to students, so check that article out.

To quickly summarise:

  • You can maximise properties earning potential by renting out multiple rooms on individual occupancy contracts
  • The student market is fairly predictable with an influx of new and returning students returning year on year
  • Students, in general, tend to be less demanding in terms of what they expect and you don’t need to have the latest interior designs or furnishing


Which property types are best suited when renting to students?

Property location is one of the most important things to consider when choosing a student property. Ideally, you want a property with good transport links which provides access to universities, shops, bars and entertainment spots.

In regards to the type of property, ideally, you’d want to look at properties with 3+ bedrooms. Some students look to rent in large groups of up to 12 people but the majority tend to be in groups of 3-5. It’s also quite common to convert a dining room or attic/basement room into an addition student room which you can rent.

Having some form of communal area is fairly important, so it’s best to have at least one room where students can gather and congregate together. Other things which could be considered as ‘nice to have’s’ but not necessary a necessity, would be, parking space, a garden and multiple toilets/bathrooms.

Should landlords consider using Homes of Multiple Occupancy Contracts (HMO’s)

Compared to renting out the whole property on an individual tenancy, HMO’s can ensure less hassle for both the landlords and students.

It’s fairly common that some students will wish to cancel their tenancy, which can be for a multitude of reasons. HMO’s are useful as they place the responsibility of both rent payments and deposit onto each individual student. This means, if in the worst-case scenario, any individual student does wish to move, the responsibility to meet any contractual agreements lay with that particular student.

Another benefit of HMO’s, is that it also makes it easier to sublet rooms out over the summer months and make even more money renting to students.

You can find further information about HMO’s on the UK governments website.

When renting to students how should I furnish the student property?

Furnishing a student property when renting to students will be slightly different from furnishing regular accommodation. Students will expect a minimum range of furnishings in each of their individual rooms as well as the whole property itself. One benefit when it comes to furnishings is that you don’t need to spend too much money and can quite easy pack out your property with modern and stylish cheap furniture (think Ikea!).

Individual Student Rooms should have:

  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Wardrobe
  • Cupboards
  • Bed
  • Room Lock

The Student Home Or Student Apartment Should have:

  • Washing Machine / Dryer
  • Oven Cooker
  • Microwave
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Sofa
  • Hoover, Mop, Dustpan brush and basic cleaning items
  • Tools for any expected basic home or garden maintenance
  • Bins


What we have listed here is really just the minimum requirement in furnishings and equipment and you may need more than what we’ve listed, depending on the type of student your marketing too. We would advise doing some further research about renting to students and the various segments that the student market can be broken down into.

A good place to start would be to read the Student Accommodation Survey.

Knight Frank in collaboration with UCAS have produced the report. It provides insight into the opinions of over 60,000 students and how their university accommodation choices and preferences which can help landlords who rent to students or are considering renting to students, make more informed decision and plan more effectively when choosing student housing or property and deciding how to furnish them.

How can I be a good landlord when renting to students?

Renting to students is slightly different compared to renting to families or working individuals.

It’s important to realise, that for many students, this will be their first experience living independently. This can often result in students misunderstanding their own responsibilities as a tenant.

To help students better understand their own responsibilities, it can be a good idea to provide a welcome pack. These can be used to set out clear rules and each of the responsibilities the student has as a tenant.

The pack should contain:

  • Outlining of basic rules in easy to understand the language
  • Useful contact numbers
  • Bin collection dates
  • Appliance instructions
  • Home/garden maintenance expectations

Another way to be a good landlord is to be reliable and available when issues do arise, it will help greatly in building a good relationship with your student tenants. It’s important to remember that many students will refer other students to landlords that they have had good experiences with and if you have any social media or web presence, getting good reviews can help boost your reputation as a good landlord.

Being an unreliable landlord can have the opposite effect and with the rise of social media word can quickly spread. Receiving bad reviews or getting a bad reputation can have a negative impact on your student rental income and ability to rent to future students.

What is a Rental Exchange Scheme?

The Rental Exchange Scheme provided by allows student tenants to strengthen their own personal credit score and history by simply paying  their rent.

It’s also a great benefit to landlords, as it encourages students to ensure that their rent is paid on time.

Where can I advertise my student accommodation?

You can advertise your student properties here at DiggzHunter. All landlords get one free advert and it’s completely free for students to use. Check out further details about advertising with us here and get your free ad posted up in five simple steps.


The Best TV Online Options For Students 2020

Digital TV

TV Online – Digital TV package or Online Streaming Service

A favourite past time for many students (once studying is done!!) is binging on TV. We’ve put together a quick comparison guide to help you decide between choosing a digital TV package or online streaming service

Just a few years ago students only had a few options available when it came to watching TV Online. Now, with the rise of on-demand streaming, there are multiple options available depending on your needs. Streaming services aren’t the only option though and digital TV services can still prove a good money-saving choice depending on the type of broadband package you purchase.

In this article, we’ll look at the various options available and do a quick comparison to help you choose the best TV or streaming service which meets your personal needs.

On-Demand Streaming

The Pros 

Cheaper and Simpler

Online streaming services tend to be cheaper and it typically only takes minutes to get up and running and watching your desired content.


While watching content on streaming services your not going to be interrupted with adverts.

Content available on demand

You can watch desired content as and when you want as everything is available on demand.

The Cons

Desired Content  Not Available

It’s likely that the streaming service you choose won’t have all the desired content you wish to watch on it

Bandwidth and Buffering

Due to the content being streamed over an internet connection, at times users can experience issues with content pausing or becoming unavailable due to bandwidth speeds or connection issues.


As with any online service, there is a chance (although small) of your account being hacked and your personal data being stolen or used for fraudulent means.

Streaming Services 

AmazonPrime6-month free trial then £3.99 per month
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Apple-TV 7 day free trail then £4.99 per month
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now_tv From £3.99 per
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disneyplus£5.99 per month
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Digital TV

The Pros


If you get a TV and broadband package then all your bills will be conveniently paid together

Wide and varied Choice

Digital TV packages typically have a varied and wide choice of content with some providers even offering access to some of the streaming services.

Reliable and Secure

The chance of having your data compromised with a Digital TV service is extremely low and you can expect minimal disruption while watching content.

The Cons


Compared to streaming services, digital TV is typically more expensive but lately, companies have been offering cheaper deals.

Programs not always on demand

Content is typically shown on a schedule meaning you cant always just watch content as and when you choose to, and a bit of pre-planning is usually required even just to record your desired content.

Broadband TV Packages

The below table provides a general price comparison and shows the cheapest option available when adding a TV package as part of a broadband package.

Please note: We are displaying the cheapest option available out of all possible packages and deals. Prices and deals tend to change regularly so prices may not always be up to date.

ProviderSpeedContract LengthMonthly CostWebsite
BT Student Broadband25Mbps24 MonthsFrom £39.99Visit Now
Virgin Media Student Broadband54Mbps18 MonthsFrom £33Visit Now
Plusnet Student Broadband10Mbps18 MonthsFrom £24.98 Visit Now

On-Demand Streaming Breakdown




With Prime Student, you get access to Prime Video which is the UK’s second most popular streaming service and other prime services such as quick free delivery on amazon products and discounts on services such as prime music.

Popular Programmes and Movies

Thousands of hit movies and other hit programes such as Mr Robot, Outlander, Preacher, The Man in the High Castle, Vikings and Lucifer


You can stream content on up to 2 devices.

Cost Breakdown & Deals

As a student when you sign up you are given a free 6-month trial then pay £3.99 per month with the option to cancel at any time.

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Apple TV+ is new on the market when it comes to streaming services. Compared to its rivals doesn’t currently have the biggest choice of content. It does come with very high specs with everything being streamed in 4K ultra HD using Dobly Vision and 3D surround sound. The means if you have correct technical setup Apple TV+ can offer you the most immersive watching experience currently out there.

Popular Programmes and Movies

Currently, the content is limited but Apple TV+ has big plans with plenty of shows and movies coming up, a lot of them featuring big-name stars. Some notable content so far: Mythic Quest, Beastie Boys Story and The Shrink next Door.


You can stream content on up to 6 devices. It’s available to stream on any apple device, PC’s or smart TV’s. Unfortunately, it’s not yet available on Andriod or PS4. See all supported devices ->

Cost Breakdown & Deals

7-day free trial then £4.99 per month with a standard subscription. If you buy a new Apple device then you get 1 years free membership.

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NowTV is a streaming service offered by Sky. It allows users access to exclusive Sky content without needing a satellite dish or Digi box. It’ works by offering subscription-based  ‘passes’ which are divided across subject areas and can be tailored to your own viewing habits.

The default streaming resolution isn’t the best at only 720p, and an extra £3 a month unlocks 1080p streaming with the ability to stream on three devices rather than two.  Depending on your needs it can either be very cheap or a bit pricey but overall the quality and quantity of content you have access to is pretty good.

Popular Programmes and Movies

The content you get will depend on the type of pass(s) you subscribe too. You can mix and match pass to meet your own viewing needs and cheaper bundles are available on some passes.

With the entertainment pass, you would have access to Sky One, Sky Witness, Sky Atlantic, Sky Comedy, Gold, Comedy Central, SYFY, Fox, MTV, Discovery, Pick, Challenge, Nat Geo Wild, and Vice.

With the sky cinema pass, you would have on-demand access to 1,000+ movies which includes both movie classics and new releases.

The Hayu pass is great if you want access to both sky tv channels and on-demand streaming service

See more about passes and available bundles ->


You can stream content on up to 2 devices or 3 with a boost for £3 a month extra. It’s available to stream on Android, Apple, Roku, PlayStation, Xbox, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Smart TVs, YouView, BT TV Box, Now TV, web browsers, PC’s or smart TV’s

Cost Breakdown & Deals

Free 7 day trial then pay a monthly subscription.

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Popular Programmes and Movies

Users have access to the full Disney catalogue as well as the Star Wars saga, all Marvel and Pixar Films and all episodes of the Simpsons. Disney+ are also producing their own original content such as The Mandalorian, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Wandavision. Although currently limited in content it may be a good alternative for some.


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Renting for Students Guide – The Pro’s and Pitfalls

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Pro’s and Con’s when renting for students


With over 2 million students studying throughout the UK and Ireland, student rentals can be a lucrative option for many landlords. In this part of our of student landlord guide, we take you through the pros and pitfalls that student landlords typically face when renting for students

Student Rental Guides:

Renting To Students – Common Questions and Things to Consider


The Pros of Renting For Students

Higher Yields

High Yeilds

There’s a possibility to receive a higher return from your property when renting for students compared to renting to normal tenants. As a student landlord, you can rent out rooms individually and convert dining rooms or attic rooms into student bedrooms. If a property is occupied by 3 or more tenants, then this is referred to as a HMO (Houses in Multiple Occupations) and if you rent out individual rooms to 5 or more students, then a licence is required.

Although the rent on each room individually may appear low, returns from multiple students in a single property can be very lucrative.

Read more about HMO’s and your legal responsibilities

Less Demanding Tenants

Students, in general, tend to be less demanding in terms of what they expect and you don’t need to have the latest interior designs or furnishings. There’s a current trend with certain segments of the student market to go for high-end accommodation but these are still the minority. The majority of students are just looking for a safe, comfortable and affordable place to live.

Growing Market

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Over the last few years, student numbers have been growing year on year creating a higher demand for student accommodation. Although COVID has created what could be considered a blip during 2020/21, demand is likely to pick back up meaning it’s a fairly safe investment providing you choose the right student accommodation in the correct location.

The student accommodation sector remains strong and is considerably less volatile than other areas of the property market. With increasing student numbers, the demand for student lettings is higher than ever. The standard need for a guarantor, often a parent, is another reason why student lettings remain secure. This predictable market is a great opportunity for potential student landlords to secure lucrative rental yields and a regular healthy income.


With student tenancies typically lasting 9-12 months and a new intake of students arriving each year the market is fairly predictable and can provide student landlords with some stability and the ability to plan ahead.

The Pitfalls of Renting For Students


Late Rental Payments

Students finances often come in the form of loans or grants which are sometimes received later than anticipated. As a student landlord, it’s best to provide some flexibility and anticipate for late payments without forcing students to pay additional charges.

One way to deter students who purposefully miss payments is by having guarantors in place.

Property Damage and Maintenance

For many students, this will be their first experience living independently. This often results in a higher workload for student landlords as students often misunderstand their own responsibilities as a tenant which can also increase the likelihood of damage occurring.

Having a security deposit in place is a good idea and also ensuring you have guarantors on the tenancy agreement.

To help the student understand their own responsibilities, it can be a good idea to provide a welcome pack. These can be used to set out clear rules and the responsibilities the student has as a tenant. Also proving useful contact numbers, bin collection dates, appliance instructions etc and anything else to aid in settling in can help in reducing workload.

Noise Complaints

renting for studentsIt’s generally knowing that students like to have parties and can be loud. Although this is all part of the student experience, it can sometimes result in complaints from neighbours.

Ensure you have policies in the tenancy agreement which clearly outline specific times it’s expected any noise will be kept to a minimum and that respect is to be given to neighbours.

If you receive complaints from neighbours, give them your backing to speak with the students directly. You can also assure them that it’s not something you as the landlord will tolerate.

Quiet And Empty Periods

University courses typically run for 9 months of the year with breaks occurring at Christmas and during the summer months. As a student landlord, it’s best to make allowances for theses empty periods and ensure your insurance covers these times.

The summer months can be a great time to carry out any maintenance or property upgrades before the next intake of students.

High Turnover

Typically, students stay in halls of residence for their first year of university. They then move into private student lettings for the remainder of their course. During this period many students drop out of university for varying reasons, so it’s something which needs to be taken into account.


In certain towns and cities, student accommodation is becoming a saturated market. In some areas such as Manchester or Liverpool, many private student properties are lying dormant. With the arrival of PBSA’s (Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) competition to find student rentals has become fierce.

The good news is PBSA’s don’t seem to be as popular as initially predicted and have become un-affordable for many students who are now opting for cheaper private student lettings.

A few things which can help your student property stand out are:

  • Make it Affordable
  • Ensure your property is comfortable to live in and secure
  • Buy in locations with direct links to universities and easy access to supermarkets, cafes and bars


Last but not least, if you already own a student property or have a student room which your looking to rent out and want to reach a wide pool of students, you can place a free advert with us in 5 easy steps

If you have multiple student properties you wish to rent out then check out our flexible packages.

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Best Student Broadband Deals 2021 – Save Money

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A Breakdown of the Best Student Broadband Deals 2021


Every student wants fast, reliable and affordable broadband running through their student home. To help save you time while searching, we’ve put together a list of the best student broadband deals out there.

Student Broadband Guide: Things to Consider

Before you start searching for the best student broadband deals, there are a few worth being aware of and taking into account.

Understanding broadband speeds, data limits and the types of contracts available will help you in selecting the best student wifi packages.

Aimed with this understanding, you’ll be able to select the best packages which best match you and your housemates needs

Broadband Speed & Housemates

student internet

Download speed is very important and standard broadband packages typically provide download speeds of 17Mps.

This level of speed is suitable for a house of up to 3 people. If you have any more than 3 housemates and you’ll ideally want to be looking at faster broadband speeds.

If you require the best speeds possible, look at fibre optic packages. Fibre broadband provides lightning fast internet and download speeds and is a great option for students sharing a home of 4 or more people.

Package Data Limits

You’ll need to consider how often you or your housemates are going to be streaming or downloading data. In our experience, students tend to be using their home internet all the time so we would suggest looking for unlimited data packages.

Unlimited data will give you some peace of mind and you won’t run into the issue of hitting any data caps, there’s nothing more annoying than having your internet cut off just when you really needed it to carry out some research, even worse if your halfway through an epic Netflix episode.

Although you may pay a bit more initially, it can be a lot cheaper to choose unlimited data than hitting a data cap, then having to pay out extra.

Contract Length

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Most contracts in the UK last for 12 to 18-months. There are a few 9-month contracts available but overall there not necessarily any cheaper than a 12-month contract. 18-month contracts can still be ok, you just need to calculate the overall cost and if you do plan on cancelling early work out the cancellation costs.

We’d advise going for 12-month contracts where possible as they seem to offer the best value.

Broadband Packages Overview

ProviderSpeedContract LengthCost (Inc Fees)Website
John Lewis Student Broadband10 Mbps 12 Month£16Visit Site
Hyperoptic Student Broadband50 Mbps12 Month£22Visit Site
Plusnet Student Broadband10 Mbps 18 Month£15Visit Site
Virgin Media Student Broadband54 Mbps (Fiber)18 Month£30Visit Site
BT Student Broadband50 Mbps (Fiber)24 Month£28Visit Site


Useful Tips to Save a Few £’s

  • Ideally  select packages which have unlimited data
  • Always enquire about other hidden charges before taking out a package
  • Where possible use paperless billing
  • Pay for you broadband package upfront
  • Cancelling your contract early may work out cheaper than continuing


Other Things to consider

Line Rental

Requiring a landline is gradually declining but whether you need one or not will depend on the package and provider you choose and most providers will include the cost of line rental to the package cost. If you go for a package which uses either 5G or fibre optics then you won’t require a landline.

Buying a Router

Most broadband packages will provide you with a bog-standard router (and sometimes charge extra). To get the most out of your wifi it can be worth buying a faster more Powerful Router

Installation Time

Typically it will take up to 2 weeks if going for a standard phone line connection but with 5G or fibre it’s possible to be connected sooner.

Always ask your provider how long this will take before deciding on a package some properties may take longer than the standard 2 weeks.

Check Your Broadband Speed

Once you’ve got your broadband up and running you can run a quick speed test and check both the upload and download speeds. Speeds can vary depending on the time of day so run a few checks at different times. If your speed is below what your chosen provider advertised, get in touch and let them know as there may actually be an issue. Use this tool to run a quick test

Digital TV

If you’re considering getting digital TV package, it’s definitely worth looking into all in one Broadband and TV bundles as these can potentially be a good cost-saving.


There are many Student wifi packages out there, hopefully, we’ve helped you in narrowing down your search.

If you’re still looking for a student home you can use our a site to find for your ideal student home.





Advertise a Student Spare Room or Property – Tips to Stand Out

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The correct way to advertise a student spare room or property

A quick internet search shows competition to rent a student spare room or student property is fairly fierce. In this post, we’ve put together some useful tips which if used, will help your spare student room advert or student property stand out!

Create a Catchy Advert Title

Advert titles should be short and descriptive, which will quickly allow students to get a good feel about what’s being offered.  A common mistake we see from many landlords advertising a student spare room or property is advert titles which are too short and undescriptive, or advert titles that contain far too much detail.

Take a look at the examples below to see an illustration of these common mistakes:

Bad Title Examples

  • Too Short and Undescriptive: Student Spare Room Available
  • Too Long, and To Much Detail: Student Spare Room available for rent to students in a five-bedroom home and lovely housemate located in Manchester with En-suite and all Bills Included


Remember you don’t normally need to include too many descriptive details in the title. Some details will be covered elsewhere in the advert, others like the location will be filtered out when in search results.

Good Title Example 

  • Readable Length and Descriptive: Student Spare Room in Modern Home with En-suite, Bills included


This advert title isn’t too long but highlights the main key features students will likely be interested in.

Use Quality Images

Student Spare Room

The old saying.. ‘A picture speaks a thousand words’ has some truth to it. It should come as no surprise that ads with pictures have better conversion rates. Another important point to consider is using pictures which show the room or property in it’s best possible light.

Images should be bright and clear and the room should be tidy and clutter-free. If you have a student home with multiple rooms, use a cosy or modern-looking room as the main image. To crop or edit your images use a tool like photoresizer

Focus On Selling Points

When adding advert details, concentrate on the selling points, this could be plasma TV’s in each room, inclusive bills, a great location etc. Each room or property will have it’s own unique selling points and it’s important to point these out.

Provide As Much Info As Possible

Student Spare Room

Where possible, provide as much info as you can in your advert. Most student accommodation platforms, like DiggzHunter will prompt you with fields which cover various information points students are interested in.

When creating your advert, not all fields will be mandatory but filling in as many as possible will be helpful to students and adverts that do so are likely to fill more quickly.

Keep Descriptions Brief and Precise

Having taken onboard each of the above points, you want to keep your overall description as brief and precise as possible, too wordy and people will move on, too short and they may just ignore your ad. Ad descriptions are a great chance to provide info on those unique selling points and any other points which the mandatory fields haven’t covered.

Also important is correct grammar and spelling, a useful tool is something like Grammarly.

Keep Your Advert Updated

Student Spare Room

It’s important to update the state of your room or property, this has two benefits:

  • You won’t be contacted by students about a property which is already rented
  • Students won’t be put off when they discover you haven’t bothered to update your listings

We understand that leaving adverts running can be beneficial in terms of visibility. Here at Diggzhunter, we provide an option which allows you to mark your advert as rented. This provides the benefit of visibility but also lets students know that the room or property is no longer available.

Where to Advertise a Student Spare Room?

That pretty much sums everything up. If you apply each of these steps then you’ll be one step closer to getting your advert noticed and rented out.

If you have a spare student room or a student property you’re looking to rent out and would like to reach a wide pool of students, you can do so here at DiggzHunter for Free. Simply sign up and create your free listing. and get your student room or student home noticed.









Choosing Student Accommodation – Checklist

Chooosing Student Accommodation

Things you should check when choosing student accommodation!

Choosing student accommodation can be fairly time consuming. It can also cost you money if you make the wrong choice. In order to help you get ahead in the race to finding student accommodation we have put together a checklist every student should go through before choosing their next student home.


List your requirements and ask questions

Student Accommodation Requirements

Before you arrange a viewing put together a list of your requirements. When you reach out to the landlord or agent ask them on each of your requirements. This will save time for both you and the landlord when choosing student accommodation.

Choosing Student Accommodation – Work Out Your Budget

Student Accommodation Budget

This one may seem obvious but for many student it can be tempting to want to live in luxury student accommodation. Although it will look amazing and provide bragging rights, it can also leave you with a tight budget and increase your student debts. Try to stick to a student property you can genuinely afford. To help calcuate your renting budget, give this Rent Calculator a go.

Location Location Location

Things to consider in regards to the location are:

  • How easy is it for you to get to your campus
  • Are there decent transport links
  • Are there plenty of shops and supermarkets nearby
  • Is the area deemed safe, is the area noisy etc.

While viewing, it’s also worth taken a stroll and getting a feel for the area, you can also do this beforehand using something like google maps.

Record your Visit

Recording Student Home Viewings

Often during a visit, there’s lots to take in and you may not notice everything. Use your phone to record your visit so you can review back the footage later. This is also useful if you’re viewing on behalf of others.

Choosing Student Accommodation – Check for Damp 

Damp can be a real nightmare which leads to damaged clothes, a bad smell and potential health issues. Check walls, ceilings and skirting boards for mould or watermarks and if the room feels cold or looks newly painted, give the walls a touch and ensure that they’re dry.

Fixtures and Fittings

Check things like curtains, desks, and chairs are included and there are a sufficient number of power points in each of the rooms. It can be frustrating to suddenly realize your room has a limited number of power points.

Heating and Insulating

Heating and Insulation

During the winter months trying to study in a cold house can be frustrating and uncomfortable. Things to check for are double glazed windows, well-spaced heating systems, secure doors and windows and no signs of damp on walls and ceilings. 

Electrical Appliances and Whitegoods

The last thing you want is to move into a home which is missing or has inadequate white goods such as a small fridge or no washing machine or freezer. Double-check these are included and meet your expected requirements.

Choosing Student Accommodation – Bills

Student Bills

Energy bills can be one of the biggest costs students face. If bills are included in your rent, great but check if there are any max limits and find out how you’d make payments if those limits are reached. If not included, ask for the energy efficiency rating which can give you an idea on monthly costs.

Some landlords also include broadband as part of the rent or offer to give a reduction in price. It’s worth checking if there is an existing landline in the property. If you do require broadband check out our overview on the best student broadband deals and save some money.

View in person

We’d recommend where possible to always view the property in person, it’s a fairly big risk to accept a property without seeing it yourself. Sometimes a friend may view on your behalf, other times you just can’t get there for various reasons. If you genuinely cant view it yourself in person, get as many details as possible and do some research to check all is legit. 

Revisit If Needed

If you’ve done all the above but are still undecided you can always arrange for a second viewing, sometimes on the second viewing you’ll see things you didn’t notice the first time around, a second viewing can also put you at ease and help you reach a decision.

Where to Find Student Accommodation

Here at DiggzHunter, we have a wide range of student properties, start searching to find your perfect student diggz.





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