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Renting Smart: Real People, Real Experiences

Renting Smart with Amy: Real people, real experiences This week on Renting Smart with Amy, I have been able to interview a few of my friends in order to gauge their experience renting off campus. A few that I’ve heard are indeed quite disappointing to say the least, it’s disappointing because students deserve to be treated with respect instead of the overbearing, threatening behavior that most of us feel when dealing with landlords. So, some of the responses that I have received is along the lines of having felt threatened by landlords, in two cases, Nikki and Cassie (not real names), have been threatened by their landlords in an almost subtle way suggesting that if they were to bring in any legalities in the way that he treated them or in the way that the house conditions were, that he would make them pay for it, even saying that there was a previous tenant who did that and she faced what she “deserved”. Although owner A did not explicitly state that they would physically harm the tenants, but this kind of verbal abuse is often faced by tenants, I know I have faced this myself. Being a student, having so […]

Campus Vs Escape: Shops

Campus Versus Escape: Shops Food Anyone who knows me, knows I love food so it’s only natural for me to begin with food options and to be fair to Lancaster University, it has a decent selection of food on campus. In fact, across the last three years I dread to think how much of my student loan has been spent on food just from late evenings on campus where I’ve been a bit too peckish for my own good. As much as I’d like to tell you where is my favourite, I don’t have one, but I will give honourable mentions to Fylde Bar, GoBurrito, Subway and of course Greggs (and recommend their rewards app) who currently stake the largest claims on my bank account. Unfortunately though, this isn’t the cheapest way to sustain yourself so sooner or later you have to turn to other means of filling your belly. The Spar on campus isn’t the most help in this regard, whilst it does have some fresh food it’s selection isn’t that extensive and even then, it’s still pricey. You could always get the Sainsbury’s bus into town but who really wants to lug all of their week’s food back […]

Renting Smart: When to rent

Renting Smart: When to rent Hello there, so this week on Amy’s Guide to Renting Smart, we’re going to talk about choosing the best time to rent. Previously, I have spoken about my personal experience renting with private landlords and I thought it would be good to talk about some other factors that may influence your decision before choosing to rent. You’ve come to Lancaster to university, maybe never having lived on your own before, certainly not in student accommodation, you meet lovely people on nights-out, maybe they live in your flat, your college or maybe they’re a few of your course mates that you have gotten along very well with within the past few weeks. So, around this time of the year, Lancaster University and the University of Cumbria will start sending around emails for you to secure your accommodation for next year and at the same time, you’re contemplating as to whether or not to stay on campus or to move off campus with the friends you’ve met. Don’t be pressured You’ll face times where you go to rent a student house and the landlord would tell you that there are a few other people looking at the […]

Campus Vs Escape: Accommodation

Escape Vs Campus: Accommodation Feel at home For all the awards Lancaster Universities accommodation gets, I never called my room on campus ‘home.’ I thought that my halls always had a slightly clinical feel, with all the white walls and grey carpets. To make things worse, since I had to move out during Easter, any decorations and homely objects had to be temporary additions as opposed to permanent fixtures. If you Escape Campus it is totally different; when I get back to my house this year it feels like coming home. Coming in after a long day at university and being able to collapse into my double bed or onto the sofa with my friends is the height of comfort.   Chose your facilities In our building on campus the kitchen fixtures were a bit of a lottery. We found you might end up with an oven from the Stone Age or a freezer which leaks, our flat had both. Whilst you can chose which building you are in when you stay on campus you don’t know which flat you’ll get, meaning you have no clue what state your kitchen will be in. We found  that if you ask for them […]

Guide to Renting Smart

This week on Escape Campus: Amy’s Guide to Renting Smart So, this week on Escape Campus, I’m going to tell you a little bit about my experience of living in Lancaster as a student. To give a little bit of a background as to who I am and what I do, I’m a Master’s student which means that it’s my 4th year in Lancaster. Completely switched courses from the sciences to doing a management degree and now, I’m contemplating either to do a PhD or to find a job first. This week, I felt that I should share my personal renting experience just so that I’m able to establish grounds for my series that I have running here. Without further ado, let’s get into the video for an interactive experience where you would be able to get to know me better. Now that you’ve been able to listen to a snippet of my experience whilst being at Lancaster, I think it’s good for me to take this time to let you know that it’s really important for you to rent with a verified landlord and Escape Campus helps as you know all their landlords are verified and you can find […]

Campus Vs Escape: Nights out

All Lancaster students have their own rituals when it comes to pre-drinking for a night out, for us it was always ring of fire followed by a game of park the bus and beer pong (yes, it’s cliché I know) and as I’ve made it to my third year the routine might as well be set in stone at this point. Now, whilst many of my favourite memories from my first year were when we were packed into our little campus kitchen, such as the infamous shots only night, only having the uncomfortable kitchen chairs and barely any space made our pre-d rinks not so enjoyable. In fact, the lack of communal areas in most on campus accommodation makes socialising on campus a less enjoyable experience than it could be. Being able to pre-drink in a living room on the other hand is so much nicer, having sofas to sit on, a tele to set up a visualizer on and a permanent space for your flat’s speakers instead of shuffling them away so everyone can make food the next morning (or afternoon) when you decide to roll out of bed. Everybody knows that a Lancaster student’s primary concern is the […]

Free Rent

Each and every student who rents a property from Escape Campus is entered into a draw to win a month’s free rent, when the term starts. To be in with a chance of getting the new academic year off to a cracking start, simply look over our properties, pick ones you’d like to view and sign up with your housemates for 2017/18!! It really could not be simpler. If you’ve any questions about this offer, or want to book a viewing of one of our houses, simply call us on 01524 926326 or email us at hello@escapecampus.com and we’ll do what we can to help you.

Know your rights

Amy Isabella Ocelot If you’ve lived in an off-campus rented accommodation, are thinking of moving off-campus or if you’re like me who has lived in multiple rented properties, one thing you would be sure to notice is that most landlords are out there to get your money. It’s certainly a lucrative business; they rent out the house, you pay them and half of the time — if you’ve had landlords from hell like my previous ones — you’d know that they take ages to repair a lightbulb which you could easily do by yourself. Now, we all know we could make quick fixes here and there every now and then, but with studies and some of us having part time jobs, it gets pretty hectic quite quickly to find the time to do anything. Additionally, if you rent with friends or random housemates, it could get even more frustrating when rubbish is left everywhere or you just have dishes piling up. The problem, however, comes when you’re moving out. Remember the £150 or maybe even £250 deposit that your landlord takes from you? They start finding faults at every corner of the house, even if they were already there before […]

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