New ‘Find a Housemate’ tool for students
Massive congratulations if you’ve just secured a place at uni, but if you went through clearing or secured a last-minute offer there’s a chance you might not be able to get a room in a university hall, as places at some are extremely limited.
So where are you going to live?
Fortunately, many cities have lots of privately-owned student accommodation and individual rooms are advertised on specialist sites like accommodationforstudents.com, padsforstudents.co.uk and student.spareroom.co.uk.
However, many student houses and flats have already been snapped up by August, and it can be hard to find a single room in a shared property. Also, it can be daunting moving into a property with strangers, no?
The best option is to buddy up with other first-year students, but how do you do that before you’ve started at uni and haven’t made any friends?
Well, student accommodation site StudentTenant.com believes it has come up with a solution with a new ‘Find a housemate’ tool, which aims to match those looking for accommodation with like-minded young people.
StudentTenant.com managing director Danielle Cullen said: “Once university students have successfully secured a place at university, they must prioritise securing accommodation as a matter of urgency.
“Every year we experience a surge in demand for student properties in August, as thousands of students from clearing opt to use our service to secure accommodation for the year.
“Fortunately, there are still options when it comes to privately-owned accommodation, but it’s not always an easy ride for individual students.
“A difficulty students are often faced with when booking privately rented houses is the ability to book individual rooms, as many landlords prefer group bookings over individual room bookings. It’s a huge problem for new students heading to university. It’s likely they won’t know anyone at the university they have secured a place at, and can often struggle to find the right people to live with when attempting to form a group with strangers.
“Students have never had an easy way to group together, and are usually left to use social networking sites to try and find housemates in a plethora of panic and madness. Until now.”
The new “Find a housemate” tool, released today, automatically matches students together based on their preferences, similar to a dating app. This is based on their university and location, interests, values, and the type of housemate they would like to live with, said StudentTenant.com
Each matched user is rated by a percentage match, and the more matching answers the two users have, the higher percentage match. If students would like to browse other users on the platform, they can use the filter function to look through and find anyone they think would be the perfect property partner.
Once students have been matched, they are free to directly message each other on the platform, and organise booking a property.
“Every year we are faced with so many individual students struggling to find somewhere to live, as landlords just refuse to accept them,” added Cullen. There’s currently no other tool like this on the market, so we wanted to create something to really streamline the process – particularly during such stressful times like clearing. Often students have no idea where to start, so we tried to make it as simple as possible.”