With 38% of students living in a privately-rented house or flat, and 19% in halls, flats or houses run by universities, student accommodation is a huge market within the property industry.
Any university student can live in student accommodation, whether it’s privately rented flats/homes or resident halls run by the university.
Not only is there a high demand for these types of accommodation, but the upkeep of the properties is essential. Smarter Services have experience in property management for student accommodation, having worked with A2Dominion.
Here at Smarter Services, we are providing our top tips for managing student accommodation efficiently.
Regular Cleaning Services
In communal areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and living spaces, there is more chance for dirt to accumulate. Providing regular cleaning of communal areas keeps student room standards high and mighty. According to AUDE’s latest survey, almost 61% of university students stated the desire for quality student accommodation facilities, and a regular cleaning process is an ideal solution.
Regular cleaning also helps student accommodation avoid any dirt that could cause long term damage to surfaces. Lessening the amount of cleaning needed once occupants move out. According to a study by ‘The Student Accommodation Survey,’ most students say they appreciated having their own bathroom areas and noticed when the property was cleaned well.
With thousands of students moving out each summer, constant cleaning of all corridors, kitchens, bathrooms, studio flats and common areas is a necessity to make the changeover process much easier for when thousands of students move back in.
Prioritise Property Repairs
If simple repairs go ignored, they can worsen over time, this will raise repair replacement bills, and leave the current and future residents disappointed. Even basic faults or small areas that need attention can cause issues if not dealt with quickly. Fixing maintenance problems accordingly prevents possible complaints from key workers and students.
Landlords and universities, depending on the accommodation, are responsible for repairing the central areas, such as entrance halls, communal kitchens, and living spaces.
Student accommodation cleaning requires sensitive staff as they are entering people’s living spaces, tidying personal rooms or cleaning communal kitchens and bathrooms. It is important to choose the right staff for these roles, and ensure they all have had relevant training. All employees at Smarter Services have DBS checks and an introduction to the site ahead of their starting date.
Proper planning is essential. We thoroughly prepare staff and ensure all consumables and equipment are ready a week ahead of the contract start date. We also keep dedicated managers on site, to ensure good time-keeping, and that we maintain expected high standards.
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