Finding somewhere to live whilst at University is an important experience, from moving into or out of Halls, finding like-minded housemates and getting the contract signed and sealed. However, not everyone has a good time undertaking this task and problems can arise during your year. That’s why the Students’ Guild are launching the Move Smart campaign. This campaign will support you from your first year to your last, helping you to stay safe, live happy and study well. We know that your wellbeing starts with where you live and we’re here to help make Exeter your new home.
Our campaign aims are;
• To provide you with the knowledge, support and opportunities to find the right accommodation and housemates for you.
• To empower you with the knowledge of your legal rights as a tenant and to support you in case of disputes.
• To work with Exeter City Council and external partners to improve the quality and affordability of accommodation on offer for students.
• To campaign for a safe and considerate approach to student tenancies during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The campaign is here to raise awareness of all elements of housing that students need to look out for. We have developed a wealth of information to advise and support students, however these resources are often only utilised once an issue or problem has occurred; which is too late. We need to break this cycle and ensure students are well informed and educated from start to finish of their housing journey to minimise problems and conflict in the future.
The campaign will deliver a range of events, information, and opportunities for students to get involved with to support your whole journey from finding housemates to moving out of your accommodation.
The Smart Move campaign will launch in November 2020 and run until August 2021. We will be focusing on these three key periods;
Take Your Time to Sign – November 2020 – January 2021
Encouraging you to take you time before making any commitments and signing a contract, whilst helping you to understand your rights as a prospective tenant.
Smart Search – January 2021 – March 2021
Connecting you to accommodation providers, supporting you to sign your contract with confidence and helping you find your flatmates
On the Move – May 2021 – August 2021
Supporting you to move out of your accommodation, getting your deposit back and resolving any issues that might arise, ready for you to enjoy the vacation!
Take your Time to Sign
The first part of our Move Smart campaign is called Take your Time to Sign and we mean it. The housing market in Exeter has all types of student accommodation , from agents representing many landlords, individual landlords, to purpose built student accommodation. Understandably they want as many students to sign up for housing as early as possible guaranteeing them rental income for the following year. This can mean that students feel pressured to sign contracts for housing that isn’t right for them, so we are urging you to TAKE YOUR TIME TO SIGN.