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Student Roost Review

Written by Sam | July 13, 2021

In this blog, what I want to do is review Student Roost. I don’t want to review each one of their locations because they might add or take some away, however, they will all be a reflection of their brand and company that sits behind the student accommodation.

If there is something you want to know and I haven’t included it, please let me know and then I can add it into this review and future ones!

The Company: Student Roost

Student Roost is a big company in terms of operators. They have buildings in 20 cities currently and they are still looking to expand from what I can see.

As a brand and company, they stick to good service and aim to replicate that in all their buildings, which I imagine must be more difficult than it looks. They don’t offer every single added extra you see in some student accommodations. However, they do have a big focus on design in all their accommodations. They make sure that what they are putting in their accommodation is going to suit students, make them feel at home, allow them to have fun and socialise in a space that makes them feel comfortable and isn’t dull!

If you want to read more about Student Roost and what they stand for as a company you can read all about them here: About Student Roost

Student Roost’s Accommodation Locations

Currently they have accommodations in:

  • Aberdeen
  • Bath
  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Bournemouth
  • Chester
  • Coventry
  • Durham
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Leicester
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Newcastle
  • Nottingham
  • Sheffield
  • Southampton
  • Swansea
  • Wrexham
  • York

Again, in some locations, they will have more than one building in the city and that means they will have more than what is just on this list. Roughly, they have a capacity for 25,000 students (very roughly) and this will more than likely go up.

Accommodation Review

Inside their accommodations a lot of their focus is based on the social space in the communal areas. This is because they want to design a space that is inviting and comfortable for students to use the space. They host plenty of events in those areas to make the most of them.

To be fair to Student Roost, from what I can see they have managed to replicate a lot of their successes in each of their buildings which is no small task.

Their rooms have all the essentials in them such as desk, chair, storage and in the studios, they have made the most of the space. If I was a student again, I wouldn’t mind living in one of their rooms.

Here is an example of what you get included in your room, this is taken from their building in Southampton:

Student Roost Features
Student Roost Features

Processes and Systems

This probably the less exciting part of the review, however, it is one that should hold a big weight in your decision.

Cancellation – If the cancellation is genuine, then the policy is really quite flexible, especially if you give enough time to re-book the room. For example, if you didn’t get the grades, a visa or had to drop out for an extenuating circumstance then they are really helpful. For a genuine cancellation it could cost you nothing, however, if you have decided not to attend or switch to another provider then you would be held to your signed contract. If they can fill your room or you have someone else to move in, it could mean a full take over of the contract and no money lost. However, unless it’s for a genuine reason I think that is completely fair to pay a fee.

Please make sure that you read their cancellation policy before you book!

Booking – This can be done on their website, I haven’t been through the whole process with them, however, it looks like a lot of other providers where you choose your room, input your details, guarantor and deposit and then go on to reserve your room. It can all be done on their website which is simple enough!

Communications with students – I think they have a good level of communication with students. Again, I haven’t seen a massive amount, but they keep students in the loop most likely through their portals and by using group chats and then on social media as well.

Events – They do have events for students, the best place to see what these are like is social media and instagram!


Personally, when a company gets to a certain size I start to question if they can maintain the standard which they had at the start. With Student Roost, I think they have done that. There are some other providers that have gone very much corporate and lost touch with students more than anything, however, Student Roost is one of the ones that has managed to keep that touch as it grows.

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