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Host Students Review

Written by Sam | July 26, 2021

In this blog, what I want to do is review Host Students. 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: Host Students

Host is quite a big company and by that, I mean they have quite a few beds under their ownership and management. They work with quite a few universities to manage their accommodations and also have a few of their own.

As a brand and company, what I see from them is that they want to offer a great simple service without having all nice and fancy extra bits. They prioritise having everything included in your rent and having a focus on health and safety.

Host still have events, they have the bills included, they have the gyms where space allows and everything that has now become a standard but they focus on the service they offer.

Here is a snippet from their website:

Look inside any of our properties and you’ll discover a comfortable, stylish and safe place to live. Somewhere welcoming and supportive. Happy and relaxed. A place to make the most of being a student. A home.

Host Students

Finally, for this section Host do have a good blog section, they don’t just focus on their accommodations they give a lot of advice about joining university, what you need for student accommodation, how to stay productive and wellbeing which is very important at university.

Host Students Accommodation Locations

Currently, they have accommodations in:

  • Bath
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Cambridge
  • Cardiff
  • Carlisle
  • Chester
  • Colchester
  • Coventry
  • Dublin
  • Exeter
  • Huddersfield
  • Leicester
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Nottingham
  • Oxford
  • Plymouth
  • Sheffield
  • Southampton
  • Wolverhampton

In terms of the location in the city, they aim to get around the university and city centre, like most will do and there will be big competition in those areas. Host do have some accommodations in Locations that you might not expect and they also have more than one accommodation in some cities!

However, the locations they do have, are focused on making everything easy for their students, which is the aim of all good quality PBSA providers.

Accommodation Review

Their accommodation is based on being in a good location and having a good level of service over all the nice fancy things you find in other accommodations. Which one you prefer is completely down to you!

They still have the games rooms and have events which the accommodation managers hold, however, their studios, en-suites and all their other types of rooms are made to last with plenty of storage, desk and chair.

They do tend to have a lot of room types with a lot of different pricings in there, which is good for students because it gives you a lot of variety. The main differences you will find are whether you want a studio, en-suite or a bigger room.

Here is an example of what you get in a room in Exeter, there are more perks that come with the building, this is just the room itself!

Host features
Host features

Processes and Systems

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

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.

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

Booking – This is super simple. You can book on their website and it will give you their price for the room and break it down to month, year and contract length. After you’ve initially processed the booking via their website, you just need to follow a few simple steps to confirm your identity, University details, choose what rent payment term you want and then sign your contract. If you need a guarantor then you also need these details as well to complete the booking.

Communications with students – During COVID they have done quite well. They have kept students in the loop and in normal life they communicate mainly through the accommodation managers and their online portal. Coming out they have made sure that they are keeping everyone up to date on what they require when booking your next room.

Events – They do hold events in their communal spaces. If you want to see what type of events they have, head to their social media pages.

Summary

As a big company they are focusing on the simple side of things, they want to make sure they offer a good service to the students who choose to stay with them.

Host are doing something right as they have been around for a long period of time and over that time they have focused on the basics.

In terms of their rooms they have a wide selection which makes it more accessible to a lot more students and they come well built with plenty of storage.

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