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Written by Sam | August 3, 2021

In this blog, what I want to do is review Fresh Student Living. 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: Fresh Student Living

Fresh Student Living is a company that is quite big. According to their website, they have 21,000 beds and this is more than likely going to grow over the following years. This is a very good effort as that is a lot of beds, properties and people to manage to make everything happen smoothly.

Their main focus is creating unique student homes with friendly and switched on staff who take care of everything you, the student needs.

They do have a satisfaction survey of 93% in the National Student Housing Survey 2020.

As a company, it looks like they put a lot of focus into finding the right staff to manage the accommodation and make sure the students have a good time.

In each of their locations, they have a lot of events on to get students involved and it looks as though they do put thought into their social spaces. They will have gyms, study rooms and games rooms if there is space, however, they focus on providing rooms with good service.

You can read all about Fresh Student Living here: Their Story

Aparto’s Accommodation Locations

Currently, they have accommodations in:

  • Aberdeen
  • Bath
  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Bournemouth
  • Brighton
  • Bristol
  • Canterbury
  • Cardiff
  • Chester
  • Coventry
  • Derby
  • Durham
  • Edinburgh
  • Exeter
  • Glasgow
  • Kingston
  • Leeds
  • Leicester
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Loughborough
  • Newcastle
  • Norwich
  • Oxford
  • Paisley
  • Sheffield
  • Stirling
  • Stoke-On-Trent
  • Wembley

Fresh most likely have more than one building in some of the locations which means that as a student you have more options in that particular city.

Accommodation Review

Their accommodation isn’t bad at all. They don’t have plain walls, they have colours on the walls, it has plenty of light and from looking at a few of their rooms in several accommodations they are designed well.

The studios look good, the kitchens are big and not cramped in and they give you somewhere to sit and eat which is big plus in my eyes as many just don’t or have a random table tucked away.

The en-suites are bright and colourful. I looked at the ones in Durham and they have good shelf space with a desk for you to work at. It has a wardrobe as well and potentially under bed storage. Would be good if it does. If not, it looks like your main storage is the wardrobe and some shelves.

The rooms are good, they have everything you need in them as a student, I wouldn’t say they are the best rooms, however, that isn’t their market. They aren’t trying to put the best of the best in each room and have higher rents. Their focus is on the service.

Below see what you get included in the accommodation in Bath:

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.

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 – We don’t work directly with Fresh Student Living and haven’t been through their process, however, it seems pretty simple, just like many other providers. You can book on their website and you will have to follow a few steps to reserve the room and then to book the room you will need your guarantor details if you need them and a deposit or some kind of payment.

Communications with students – I am unsure as haven’t heard too much, but as an assumption, I would say it is good. Their individual accommodations have their own Instagrams and social media pages so that they can create groups, keep tenants posted and use notice boards to make sure everyone gets the message.

Events – They host a lot of events as it falls in line with the experience that they want to create. Check their Instagram to see all the events they hold. They have plenty going on each month and it’s not just in one place, it looks as though it goes across all their accommodations.

Summary

Fresh Student Living is a company that has high satisfactory rates and lots of awards to their name and they are doing something right to get all these awards.

Their rooms seem good quality with enough space to function and they aren’t just plain white. They have a bit of colour and plenty of natural light. For me, the space in the studios looks quite good.

Events in the accommodations go on frequently and they seem to get a lot of people involved.

Personally, I think they aren’t a bad place to stay, they have a good satisfaction score which is a really good sign and even though they manage a lot of beds and buildings they haven’t lost that touch yet, which is really important.

For me, this type of accommodation is for students that want plenty of different prices and options in that city and they focus on the events over having the fanciest accommodation. If you want that then you will need to look at some of the other accommodations on offer.

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