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We Are Kin Review

Written by Sam | September 9, 2021

In this blog, what I want to do is review We Are Kin. 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: We Are Kin

We Are Kin are a recently formed company that looks to plug the gap between very good quality and affordability. They are buying HMO’s or student houses in different cities to create a nationwide brand that you can trust but not charge top-end prices.

The company focuses on creating something for the student in a house rather than a big block. The items they are focusing on are smart maintenance, living spaces, super-fast wifi and location.

This is a good mix because if done well, it will be a great place for students to live.

The brand is a huge part of the business and with this they want students to trust the brand and the houses that they offer and this is why they put a lot of time into their houses.

You can find out more about them here: About We Are Kin

We Are Kin Housing Locations

Currently, they have housing in:

  • Liverpool
  • Lancaster
  • Lincoln

This may not seem a lot, however, they are a very new company and I expect them to add to their location list as the years go o. The locations they are buying in are around the university which makes it harder because everyone is interested in those properties.

Accommodation Reviews

At this point, I like to review the accommodation of the provider. With housing, it’s a little different because you can’t achieve the same exact result from house to house as each one will be slightly different. I personally don’t mind that because it offers some personality.

Within their houses, you get bills included which is a massive relief for many students. There are no laundry rooms like in the big blocks, you get your own washing machine and dryer and they make sure they get double beds in rooms rather than the 3/4 sized beds you might find in some of the accommodation blocks.

Their houses and flats are designed to be engaging, colourful and functional which is a massive plus in my eyes. There is no point in having something that looks amazing but doesn’t work in the house. An example, of this, would be having a 6-bed house and a 2 seater dining table. It happens more than you think.

Let’s talk mattresses! An important place and I think many landlords will just buy a bog-standard mattress, which does a job, however, in these places they go a little fancier and you get pocket sprung mattresses making life a little bit comfier.

Each house may have slightly different features depending on the house size and location.

We Are Kin 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.

Cancellation – Firstly, make sure that you read the full policy, however, if it is because you didn’t get the grades or can’t get a visa then you are likely to be released from the contract, however, if you have found another place and want to move then you will likely have to either pay the rent or find someone who needs somewhere to rent.

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

Booking – Easy, go on to their website, or ours. Click enquire, it will then ask you to fill out a form and then all you need to do is wait for them to contact you.

Communications with students – Good – whenever I speak to the We Are Kin team they are quick to get back to me so it will be the same for students.

Events – They won’t necessarily hold events as they would in a block because not everyone is in the same place, however, what they will do is offer partnerships. discounts and gathering in the areas where they have properties.

Summary

We Are Kin are an exciting new brand and start-up. They are going to fill a gap in the market where you can get good quality student housing at a reasonable price.

Their properties are well designed, functional and engaging for students. They have certain areas that they focus on, which personally I think are good areas. They are super-fast wifi, location, smart maintenance and living spaces. All these together should make a really good experience for the student.

I am excited to see this brand grow. There are a few other companies out there and have a similar model to this, some may disagree, but from the outset, I think there is a gap and they are doing a good job at filling it so far.

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