Landlord’s guide to furnishing student accommodation

Student reading in front of a propertyIn recent years, the market for student accommodation in Cardiff has continued to grow, and securing tenants has become more and more competitive among landlords. To ensure that you can compete effectively, it’s important to have a property that is visibly appealing to any potential tenants. Modern students are now more concerned than ever before about securing stylish and comfortable accommodation which is ideally suited to cater for an active social life as well provide the perfect environment for studying.

Student accommodation should be thoughtfully designed, have bright and functional communal spaces for socialising, and be furnished to a suitably high standard. The damp, crowded student halls with small box rooms are becoming a thing of the past, as they are being replaced by modern choices with far more appeal.

It’s important to make sure your property caters to modern students, and you can follow these furnishing and design tips to help secure student tenants:

Put thought into stylish design

First impressions are of great importance, and you don’t get a second chance at them. The growth of available student accommodation means that students are now presented with more options than ever before, and as a landlord you’ll want to do all that you can to make your property stand out among the crowd. This makes creating a positive first impression incredibly important.

A strong design with plenty of visual appeal will help the property stick in the mind of any prospective tenants, and students will find stylish, contemporary design with modern furniture far more appealing than outdated decor and furniture.

Lighting, colour and an effective use of space can help create a positive and functional environment that a modern student will be drawn to. Designing your property with these aspects in mind can encourage a healthy balance of productivity and relaxation that tenants will pick up on, instantly separating the accommodation from properties that don’t convey the same.

Choose functional furniture of high quality

Some may remember student accommodation of the past being furnished with old second-hand furniture that was mixed and matched together, all of which had seen much better days. Landlords investing in the student rental market can no longer afford to furnish property this way and should instead furnish rooms with high-quality furniture that tends to the needs of a modern student.

Instead of randomly collecting second hand furniture from jumble sales or from anyone giving away an old freebie, put some thought into the actual needs of a student. Landlords are often operating on a budget, so search for retailers online that offer affordable furniture that is stylish, comfortable and durable. There are many suppliers who specialise in student furniture, and they will be aware of what type of furniture is most suited to the tastes and needs of their target market. So, if you find yourself needing a little inspiration to create the perfect student space, enlist their help to take your property to the next level.

Include the must have mod-cons

One thing every student will be looking for is an internet connection. Students place high-speed Wi-Fi as high priority, so it’s essential to ensure this is something that your property offers. Students have also grown to appreciate a host of other mod cons that you should consider offering with the accommodation. These contribute to an easier and more comfortable way of life, and the following list can help get student tenants through the door and keep them satisfied during their stay:

  •      Washing machine
  •      Cooker
  •      Microwave
  •      Television and DVD player
  •      Fridge freezer
  •      Power shower
  •      Vacuum cleaner
  •      Iron and ironing board

At CPS Homes letting and estate agents, we’re aware of just how important accommodation is to a student. If you’re looking for the perfect student accommodation to help you get through your studies, or happen to be a landlord that’s looking to let your property to students, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. You can call us on 02920 668585, e-mail us at enquiries@cpshomes.co.uk or pop into one of our three Cardiff branches.

09 May 2018

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