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Now we have entered the New year, many of us will be looking forward to the year blog picture.3ahead, making plans and resolutions and then trying our hardest to keep to them. A great place to start in the New Year is where you are going to live in the 2016/17 academic year. With many agents and landlords currently advertising their properties, we thought we would take you on an essential run-through of how to find a new home off campus as well as some useful tips of what to look out for.

1. Stay Calm and organised – Phone landlords/agents in the morning and plan a schedule of viewings for multiple properties for the following days.

2.  Take our all- important house-hunting checklist with you on viewings – look for issues such as damp/mould, damage, tenancy agreements, health and safety features etc…

3. Don’t feel pressured to take a property if you are not sure about it. Keep an open mind, you don’t need to take the first property you see.

4. Be prepared to pay holding fees, deposits or security payments. Many landlords or agents will ask you to pay a deposit or security fee if you are agreeing to take a property.

5. Watch out for contract lengths – many can be up to 12 months. If you are keen to take an academic friendly contract these are sometimes available, for certain properties.

6. Make sure the rent is affordable for you, be aware that advertised weekly or monthly rents may not include bills, be aware of adding the cost of bills to your final rent amount. Usually gas, electricity, water, tv licence, internet etc…

7. Speak to your Accommodation office (that’s us) we offer advice, guidance and support at any time during the year. We also run house-hunting events, accommodation fairs and drop-in sessions. We can also check through a tenancy agreement for you to make sure it is appropriate. .  The FXU Advisors are also on hand to help with any questions and can check contracts if you’ve any queries.  There’s also lots of useful information available on their website http://www.fxu.org.uk/advice_welfare/housing/

8. Use our Student Pad list found on our website Falmouth and Penryn Student Pad as well as our Facebook Page “Find a Student Housemate – Falmouth, Cornwall” to find properties directly through local landlords.

9. Be clear about whether you are signing in to a joint tenancy agreement or an individual one. Joint means that you are all responsible for the contract for the whole property and other tenants. Individual means that you are signing a contract for your portion or allocated room in the property as well as communal areas.

10. Ask questions and ask for advice. Don’t panic as you may end up making a decision you aren’t sure of. Come and see us if you need any help.

Please note: We are unable to accommodate returning students in halls for the next academic year, however, if you have any concerns regarding this, or due to a medical condition you require university owned or managed accommodation, please contact a member of the Accommodation Team as soon as possible to discuss options further.

We hope you find this list really useful in preparation of your search, you may also find the following link helpful which we have advertised on our website www.fxplus.ac.uk/live

House Hunting Checklist http://www.fxplus.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/house_hunting_checklist_2012_booklet_form.pdf

Also make sure you check the information on FXU advice pages as well: http://www.fxu.org.uk/advice_welfare/housing/

We also have accommodation fairs coming up: 2016 Accommodation Fairs;

Saturday 5th March 10.00 – 3.00

Saturday 7th May 10.00 – 3.00

Saturday 13th August 10.00 – 3.00

Don’t miss out on advice and guidance. Enjoy this experience of finding your first student house, try not to panic and ask for help if you need it. If you need any help or advice please contact the Accommodation Office (01326 253 741) and ask to speak to Richard Wilkins or pop into Glasney Lodge for a chat. Richard also holds Drop-in sessions in The Compass every Tuesday from 10.00 – 1.00

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The Compass and Compass Online – here when you need it…

Every now and then we like to do a guest blog with different departments giving you more information on the services they provide and how they can help you.  This month we have the Compass Team giving the low down on all that they do and how they can support you during you time at University.

But first…Driving Home for Christmas
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If you are currently living within any our residences then you do not need vacate your residence during the Christmas vacation and are able to remain in your accommodation if you so wish.

Although your belongings can remain within your room, the Christmas vacation is always a useful time to have a thorough clean and tidy up by taking certain items home with you which you will not need for your second term.  When you leave for Christmas please make sure you lock your bedroom door along with emptying the fridge and putting out your rubbish – no one wants to come back after Christmas to mouldy food and smelly bins.

The Compass and Compass Online

How quickly has the first term gone?! One minute you’re settling into your new student accommodation with a nervous expectation of what lies ahead and not sure where anything is, the next minute you’re a seasoned Club I aficionado with stamps up your arm and the Friday morning fogginess to prove it (and you know where most things are)

At The Compass, we hope you have had a fantastic term of great experiences; making friends for life, wondrous lectures or seminars, cooking questionable but nevertheless edible delights and above-all enjoying everything that the campuses and area have to offer.

With Christmas suddenly upon us, with deadlines looming and the sun barely getting above the horizon we’re well aware things don’t always go according to plan. So we’re keen to remind you that both The Compass (the information desk and service) and Compass Online (the online portal) are available when you need it.

So, if you have questions or concerns about any aspect of your university life, no matter how small or relatively insignificant it may seem – get in touch. We work closely will all student-facing services on campus to make sure that you don’t have to waste time and effort to find what you need.

So, have a rummage through lots of great Frequently Asked Questions in Compass Online (compass.fxplus.ac.uk), log an enquiry 24 hours a day (even at 4am after a long night out – we’ll decipher it) or come and see us at the desk, we’re here to help your experience at university run a little smoother.

Have a great Christmas break, whether you’re staying in Cornwall, heading back up the A30 and over the Tamar or flying to some far-off land: enjoy yourselves – but remember wherever you go – if you do get a bit lost – use your Compass.

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Compass Online available at compass.fxplus.ac.uk

The Compass Student Information Service

Level 0 of The Exchange, Penryn Campus

Open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm

Email: thecompass@fxplus.ac.uk
Coming soon to Falmouth Campus

Finding your feet in the first term

steph beachIts tough finding your feet when you have arrived to a new place with new people, remember it takes time and there are some really great ways to start getting to know the area and fun ways of getting to know new people.

We love living in Cornwall and hope you are all enjoying your time too.  To help you make the most of your first term in the wild south-west, members of the Halls and Accommodation team have listed some of their favourite things to do in their spare time during Autumn and Winter.

  1. Cosy fish & chips and a drink at “The Front” pub in the harbour in Falmouth (via Harbour Lights)
  2. Fireworks night at Falmouth Cricket Club on 5th November
  3. Wrapping up warm and walking the coast path from Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth to Maenporth Beach. http://www.falmouth.co.uk/see-and-do/walking
  4. Coffee and Cake in a hidden cubby hole in Good Vibes Café, Killigrew Street Falmouth
  5. Hiring bikes from Explore Cycle hire, Penryn (located in industrial estate below Penryn Campus) 10% discount for students. The local reservoirs (College and Argyll) are a great route for cyclists wanting to get out and about from Penryn.
  6. Surf Lessons with Porthtowan Surf School who can collect from the campus and provide boards and wetsuits.
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There are also plenty of things going on at both campuses and a great way of getting to know more people would be to join a club/society through the FXU, you can find more info on www.fxu.org.uk or by popping in to see them.

If we can do anything to improve your stay with us or you wish to discuss any issues you may be experiencing, please let a member of the Accommodation Services Team know and we will do our best to put a smile back on your face.
Contact details are available on our website.

Finding inspiration amongst stressful times

Well, it’s May! We can’t quite believe it… the bluebells are out, the sun is trying to shine and we are fast approaching the end of the third term. As we near the end of the year, many of you will be finishing off your end of year projects and/or preparing for exams. This can be a trying time for any student and it is especially important to keep your cool as the summer term hots up. As a flat you will all have differing deadlines and also different styles of working/ revising so it is wise to think of others around you during stressful times. Below you can find our top tips for finding inspiration, keeping yourself and your flatmates happy and getting through the tough times.

1. Finding a quiet space
– The Library is open 24/7 @Penryn Campus and hides many quiet and creative spaces to get work done without too much distraction. Bnctnl_IYAE208p

2. Get some fresh air
– Take a walk through the campus, the bluebells are out opposite Tremough House and are looking breath-taking. Take a blanket to the Italian Gardens to get away from the hubbub, it offers a perfect place for reading or sketchbook work on a bright day.

3. Use course facilities – We love how many different types of courses the universities both offer but sometimes it is best to use course facilities to avoid any other disturbances to your flat. Plus, this way you can really let loose too. The performance centre offers rehearsal rooms, studios and a café open late in the evening. Many of the art and photography courses offer studio space to get creative and get into the swing of things too.

4. Eat well
– With your flat it can be nice to lend each other a hand during this stressful time and make each other tea or perhaps even a bite to eat. A little help goes a long way when you are feeling fraught, tired or nervous…

5. Take time out – You will all have very busy schedules at this point in the year but it is important to take a little time out to have a bit of fun and relax. You will find that when you get back to your work you will be far more productive. Get your friends and flatmates together and head to the beach for an afternoon BBQ (easy to get to on the bus) or even a walk from the campus down to Miss Peapods for a coffee and a slice of cake should clear your mind.

Doing it by the book – Applying for Accommodation

Student accommodation in Penryn on Tremough Campus of Falmouth and Exeter University.

Spring has sprung and it’s time to get ready to apply for that all important accommodation. We like to make things as easy and straight forward as possible for you in the Accommodation office, so get the kettle on and set yourself down to check out what you can apply for and when with our super handy accommodation guides. (Check your Uni before checking out the guide ;) )

Falmouth University Accommodation Guide
University of Exeter Accommodation Guide

Now, that you have had a good look at what’s on offer, it’s time to get ready to make your application. Applications open on the 8th April. You must make sure you have accepted a firm offer on your first choice course in order to be eligible to apply. You will need to make sure you have your student id number ready to hand to register on Room Service and make sure you apply before the published deadlines to avoid missing out on our accommodation guarantee. We ask that you place your application choices in preference order on the application so we know exactly what you think is a top gaff.
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Although we cannot guarantee to meet your application choices we do endeavour to get you what you want. We believe the important things to remember with accommodation are; you are starting university and will have an incredible time wherever you are based, all our accommodation options are no more than twenty minutes in a bus to the beach (winner) and you are going to be pinning up summer snaps and arranging your brand new bed spread before you know it!!

Any burning questions… don’t hesitate to check out our website, if you find your question is not answered there, please do not hesitate to contact us 01326 253639 or accommodation@fxplus.ac.uk. You can also catch us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Now we have entered the New year, many of us will be looking forward to the year ahead, making plans and resolutions and then trying our hardest to keep to them. A great place to start in the New Year is where you are going to live in the 2015/16 academic year. With many agents and landlords gearing up to advertise their properties in the next few days, we thought we would take you on an essential run-through of how to find the perfect student pad, what to look out for and how to beat the competition.

  1. Stay Calm and organised – Phone landlords/agents in the morning and plan a schedule of viewings for multiple properties for the following days.
  2. Take our all- important house-hunting checklist with you on viewings – look for issues such as damp/mould, damage, tenancy agreements, health and safety features etc…
  3. Don’t feel pressured to take a property if you are not sure about it. Keep an open mind, you don’t need to take the first property you see.
  4. Be prepared to pay holding fees, deposits or security payments. Many landlords or agents will ask you to pay a deposit or security fee if you are agreeing to take a property.
  5. Watch out for contract lengths – many can be 12 months. If you are keen to take an academic friendly length contract these are usually available, landlord/agent dependent, for certain properties.
  6. Make sure the rent is affordable for you, be aware that advertised weekly or monthly rents may not include bills, be aware of adding the cost of bills to your final rent amount. Usually gas, electricity, water, TV licence, internet etc…
  7. Speak to your Accommodation office (that’s us) we offer advice, guidance and support at any time during the year. We also run house-hunting events, accommodation fairs and advice drop ins.
  8. Use our Student Pad list found on our website www.fxplus.ac.uk/live as well as our Facebook Page “Find a Student Housemate – Falmouth, Cornwall” to find properties directly through local landlords.
  9. Be aware that these have been vetted on fire, electric and gas safety and we have not seen every property advertised.
  10. Be sure about whether you are signing in to a joint tenancy agreement or individual. Joint means that you are all responsible for the contract for the whole property and other tenants. Individual means that you are signing a contract for your portion or allocated room in the property as well as communal areas.  Ask questions and ask for advice. Don’t panic as you may end up making a decision you aren’t sure of. Come and see us if you need any help.

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Please Note: We are unable to accommodate returning students in halls for the next academic year, however, if you have any concerns regarding this and would like to discuss options further please contact a member of the Accommodation Team as soon as possible.

We hope you find this list really useful in preparation of your search, you may also find the following link helpful which we have advertised on our website www.fxplus.ac.uk/live
House Hunting Checklist http://www.fxplus.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/house_hunting_checklist_2012_booklet_form.pdf

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We have accommodation fairs coming up: 2015 Accommodation Fairs;

Saturday 7th March 10.00 – 3.00 (Penryn Campus)

Saturday 6th June 10.00 – 3.00 (Falmouth Campus)

Saturday 15th August 10.00 – 3.00 (Penryn Campus)

Don’t miss out on advice and guidance. Enjoy this experience of finding your first student house, try not to panic and ask for help if you need it. Home Sweet Home!