Home Sweet Home!

Home Sweet Home
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

Home Sweet Home!

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.