Author Archives: Sam

Flatmate House Rules: What’s Reasonable?

Every successful house share is based upon a good level of respect and understanding for one another. But what is an acceptable request when it comes to making house rules? No one wants passive aggressive lists of what they can and can’t do, but a house share without some basic ground rules can soon result […]

Is House Sharing Good For Mental Health?

Student mental health in the UK is described as a crisis by the Mental Health Foundation. With most mental health disorders developing before the age of 24, university is one of the highest risk locations. Settling into uni life requires a major transition. Adjusting to student living, from studying to socialising, can add pressure and […]

The Rise of Luxury Student Accommodation

If you ask alumni from about their accommodation at university, they’ll tell you horror stories about rat infestations, excessive mould issues and freezing winters in uninsultated halls. But in recent years, the trend for luxury student housing has been on the rise. There’s now legal standards in place which prevent the risk of poor living […]

How much does student accommodation cost?

Budgeting for students is more important than ever. Living costs have been on the rise for years, with rent alone accounting for 73% of the maximum student loan. This is compared to 58% less than a decade ago. If you’re heading to university for the first time later this year, establishing how much you’ll need […]

How Much Are Student Bills Per Month

Congratulations, you’re in! If you’re getting ready to start or return to university in September, it’s a hugely exciting time. But you’ll also be paying for a lot of things for the very first time and may understandably be trying to budget for the future. What you’ll be paying for Student life is notoriously expensive—as […]

All In One Utility Bills: How To Pay All Your Household Costs At Once

In a shared house, splitting household costs between you can be a minefield for arguments. The most common scenario for paying your utility bills and other expenses—such as a joint grocery bill, broadband, TV license fee—is for each person to be the named account holder for a bill. For example, one person would take responsibility […]

How a bill splitting app can change your student house dynamic for the better

Let’s paint a very familiar picture. Everyone in your shared house is on edge. Maybe you’re talking to one another, maybe you’re not. Some of you are probably talking behind somebody else’s back and all of you are feeling stressed and anxious and resentful, but the problem is no closer to being solved. What’s going […]

How To Budget As A University Student In London

London is one of the most exciting cities you can live in as a young person and is home to some of the world’s best universities. It’s unsurprising, then, that so many students choose to come to London to get a world-class education. But it’s no secret that life in London doesn’t come cheap. In […]

How to Budget for Couples Living Together

Moving in with your partner is one of the most exciting steps you can take in a relationship. It’s also an increasingly common step for unmarried couples and as rent prices have risen, one that’s being taken for reasons that are more economical than romantic. Rents in London have increased 25% over the last 10 […]

Ways to save money in your student house when you go home for the holidays

Sharing a student house is kind of a unique living arrangement in many ways. You might be living with people you don’t know that well, you only stay in a particular house for around nine months at a time on average, you probably don’t pay council tax… It’s also one of the only living arrangements […]