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Busy time welcoming new tenants.

Busy time welcoming new tenants.
It has been a few weeks since my last introductory article about myself and Jaq being the new “Meeters and Greeters” at the Blue i office but it has been so busy with lots of people popping in for viewings, now that lectures have started again. It was quiet during the first part of January but the last week of January and February meant that we were getting up and down from our new basket, which is now in the middle of the office. The picture shows us having a bit of a relaxing moment from a busy Valentine morning welcoming people.
 
We are very surprised at all the activity and the lovely people that we have been seeing. They have all been very understanding about our white hairs and the fact that despite Maryvonne and Debbie removing all our hairs from the blue chairs, we do seem to leave quite a lot everywhere. We realise that jumping on to chairs is not really the done thing but how is one supposed to welcome people if you don’t jump on to the chair next door to them and offer up a paw of friendship. I am sure that you agree that there is nothing like a friendly paw at a time of uncertainty as house hunting can be really stressful.
 
What I must say is that whenever I give some body a paw they all shake it and give me a stroke. As far as I am concerned this is real friendship and both Jaq and I agree that this simple welcome helps calm everyone down for the viewings that they are going on. We also agree with the market research that patting us and giving us a stroke really helps the wellbeing in this stressful world we live in.
 
One thing though that Jaq and I are a bit upset about is the biscuit tin. It has some very nice chocolate, shortbread and ginger nut biscuits in it and when they are passed around to visitors, we are never included. We think that as part of the European Dog Rights legislation we should be included in the sharing of tasty morsels. I must dash .. take care and do pop in for chat, a pat and a friendly paw… they are all good for the soul and we love them.
 
Woof, woof..
 
Chip and Jaq
 
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Choosing the Right Accommodation: Going Solo

Choosing the Right Accommodation: Going Solo
Choosing the right accommodation for you can be a tough decision. For most students, halls are the obvious choice for their first year, but what do you do about your second year?
 
According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), the majority of students live in private rented accommodation. Most people choose to live in shared housing, but this isn’t the right fit for everyone. It’s becoming increasingly common for students to live on their own.
 
I’m a third year student at the University of Derby and like most people, I spent my first year in halls.
When I was looking for second year accommodation, I realised that shared housing was not the right fit for me. For me, having my own space is important.
 
Though you have your own room in shared housing, you and your flatmates ultimately share space and, more importantly, share the responsibility for maintaining this space. This usually means keeping the kitchen clean and tidy, taking out the trash, doing the dishes etc. These can all cause arguments.
 
Sure it can get lonely living on your own, but sometimes it’s nice to just relax by yourself without having to worry about other people. I like my peace and quiet and it’s much easier to get it when you don’t have housemates making noise. Alternatively, when I return to my flat after a night out, I don’t have to worry about waking anyone up, so it’s a win-win.
 
There also aren’t as many distractions when you live by yourself which makes getting on with uni work much simpler. You don’t have any flatmates coming into your room for a chat while you’re trying to do an essay.
 
I don’t want to dissuade anyone from choosing shared housing, but I have found it much easier to live alone.
 
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Save on living costs in private accommodation

Save on living costs in private accommodation
 
The decision as to where to live after halls of residence is always tricky. There are so many facets involved and everyone has their own take on it. We have just taken some 2nd year students around some very nice three bedroom houses and they have all been in halls and talk about the noise, the control and the mess. They also talked about being in control of their own destiny and of course the reduced cost, which can be substantial.
 
The fact remains that for the first year at university, halls of residence is an ideal way to make friends, create new social groups, learn about oneself and all about the city. Sharing a property is the beginning of a new chapter including dealing with the habits of other people.
 
There seems to be a massive difference with the behaviour of first and second years, with the discovery of where the boundaries are. Stories of loud behaviour in halls is fine for when one has left home but begins to pale in your 2nd year and even worse in your 3rd year when the work level really ramps up and silence becomes an absolute necessity. Based on your huge investment it is really important to select some friends, who understand the pressures, like the same things as you be it food, music, films or going out or staying in.
 
Taking pot luck on who lives on the same floor is not really on when so much is at stake, so do take care and choose a property, which is comfortable, well maintained and in the right location for your campus. Choose an agency who listens to your needs and knows intimately the properties they are going to show you, making sure that you go with an agency, who will give you the service you deserve. This includes not just good maintenance of things like boilers and a shoulder to cry on if need be, but people who are a bit OCD about cleanliness and who dislike mouldy walls. Sufficient to say that Blue i has a reputation of caring about the individual and a little fanatical about our houses being somewhere where we would be quite happy to live ourselves. Pop into our offices, meet our official Staffy Cross “meeters and greeters” Jaq and Chip and talk to the team of Debbie, Diane, Maryvonne, Lisa and William about how we can best answer your requirements. Please hurry though as houses are going quicker this year than ever before. Take care and best wishes… it is a bit of a minefield out there!
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Property After Brexit

Property After Brexit
Despite what our beleaguered politicians foisted upon themselves and us the market has reacted in a number of ways:
 
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University Of Derby Now Ranks In Top 50 In The Guardian University Guide

University Of Derby Now Ranks In Top 50 In The Guardian University Guide
The University of Derby has been ranked in the Top 50 in The Guardian University Guide 2017 after climbing 25 places. The university has made the leap from 73rd to 48th place out of 119 institutions – the second biggest jump in the country – to achieve its highest ever ranking! As well as being great news for the city, it is also very important for local landlords.
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