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Jaq and Chip welcomes new tenants in record time.

Jaq and Chip welcomes new tenants in record time.
What a lovely surprise. We welcomed a new tenant to the Blue i family recently, all the way from the Czech Republic. Not only do they love dogs, but they teach Hatha Yoga and as you all know we are big into exercise, eating well, running around and with William has just started Yoga at Energie Fitness it all fitted together.
 
Well this new tenant was a complete surprise, as Klara was due to arrive at 11o’clock but she arrived early as they had a very full day ahead of her. Klara and her mother Blanca had driven from the Czech Republic a few days previously and were staying in a local hotel, until they were able to find some where for Klara to live, whilst she studied for her degree at the University of Derby.
 
Her English was excellent having worked and studied in the UK before and so this helped her make a very quick decision about a lovely furnished flat on Stanley Street. I got to hear about it when they came back to sign all the paperwork in the office and her mother Blanca just made me feel so good with lots of lovely hugs and strokes.
 
Both Jaq and I went up to greet them when they came in but Jaq soon disappeared back into our basket near the electric heater – he is so much the basket potato. Anyway, it allowed me to continue “meeting and greeting” Klara and Blanca. I followed them into the main office and once coffees had been organised, I was invited up on to Blanca’s chair, which was a bit of a squeeze as you can see in the photo.
 
I was in seventh heaven as she even liked my licks. They have two Alsatians and a Pug at home and as they were already missing them, they made it up with giving me lots of strokes and in return I gave them lots of licks. I don’t what it was but Blanca certainly had a way of calming me down with her pats as she found my sweet spot. It could of course be something to do with her teaching Yoga. The only problem was that as I am moulting, quite a lot of white hair got on her clothes, but she did not seem to mind.
 
All the paperwork seemed to be done much quicker than normal. It must have been the quickest tenancy on record as whilst I was being patted by Blanca, William answered Klara’s questions and Debbie sorted out the Tenancy Agreement. I gather from the bits of conversation I picked up that from initially meeting to view the flat at 9.30 to signing the documents and leaving with the keys it was only 2 hours! Quite amazing, it must be a Guinness Book of Records and just in time for Klara to leave and get to her first lecture at midday. They were so pleased that they had found a nice place but secretly I think they were even more pleased by our meeting and greeting. In fact when Jaq and I were chatting about it later, we reckon that we sealed the deal with our welcoming.
 
I was quite exhausted by all the rushing and greeting and so after they left, I went back to our basket, which had been kept warm by Jaq. I can see the advantages of this Yoga stuff, if it makes you as calm as I felt after Blanca’s special stroking and patting. I need to get some more information on this as I think my wellbeing rating went up quite considerably this morning.
 
Before I sign off please don’t forget. as much exercise as time permits, eat lots of veg and fruit and now a sprinkling of Yoga from one of Energie Fitness’ classes and your wellbeing will certainly improve.
 
Woof, woof and until the next time…
 
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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5 Tips to Stay Warm on a Budget

5 Tips to Stay Warm on a Budget
 With temperatures plummeting and snow forecast, it’s important to stay warm now more than ever. But you’re probably on a budget and heating isn’t cheap.

Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on central heating to keep yourself warm through this cold spell, we at Blue i have put together a few tips on how to stay warm on a budget.
 
  1. Get moving
While your first instinct when cold weather strikes might be to go into hibernation, moving around will warm you up.
 
Whether you decide to exercise or clean your flat, a workout naturally raises your body temperature and gets your blood pumping.
 
  1. Get Cooking
A good meal can make you feel warmer.
 
Eating foods that are high in protein and iron and healthy fats can help you to keep warm in the winter months.
 
Also, the heat from the hob or oven when you’re cooking should heat you up a bit.
 
  1. Layers!
This might seem like an obvious one, but layering clothes can go a long way in combatting the cold.
 
You may be tempted to reach for a comfy jumper or dressing gown but wearing multiple thinner layers of clothing has been scientifically proven to better insulate your body against cold weather.
 
Warm air gets trapped between the layers acting as an insulator so forget about how ridiculous you may look and layer up!
 
  1. Snuggle up with a hot water bottle
Invest in a hot water bottle.
 
You can get one for less than a fiver and once you’ve got one, you’ll wonder why you didn’t buy a hot water bottle sooner.
 
  1. Don’t forget, we’re here to help
You’re probably going to want to turn your heating on at some point and we at Blue i are here to make sure you can.
 
If you’re having problem with your central heating, you can easily report a repair through .
 
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Derby Property Summit - June 2016

Derby Property Summit - June 2016
Just like the previous three years, this annual event was held at the iPro Stadium and, again like previous years, was well attended with over 300 people present, including standing room for about twenty people at the back. Last year there was a lot of talk about student accommodation and so this year there was even more about student accommodation, plus plenty more about graduate retention accommodation. As you may be aware, Cathedral Court has had its scaffolding removed and this massive building stands very proud in front of the Queen's Baths. The University has signed a 30 year lease with Prosperity Capital and from the way their CEO was talking, this won’t be the last deal they do with the UoD. More of this later.
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