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Practical Tips for International Students Studying In Bristol

Offering a diverse mix of courses across hundreds of world-class universities, it’s no wonder that the U.K is one of the most popular destinations for postgraduates to come to study abroad.

Whilst there are many wonderful things to look forward to about studying in the UK, with so much to consider and plan for, it can be a daunting task. 

From finances and accommodation to travel and weather preparation, we’ve pulled together a list of our top tips for international students coming to Bristol to study at university to get your term off to the right start.

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Letting Your Property to Students – What You Need To Know

Since 2011, we’ve been letting properties to students and helping landlords manage their properties profitably. In that time, we’ve become one of the larger student property management companies in Bristol; so we like to think we know a thing or two about letting property to students.

Whilst letting property to students can be very profitable, it is not without its complexities. In our latest blog post, we’ll some of the key things you should know before deciding to let your property to students or not.

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Why Should Landlords Use an ARLA Approved Agent?

ARLA Propertymark was formed in 2017, when leading industry bodies including ARLA, NAEA, NAVA and more combined to form a single brand with the aim of the raising industry standards, promoting education and helping landlords protect and maximise their investment.

At Abode, we are proud to be part of ARLA Propertymark and were ARLA approved for many years before the new brand was formed. Our commitment to a quality service means we not only abide by, but aim to excel the high standard required to retain ARLA Propertymark membership.

So why should you use an ARLA Property Mark member? There a number of benefits for both landlords and tenants - read our latest blog post to find out more.

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Top Tips for Saving Money Whilst At University

If you’re new to university, receiving your first student loan may feel like your best payday yet.

But without proper budgeting, you could be faced with a premature call to the bank of Mum and Dad.

To help you budget better and save a penny here and there, we’ve come up with our top tips for saving money at university.

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Free Apps Every Student Needs To Download

Who could live without apps? They help keep us organised, prevent us from getting lost and distract us from important things. But with around 2.8m apps available on the Google Play store and 2.2m on the Apple app store, it can be hard to know which ones are worth downloading.

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Important Updates for Landlords

Two updates on important changes - letting agency fees and a new central Bristol HMO licensing scheme. Whilst they may both impact landlords, it’s not all doom and gloom and there is still time to have your say and help shape the consultations.

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No Clubbing? No Problem. - Bristols Alternative Guide to Nightlife

At university, there is an undeniable pressure to go clubbing. Regretful spending of student loans, missed lectures and too many takeaways all usually come when mixed with regular nights out. Whilst we’re not discouraging a night out on the tiles, we all need a break sometimes and we know it’s not for everyone; here are 5 alternatives to clubbing in Bristol that are just as enjoyable as a night out

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The Freshers Guide To Eating and Staying Healthy at University

If you’re new to uni life, or just unsure how best to stay healthy at university, read our latest blog post for healthy meal tips on a budget, exercise ideas and guidance and help for ensuring your mental wellbeing doesn’t decline whilst you are at university. 

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Stay Warm This Winter Without Touching the Heating

It’s the time of year when temperatures fall and heating bills rise! Whilst winter officially starts on the 21st December, with sub-zero temperatures affecting Bristol already, here at Digs we’re saying it’s already started!

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Our Top Tips For a Stress Free Trip Home This Christmas

If you’re a student, there’s no doubt you will be heading back home soon to spend the festive period with your family and friends. Travel over the Christmas periods, be it by train, car or bus can be stressful and expensive without proper planning.

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Ensure You Get Your Full Housing Deposit Back

Before moving into your student house, you will be required to put down a deposit. This deposit is essentially a way of assuring your landlord or letting agency that if anything is broken, damaged or stained – they have guaranteed funds in place to fix it.

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Top Tips To Make Your Student Life A Little Easier

The new term has begun, and whether you’re a first year student leaving home for the first time, or a seasoned third year – we could all use a little helping hand from time to time.

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Benefits of Studio Living

A conundrum many university students of all ages and backgrounds face whether to live in shared accommodation, university halls or a private accommodation like studio apartments rooms. How can you figure out which one is best for you?

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Im a Clearing Student, but where do I live?!

Worried about missing out on your chosen university due to your grades? Don’t panic – this doesn’t mean the end of your student journey as there are still options for you to utilise and still get in. Everyone planning for University is eligible for the UCAS Clearing scheme which is a way of matching students without universities, to universities without students.

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7 Reasons We Love Bristol

It’s not surprising that Bristol was named best place to live in Britain in 2017. From its thriving and upbeat city centre and nightlife all the way down to its calm and quiet vibe by the harbour, it is a perfect place for nearly anyone to live.

Research shows that the better you fit into the personality of your area, the happier you are. Maybe that’s why Bristol is such a friendly place to be. However, we’ve came up with a few reasons on why we think Bristol should most definitely be your new home, particularly whilst studying.

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Top Tips to Stop Procrastinating & Start Studying

If you're struggling with exam revision and coursework, you're not alone. Check out our top tips to beat procrastination here

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What Should You Consider When Choosing a Student?

If you haven't already it's time to find & secure your student rental property. We've compiled a few of our top thoughts together to help you get started.

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Top Tips to Budget Whilst at University

One of the main stresses we see amongst students here at DIGS is financial worries. Therefore, it is worth thinking about ways to make your money last so we’ve compiled a few of our top tips to get you started.

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What and Why You Need a Guarantor

Whether in prep for your second or third year, you’ll need to start the process of house hunting asap. This month we thought we’d tackle the world of guarantor’s & explain all.

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How to Survive an All Nighter. Don't Do It

Exam Season is just around the corner. But so is Christmas. From the obvious to the unexpected, find out exactly why you shouldn't fall into the trap of All-Nighters

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Bristol Freshers Prepare For 2017/18 Housing

Find out how we offered our advice & assistance to University Students looking for Housing for the next academic year. Read more below or get in touch

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Further Enhancements to Student Digs Customer Care

At Bristol Digs we have a particularly strong customer service ethos. We believe in looking after both our landlords and our tenants’ best interests.

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The Bristol Digs Guide to Student Discounts

There are a host of discount cards available to use both instore and online. We’ve picked our top contenders which we believe you’ll benefit the most from.

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7 University Societies You will be Surprised to Find

Are you starting university this September? If so, joining a society might be high on your list. But we bet you couldn’t have imagined the variety available. Check out our blog for more

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Bristol Digs Top 10 Tips To Improve Your Revision

Struggling with exam revision? Whether a university or college student, studying is a full time job so we’ve pulled together our top tips to help.

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10 Questions Students Should Ask When Moving House

The first year at University has eased you into adult life; almost. Your time tables are thin with lectures and full with socials, and living in halls has meant that you live stress free thanks to all included bills, on site security, handy maintenance, and housing regulations put in place by the University.

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Right to Rent - are you ready?

From the 1st February all landlords must thoroughly check that their tenants have a right to rent an abode in the UK according to new rules. Click below to find out what you need to put in place.

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Around Bristol

Bristol is by far one of the most exciting, fast moving cities and boasts some truly magnificent architecture (old and new), along with several new developments including a brand new shopping centre in the heart of the city, Bristol is getting bigger and better by the day!

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New Regulations for Letting Agencies - A MUST Read!

Not one of our most exciting landlord or property lettings blog posts but still one that is very important. Click below to discover the new regulations for letting agents & landlords.

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Our top 5 reasons to buy new build properties

There are many advantages to investing in new-build homes. Ellie at Abode explores why buy-to-lets in new properties can be more cost effective & eco-friendly. 

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10 facts you did not know about Clifton

Think you know everything there is to know about Clifton? Abode's property managers have been undercover investigating 10 things about Clifton you didn't know!

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Why invest in property

Managing Director, Steve Harris, offers insights and advice for landlords looking to invest in Buy-To-Lets. Plus read all about Steve's investor survival guide. 

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Your Bristol

The city that's made up of an eclectic series of districts. Whether you are an eco-friendly animal rights supporter or a sharp-suited investment banker - or both - you will definitely find your place in Bristol.

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A peek inside one of Abode's hottest houses

This luxurious, cutting-edge property was let with ease by Abode in Bristol's most desired postcode. 

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How to get your deposit back

Want to save yourself some money?
Check out our short and simple 'how to' return your property flick.
Following our top tips will help you to get your cash back; it’s a simple guide to help you get your deposit back and stop you losing money.

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Guide for first time renters

Need some advice before taking the plunge? Finding a place to rent for the first time can often be daunting. Here are a few tips to settle your mind. 

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Why we want to live in a new build by the harbourside

New homes by the waterfront are in increasingly high demand. Abode offers an insight as to why new builds in Bristol by the harbourside, like the Finzels Reach development, are so popular. 

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