How to Avoid and Minimise HMO Tenancy Voids
Void periods are without doubt one of the key factors affecting the profitability of HMO (house in multiple occupation) buy-to-let properties.
Of course, no landlord wants to have periods where there are no students in their property as it means missing out on rental income, however rushing to find new tenants without the proper screening procedures often means shorter tenancies and more disputes which is counterproductive in the long term.
Luckily, there are some simple things you can do to minimise and even avoid these frustrating tenancy voids.Read more
Renting Out a Student Property – Guide for First Time Landlords
Many people explore the student buy-to-let market for a range of reasons, the most common being to make profitable revenue.
While investing in HMOs is a popular way to generate a passive source of income and enable financial freedom, with the many rules and regulations involved, it can be daunting too.
In our guide for first time student landlords, we break down the key considerations for anyone thinking of renting out a property for the first time.
So, whether you’re looking to let out your first student property, or have aspirations of building a HMO portfolio, the following tips and advice can help you manage your property successfully.Read more
Is Buy to Let a Good Investment for Student Landlords in 2022?
Investing in a HMO has long been an attractive option for many landlords, but with the large costs and strict legislation involved, many are questioning whether or not it's still a lucrative investment in 2022. Find out our thoughts.Read more
Virtual Viewings Now Available from Digs
We are one of the first letting agents in Bristol to offer this immersive way to view properties without being there physically; properties can be viewed on a computer, mobile phone, tablet or even with a virtual reality headset.Read more
Our Top Tips for Surviving Shared Living as a Student
If university is going to be your first experience of living with people other than your family, take a look at our top tips for surviving shared living as a student.Read more
5 Myths about University Debunked
American films, TV shows and your Dad’s endless story’s may all influence what you think university is going to be like; whether it’s crummy accommodation, pot noodles for dinner every night or endless alcohol and parties.
However, the likelihood is that the student stereotype you have in your mind is probably very far from the truth! Starting university can be an exciting but nerve-wracking time, more so if you have misconceptions about what life will be like. Check out 5 myths about university debunked.Read more
What Modern University Students Expect from Their Accommodation
So, you’ve decided to invest in a buy-to-let property and want to market it to students and young professionals in Bristol? If you experienced student life 20 or more years ago, you may be surprised by the change in expectations of what students today expect from their accommodation. Here are a few of the things you might want to consider when deciding how to kit out your rental property and make it appealing to your target market.Read more
Should I Take My Car to Bristol University?
A question we’re regularly asked by students when looking at accommodation whilst studying for a degree in Bristol is ‘should I bring my car with me?’ At first thought, it may seem like a great idea, offering freedom, easy transport home and being able to have a lie in before driving to campus.
However, expensive running costs, lack of parking and the risk of becoming a personal taxi service to your housemates should all be taken into account.
Check out our top considerations when deciding whether to take your car to university or not in our latest blog.Read more
The Student Guide to Getting Around Bristol
Moving into a new city can be a daunting prospect for several reasons, but knowing how to get around shouldn’t be one of them. If you’re a student that’s new to Bristol, brushing up on your transport links before term starts will make getting to and from university a doddle.
Read on to discover the best and most popular Bristol transport methods for students, taking into consideration the benefits and drawbacks in terms of cost, convenience and accessibility.Read more
The Student Guide to Christmas on a Budget
The best time of the year is almost upon us! For most students, this will mean a trip back home and the need to budget for decorations, food, gifts and other festive essentials.
At Digs, we don’t think financial worries should cast a shadow over Christmas, read on to discover our top tips for having your best Christmas ever without having to break the bank.Read more
5 Ways to Earn Extra Money at Uni and Pay Off Your Student Debt Faster
There’s no denying that being a student is a pricey prospect in this day and age, especially for those studying in the UK. You don’t need us to tell you about the ever-rising cost of tuition, bills and basic living expenses, as well as the increasing levels of debt that most undergraduates rack up before they even begin on their career journey.Read more
Things to Consider When Choosing Your Student Accommodation
With all the excitement that comes with moving into student accommodation, it can be easy to rush into choosing a property, only to find out later in the year that it’s not well suited to your requirements.
To help ensure you choose the right property, we’ve pulled together our top considerations for making the decision, we’ll also take a look at how private accommodation compares with student halls.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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 outRead more
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.Read more
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!Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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?Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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 hereRead more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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-NightersRead more
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 touchRead more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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 moreRead more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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!Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more