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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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Derby's Changing Student Accommodation Market

Derby's Changing Student Accommodation Market
Our Director, William Barron, recently attended the local meeting of the National Landlords Association. One of the speakers at the event was Rosanna Moore-Smith, Housing Manager at Derby University. She gave a very interesting talk on the student market, which is changing fast and private landlords must improve or they will die. Rosanna’s conclusion is that we are heading for interesting but difficult times, as some landlords appear as if they don’t want to improve their stock. Whichever way you look at it, it will involve more investment. 
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