Company name: Accommodation for Students (Accommodationforstudents.com)
Contact: Simon Thompson
Position: Managing Director
If you had to describe what your organisation does in one paragraph what would you say?
www.Accommodationforstudents.com (AFS) is the No.1 Student Accommodation website displaying all types of student housing including flats, shared houses and private halls of residence. Our aim is to help students find the best accommodation available within the least amount of time. We provide a fully searchable database so that students can retrieve detailed descriptions of properties that match their exact requirements. The AFS website features at the top of search engines and hosts more content than any other student accommodation website.
Who are your main customers?
Our main customers are:-
What one thing do you want your customers to think about you?
We are a reputable firm that, through carrying out extensive research examining the role of student accommodation, strives to improve standards and the university experience.
We work hard to innovate and develop our service according to changing trends, ensuring we always accommodate both our landlord and student following to the highest level. We regularly receive industry recognition, which is testament to the level of commitment we put into maintaining our lead position.
What is your company vision?
Accommodation for Students was founded in June 2000 when two university students, Simon Thompson and William Berry, identified a gap in the market after experiencing first-hand the difficulties with finding student accommodation,
We were the first people to match students and landlords directly, making the process of finding student accommodation as easy as possible.
Our company vision is to provide a comprehensive student letting solution and expand this service internationally.
How do you work with Endsleigh?
We work in partnership with Endsleigh promoting their services to students and landlords. Endsleigh is a great organisation that, like us, constantly reviews its offering to ensure the ever changing needs of students are met.
What wouldn’t people know about your company...?
The first ever landlord customer of accommodationforstudents.com from 14 years ago still advertises with us today.
Accommodationforstudents.com also won Best Website at the 2013/14 Landlord & Letting Awards
If you could change one law or policy what would that be?
AccommodationforStudents.com has been campaigning for some time to raise the standards of student accommodation and in doing so teamed up with Unipol to introduce the AFS/Unipol Code for landlords. The voluntary code includes a stringent set of standards for both properties and property management that aims to ensure the availability of quality student accommodation and a smooth relationship between landlord and tenants.
We would like to see a policy enforced whereby all landlords letting to students would have to be accredited to a national standard.
Here is a link to a short video on the Accreditation scheme: - http://www.accommodationforstudents.com/AFSUnipolCode/ForStudentsandParents.asp
Any other information that you want to share?
As well as showcasing the best student properties up and down the country, we try to provide students and landlords with as such information as possible through our ‘Find a housemate’ page, handy student guides, live average rent stats and student reviews of each city.
Visit their website here