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Student accommodation service introduces new look

Liverpool Student Homes, a university funded service that helps students find private sector accommodation, had its official launch on Thursday 17 October.

The LSH office is located on campus, just by the gyms and under the Mulberry Court student halls. It has now been newly refurbished and rebranded, and the staff hope that the office will be more welcoming to students and give a better impression of what they have to offer.

The work towards re-branding began last year, as several staff members described the previous office as a bit cramped and run down, with “so much green”. It is now spacious and new, with a cleaner blue and white colour scheme. The older green more corporate logo has been replaced with a friendlier one which is orange and blue.

The agency has the largest database of student homes in Liverpool with around 16,000 bed spaces. This includes a variety of properties, from larger developments and traditional housing to studios. LSH standards are in place for every one of these homes which every landlord must comply to, which the service emphasises will protect students from poor housing conditions.

Marketing & Clerical Officer Lorna Goodchild, key developer of the new brand said that “We check out properties and landlords first, and we are university funded, which is why we are different from other accommodation providers.”

The company works in conjunction with Liverpool universities. This includes University of Liverpool and John Moores University, each of who had representatives attending the launch, and Liverpool Hope University. There are stakeholders from each, and LSH identifies itself as stakeholder led, working closely with the student representatives.

“We give students choice – it’s up to them where they want to live, and we can give them assurance if there are any difficulties.”

LSH also works alongside official university accommodation, and encourages first years to try going into university halls to settle down and make friends before considering the private sector. The service appeals to students who do want an alternative living option in first year, are too late in applying for official accommodation or when students have left their homes after a year in halls.

LSH are now working on more general guidance to student housing, such as handouts and guides.

For more information about Liverpool Student Homes, look at their website or visit their office at 140 Mount Pleasant.