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 Bath
    Student
Accommodation
      Guide 2011

helping you find a new home
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                                                                                                          Bath Student
welcome                                                                                             Accommodation
                                                                                                             Guide 2011
Hello and welcome to your 2011 student
accommodation guide. This year we’ve teamed up
with the Student Community Partnership to ensure
that we are providing you with the very best and up-        Renting your first property                                                4
                                                            Points to consider when renting your first property like who to live
to-date advice on renting private accommodation.
                                                            with and pros and cons of living with a large group. Also, where and
The Student Community Partnership (SCP) is made             when to start your search.
up of Bath & North East Somerset Council and
Student and Staff representatives from the University       Bus maps & local area information                                          6
                                                            Find out which areas of Bath are serviced by University buses and a bit
of Bath and Bath Spa University.                            more about popular suburbs.
The SCP provides a forum for liaison between the
Universities, their Students' Unions and the Council        Housing checklist                                                          8
                                                            Points to consider when viewing properties.
on matters relating to students and the local
community. This includes accommodation,                     Housing Accreditation                                                  10
transport, welfare, community relations, community          What it is and what it’s for!.
safety and environmental issues.
We hope you find this information useful. If you            Contracts/deposits/retainers/guarantors 11
                                                            Does what it says on the tin.
still have unanswered questions then don’t hesitate
in contacting your relevant university contact for          The move                                                               14
further help.                                               Packing up, storing and moving your gear.


                   ia Services Importantthe move do after you have moved in.
                               After                                                                                               16
    Impressions Med                      things you should

                                                            Extra Info                                                             18
                                                            Information on getting extra shared services including cleaners,
                                                            broadband, or extra furniture for the property.
In association with                                         Money matters                                                          19
                                                            Tips on managing your finances when you move off campus.

                                                            Playing house                                                          20
                                                            Tips on keeping a happy home.

                                                            Safety in the home                                                     21
                                                            Keeping your valuables to yourself.

                                                            Staying safe in the home                                               22
                                                            Friendly advice from the Fire Safety Team.
Published on behalf of the SCP by
Impressions Media Services 07590 389155                     Living in the community                                                24
                                                            How you can help the local community by being a good neighbour.
studentaccommodationguide@hotmail.com
Contributors Simon Wharf, Hayley Smith, Bath                Illegal evictions and harassment                                       25
Student Community Partnership, Avon Fire & Rescue           Know your rights.
Service, Avon and Somerset Police                           Insurance                                                              26
Artwork/design Creative Magpie                              Advice and benefits of getting contents insurance.
creativemagpie@tiscali.co.uk                                Energy saving and recycling                                            28
Tel: 07980 285930                                           Do your bit for the environment by following these guidelines.
The publishers shall not be held liable for the loss
occassioned by the failure of an advertisement to appear,   Useful contacts                                                        30
or any damage or inconvenience caused by errors,            Contact details of people that may be able to help you in all
omissions or misprints. The SCP does not endorse any of     stages of the moving process from signing contracts to what you
the advertisers that appear in this publication.            should do if something goes wrong.
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POINTS
    TO CONSIDER




Renting
    your first prop
Finding the right place to live can         had living on your own. Your own space   between a bedsit (everything in one
be tough. Not only do you have to           = your own rules. There's undisturbed    room except the bathroom), a studio
work out where and with whom to             essay writing time (for those all        flat (like a bedsit but usually with a
shack up, but you're also up                important 3 days before the deadline),   separate kitchen) or a flat. The
against thousands of other students         no arguments about housework and         downsides are it can get lonely if
just like you, each looking for that        finally and most importantly, sole       you're not used to it and there’s no-one
holy grail of a property - a house          control over the TV remote. Living on    around to bounce ideas off.
opposite a cafe that makes great
coffee. So where do you start? Here                   “Secret crushes, disgusting habits,
are your options.                                       odd smells - they all come out”
Living on your own:                         your own is the most expensive option    Living with a group:
If you like peace and quiet and aren’t      but if you do have the money and the     Living with other people is more
the sort to freak out at the odd creak in   inclination it can be the most           popular and generally the most fun. As
the night, there are real benefits to be    productive and will mean choosing        well as real people to talk to, you get
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                                             everyone brings the stockpile of            years time too. If you want to find
                                             glasses out of their bedrooms at the        people to share with then visit your
                                             same time (prompted by the mould            Accommodation Office and ask at your
                                             growing inside) then you’ve got a bowl      Students' Union for a list of other
                                             of washing up before anyone’s eaten         people looking for housemates.
                                             breakfast. So it’s vital you give careful   No matter how you go about it, if your
                                             consideration to who you want to live       house is 3 or more floors and
                                             with. Sure you think you know the           accommodates 5 or more unrelated
                                             people in your halls now, but living in     people then your landlord should have
                                             a house when it’s just the four or so of    a House In Multiple Occupancy (HMO)
                                             you changes things. Secret crushes,         Licence. You can contact the council
                                             disgusting habits, odd smells - they all    to check the details: HMO Licensing
                                             come out. And that fun dude who was         Officer on 01225 396269.
                                             a real party animal in halls, turns out
                                             he wasn’t such a good person to             So where are you going to live?
                                             share a house with.                         Bath is made up of a number of areas
                                                                                         and the more you know before you
                                             Once you know who you’re going to           begin your search, the easier it will be
                                             live with you can start looking for         to narrow down your scope and make
                                             properties with the number of               each viewing more worthwhile. Things
                                             bedrooms you need. Student houses           to consider when choosing an area
                                             generally range from 3 to 6 bedrooms        include, accessibility by public
                                             of varying size - one property can          transport, affordability of rent (the
                                             contain rooms ranging from palatial         centre of town will cost considerably
                                             penthouse to a small box room - and         more than the outskirts) and local
                                             so most people agree to alter the           services and shops. See pg 7 for a
                                             rents to fit, e.g. the big room goes up     guide to the various areas of Bath.
                                             £15 per month and the small room
                                             goes down £15 - meaning a                   When to start
                                             difference of £30 between them.             The best time to start looking for a
                                             These agreements are between you as         house is from February onwards. You
                                             a group and do not alter your               may be tempted to get in before to
                                             responsibility for the entire rent (group   beat the crowd but that would limit
                                             contracts mean everyone is                  your viewing opportunities, leave you
                                             responsible for the whole rent - more       open to expensive contracts and
                                             on this later). When you're choosing a      increase the odds of ending up with




perty
                                             property bear in mind that while            housemates you'll regret. Both
                                             there’s no Council Tax to pay, other        universities use a database called
                                             bills come thick and fast so make sure      StudentPad to advertise private
                                             you'll have some cash left over after       lettings - an online service provided
                                             your rent.                                  in association with your uni which
                                                                                         makes looking for a property more
                                             Sharing with people you don't know:         simple. You may be able to find a
 cheaper bills and rent, better              Many landlords rent out rooms in            private landlord rather than go
 competition at Mario Kart, and access       large properties on an individual basis,    through an agency who will charge
 to one hell of a DVD collection. If you     meaning you can often move into a           fees between £20 and £100 per
 have time to study in amongst all that      house with the other rooms already          person. Buy the weekly local paper
 you also have an on-tap collection of       occupied. This way you're only              and phone them that morning. But
 brains to rack. There are downsides of      responsible for your rent and the bills     don’t rush into anything. You're going
 course. The more of you there are,          are sometimes included in the price.        to be spending the whole of next year
 the more potential there is for friction.   But of course it’s pot luck who you’ll      in the place. The last thing you'll need
 Simple things like keeping supplies         end up with. Other than the brief time      when you've got essays to write is to
 stocked up and keeping the place            you spend viewing the property,             find out the house you were in such a
 clean can become major domestic             there's no real way of telling if you’ll    hurry to sign for was in fact
 incidents. If you’ve lived in Halls         get on with them, how clean they’ll be      completely unsuitable and the
 before you’ll know how quickly things       or whether they'll intercept your           housemates you thought before
 can get out of hand. One mug from           letters. But then they may end up           Christmas you'd get on with you now
 morning tea turns into ten. If              being your best man/bridesmaid in 10        can't stand.
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AREAS IN BATH                            SOUTHDOWN                                    city centre but still a popular haunt for
CLAVERTON DOWN/COMBE DOWN                Neighbouring Oldfield Park, the              students. Surrounded by picturesque
Best situated for University of Bath     properties in Southdown are cheaper          hills with the added extra of the RUH on
students. Both areas are picturesque     but you will have a longer walk to town      the doorstep.
and well served by local shops and       and the bus stops.
                                                                                      NEWBRIDGE/LOWER WESTON
takeaways. However it’s a definite bus                                                Best suited to Bath Spa students, it's
                                         TWERTON/WHITEWAY/ODD DOWN
ride to the city.                                                                     well served by its own high street with
                                         Twerton is on the outskirts of Bath.
OLDFIELD PARK                            There are some students in Twerton,          takeaways and coffee shops catering for
Normally the most popular area for       but most residents are families. The         most needs and the houses seem less
students. It’s well served by buses to   local shops are clustered together           crammed in than other areas.
both universities, is a ten minute       so it's very convenient and will cater for
walk to town, and has its own well       most of your needs.                          For more information about areas in
developed high street of coffee                                                       Bath, look on the ‘Living in Bath’ page
shops, local supermarkets, pubs          WESTON                                       on the Student Community Partnership
and takeaways.                           You won’t want to walk home from the         website; www.townandgown.org.uk.

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Housing Checklist
ADDRESS
Property 1                                                        Property 2                                                         Property 3

................................................................. ................................................................. ..............................................................

................................................................. ................................................................. ..............................................................

................................................................. ................................................................. ..............................................................

RENT
Property 1                                                        Property 2                                                        Property 3
................................................................. ................................................................. ..............................................................


DEPOSIT
Property 1                                                        Property 2                                                        Property 3
................................................................. ................................................................. ..............................................................


LENGTH OF TENANCY
Property 1                                                        Property 2                                                        Property 3
................................................................. ................................................................. ..............................................................


IS THE PROPERTY ACCREDITED?
Property 1                                                        Property 2                                                        Property 3
................................................................. ................................................................. ..............................................................


OUTSIDE PROPERTY
Is there a front and/or back garden?
Property 1                                                        Property 2                                                        Property 3
................................................................. ................................................................. ..............................................................
Who is responsible for maintenance?
................................................................. ................................................................. ..............................................................


INSIDE PROPERTY
Are there any signs of damp? (ie. Dark patches, peeling wallpaper, flaking paint etc)
Property 1                                                        Property 2                                                        Property 3
................................................................. ................................................................. ..............................................................
Is there enough furniture for all occupants?
................................................................. ................................................................. ..............................................................
Is the furniture fire safe / in good condition?
................................................................. ................................................................. ..............................................................
Is there adequate space in the kitchen for all tenants to store and prepare food? (check cupboards, fridge and freezer space)
................................................................. ................................................................. ..............................................................

PLUMBING
Is there hot and cold running water?
Property 1                                                        Property 2                                                        Property 3
................................................................. ................................................................. ..............................................................


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Are there adequate bathroom facilities for the number of people in the house?
Property 1                                                        Property 2                                                        Property 3
................................................................. ................................................................. ..............................................................


GAS & ELECTRICITY
Are there enough electrical sockets for all appliances you’ll need in your room?
Property 1                                                        Property 2                                                        Property 3
................................................................. ................................................................. ..............................................................
Is there a current gas certificate?
................................................................. ................................................................. ..............................................................


SECURITY
Is the front door solid?
Property 1                                                        Property 2                                                          Property 3
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Does it have adequate locks?
................................................................. .................................................................   ..............................................................
Are there bolts on the top and bottom of doors?
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Do the windows have locks and keys?
................................................................. .................................................................   ..............................................................
Can all the locks be fastened securely?
................................................................. .................................................................   ..............................................................


FIRE SAFETY
Are there smoke detectors?
Property 1                                                        Property 2                                                          Property 3
................................................................. .................................................................   ..............................................................
Are there fire extinguishers and/or fire blankets?
................................................................. .................................................................   ..............................................................
Are there adequate means of escape?
................................................................. .................................................................   ..............................................................
Can the front and back doors be opened from inside without a key?
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ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Is there cavity wall insulation?
Property 1                                                        Property 2                                                          Property 3
................................................................. .................................................................   ..............................................................
Is there loft insulation?
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Are there radiators in all rooms?
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Is there double glazing or draught proofing?
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Is there a timer on your gas boiler?
................................................................. .................................................................   ..............................................................


AMENITIES
What amenities are close by? (supermarket, chemist, doctors etc)
Property 1                                                        Property 2                                                        Property 3
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   Housing Accreditation
         Scheme                                                                            A summary of the Quality
                                                                                          Marks an Accredited Proper
                                                                                                                    ty
                                                                                                   will have:
Unless you’ve spent your last five          and your front garden is on fire. If  • The property is structurally
holidays sightseeing in the same post       only you’d known the place wasn’t                                      stable.
                                                                                  • The property is free from dam
office, the Housing Accreditation           well kept before you moved in!                                             p.
                                                                                  • Adequate kitchen and bath
Scheme may not be the most exciting                                                                              room facilities
                                                                                    are provided.
title you've ever come across. But it       Well that’s where the Housing         • The maximum number of peo
                                                                                                                     ple
is actually a pretty spanking good          Accreditation Scheme comes in. It’s     accommodated is feasible for being
                                                                                                                      the
idea from those lovely folk at B&NES        basically a voluntary scheme for        property and amenities provided size of
                                                                                                                         .
Council and could save you a lot of         landlords to sign up to which        • Satisfactory internal layouts
                                                                                                                 (e.g. no
pain in the future.                         guarantees their property is up to     internal habitable room without
                                                                                                                      a window).
                                            a certain standard. The scheme is    • Rooms are big enough for thei
                                                                                                                     r
Picture the scene - it’s the first cold     supported by your university's         proposed use.
snap of winter and your pipes have          accommodation office (properties    • Adequate natural lighting and
                                                                                                                    ventilation.
burst. Water is cascading down the          belonging to the scheme are         • Hot and cold water services
                                                                                                                  work.
stairs and you’re up to your waist in it.   prioritised in your accommodation • The property is in general good repa
                                                                                                                           ir.
But that's only the half of it - the        lists) as well as the Landlord      • Fire precautions; means of
                                                                                                                escape, safe
ceiling’s about to come crashing down,      Association. So make sure you         Gas, Electrics and Furniture.
the electrics cupboard is fizzing wildly    look out for them.



                                                                                                                               Bath and
                                                                                                                    North East Somerset
                                                                                   Working together for health & wellbeing

                                                                     Property Accreditation Scheme
                                                                     Accreditation is Bath & North East Somerset Council’s seal
                                                                     of approval for properties that have been inspected, meet
                                                                     current standards and are safe for people to live in. There is
                                                                     no charge for Accreditation; it is a voluntary scheme aimed
                                                                     at raising the standard of rented accommodation.
                                                                     This is a very popular scheme and over the past 14 years
                                                                     hundreds of landlords in the district have chosen to have
                                                                     their properties accredited because of the benefits provided.
                                                                     The scheme is supported by the local Universities, the
                                                                     Landlords Association, the Police and Fire Services.
                                                                     Who to contact
                                                                     If you would like to take part in the Property Accreditation
                                                                     Scheme or require any further information please contact:
                                                                            Accreditation Team
                                                                            Adult Social Services & Housing
                                                                            Bath & North East Somerset Council
                                                                            PO Box 3343
                                                                            Bath BA1 2ZH
                                                                            Tel: 01225 396110


                                                                               Take the worry out of renting

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  Signing a
                  Contract

We’ve all been there. No sooner has             you decide to move out of a property a          If there's something you're not sure
the ink dried on your glossy new                week after moving in you will still be          about then don't sign until you've had
contract when you read the small                liable to pay the full term of the contract.    it explained. Your university offers
print and find out what you’ve really                                                           services to help explain contracts and
just agreed to. So if you want to               The fixed term is valid as long as you and      point out possible trouble.
avoid unexpected pitfalls when                  your landlord keep to the terms and
renting a property it pays to know              conditions of the contract. So if your          University of Bath students:
exactly what kinds of contracts you             landlord leaves you without hot water or        Advice and Representation Centre,
can expect to encounter and what                heating for an extended period of time it is    Students' Union, University of Bath,
the various terms really mean.                  likely they would be breaking the               Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY
                                                conditions of the contract and you would
Assured Shorthold Tenancy vs                    possibly no longer be liable for the full       Bath Spa University students:
Licence Agreement                               period of rent. Likewise, if you deliberately   Student Housing Services, Stewards
There are generally two types of contract,      damage the property you would potentially       Lodge, Newton Park, Newton St Loe,
an Assured Shorthold Tenancy and a              no longer be guaranteed occupancy. It is        Bath, BA2 9BN
Licence Agreement, and the type which           best if you seek further advice if you do
applies to you will depend on your living       become concerned with a breach of               Paying
arrangements. A Licence Agreement is            contract situation.                             Your contract should state how much
normally required if you have a resident                                                        your rent is, the frequency of payment
landlord. An Assured Shorthold Tenancy is       Joint and Several                               and how you must pay. This could be
used if you and any other tenants have          If you and your friends all sign the same       by direct debit, standing order, cheque
sole occupancy of the property.                 contract it becomes joint and several.          or post dated cheques (try to steer
                                                This means all tenants are equally liable       clear of this last option as post dated
Fixed Term                                      for the full rent of the property. So if one    cheques can be cashed before the
When you receive a contract it will most        of your friends drops out of University         date you write on them). If you're
likely be Fixed Term. This means you are        and leaves Bath, the rest of you are            paying by cheque allow at least 3
guaranteed occupancy of the property for        liable for the full rent of the property        working days for the cheque to clear -
the duration stated in the contract, which      until a replacement tenant is found.            that's three working days before your
is normally for a minimum of six months                                                         rent is due - and make sure you get a
if it's an Assured Shorthold Tenancy. But       Remember, take time to read your                receipt from your landlord so there's
it also means you are committed to              contract through because once you               no disagreement at a later date about
paying the rent for this entire period. So if   sign it you are committed to its terms.         whether you paid or not.
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Deposits                                    protected by one of the three tenancy       this time or carry out refurbishments as
It’s almost certain you'll have to pay a    deposit schemes and you should be told      long as the property is ready for you to
deposit before you move into a property.    which scheme your deposit is protected      move in on the date stated in your
This is basically a payment your            under within 14 days of paying it. At the   contract (If they are carrying out
landlord takes to cover any losses or       end of the tenancy your landlord will       refurbishments make sure you get
damage you may cause during your            inform you if they wish to deduct money     confirmation in writing including a
tenancy or for any unpaid rent and will     from your deposit. If you disagree with     completion date). Remember, your
usually be the equivalent of one to two     this you can use the tenancy deposit        landlord cannot ask you to pay full rent
months’ rent. If at the end of your         scheme’s free dispute service. This is      as a retainer. If you pay full rent then
tenancy there has been no such              why those inventories and photographs       you're entitled to move in.
damage, the rent is up to date and bills    when you move in are so important as
are paid, the deposit should be returned    they will provide you with proof of the     Guarantors
to you in full so make sure you get a       condition of the property at the start of   For many of you this will be your first
receipt for the full deposit when you pay   your tenancy. For more information visit    experience of renting a property and as
it. Everyday wear and tear is considered    www.direct.gov.uk/en/tenancydeposit.        such it is one of the key stages in
unavoidable and should not affect your                                                  becoming an independent adult. But
deposit. Here are a few things your         Retainers                                   still there's nothing like having good
landlord may keep part or all of your       So if signing a contract and paying a       old Mum and Dad to fall back on in
deposit for:                                deposit wasn’t enough your                  case you've spent all your rent money
                                            landlord/agent may also request you         on penny sweets and yoyos. And that's
• Replace or repair damaged articles        pay a retainer over the summer period       where a guarantor comes in. They’re
• Clean the premises in order to restore    before you move into a property. This       basically someone who agrees to pay
  it to a lettable condition                usually equates to half rent for every      your rent if you can’t. If you have a
• Replace keys or locks if they are not     month between the previous tenants          joint and several agreement your
  returned on time                          moving out and you moving in. You           guarantor will be jointly liable for the
• Remove rubbish left in and outside the    can't move in during this time but you      entire rent of the property. You can
  property                                  may be able to store some belongings        request that they only be liable for your
• Cover non-payment of bills or rent        there if you ask (this will be at your      portion of the rent but you must ensure
                                            own risk so make sure you have              everyone on the contract has provided
If you are signing an Assured Tenancy       insurance). Your landlord is free to rent   a guarantor and completed the
Agreement your deposit must by law be       the property out to other tenants during    necessary forms to do so.




       "J Aland lettings is a small, personal letting agency offering all aspects
       of property management. We pride ourselves in knowing not only each
                      landlord personally but every tenant too..."
             • We only deal with quality properties and specialise in student housing
             • We have landlords who care about their tenants and as such maintain the quality of
              their properties to ensure their tenants are content
             • Several of our properties have been given an exceptional award by the
              accreditation team
             • We strive to keep the lines of communication open and ensure that any problems are
              dealt with as quickly as possible to the satisfaction of both our landlords and tenants
             • All houses are either accreditied or are working towards being accreditied, Energy
              Performance Certificates and HMO licence where applicable


                                     Call 01225 311911
                                      or email contact@jalandlettings.com
                                           www.jalandlettings.com
                                       8 Albion Place, Upper Bristol Road, Bath BA1 3AD
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         As a student,
         you may be
         exempt from
         paying Council
         Tax or be able
         to claim a
         discount.


         Don’t forget to sort out
         your Council Tax!
         If you’re studying at Bath Spa
         University or University of Bath …
         …all you need to do is register online with your
         university when they ask you to. Then complete
         an online form to confirm your student status.
         For more advice & information visit the web at
         www.bathnes.gov.uk or call 01225 477 777.




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 Time
      to move




                                                      yeah!
So the first thing you'll need to sort out    moving in process that much easier.            know where to look if you need to dig out
is what to do with all your stuff when        Storage companies often offer reduced          something important (like your passport,
you move out of your present digs.            rates on removal services too so if you are    cheque book or vital daily medicine).
                                              thinking of using a removal firm, make
If you're lucky you'll have parents with a    sure you ask about these costs when            If you're using a removal firm make sure
big lovely car, willing to pick you and       booking your storage.                          you ring round a few companies for
everything up, whisk you back to the                                                         quotes (you'll need to have an idea of
bosom of the family abode, wash, clothe       Storage companies also sell packing            how many boxes etc you're likely to
and feed you during the summer months,        boxes, bubble wrap etc but to save you         have). Once you have a price you're
and then bring you and all of it back again   some cash head down to your local              happy with, book them in for a specific
in time for your move in date. If that        shops and ask there first. Supermarkets,       date and time. Make sure you get in
doesn't sound like the family you know        shops and pubs get deliveries in boxes         early as removal companies get booked
then you may need the services of a           daily and are usually more than happy to       up fast - remember, a big portion of the
storage company. These guys rent out          give them to you for free. Black bags are      students in Bath will be moving at the
rooms in vast tiered warehouses,              great for packing your bedding and             same time as you. The other option is
resembling a cross-between something          clothes. You don’t even have to take out       you can rent a van yourself. Just take
out of a James Bond film and the Shining,     the hangers. Just roll the clothes round       note with this last option that many hire
and charge you a weekly rate for the time     the hanger and in they go - saves time at      companies only rent to drivers over 25
your gear's there based upon the size of      the other end as you just have to unroll       so you'll have to refer to their terms and
the container you need. The benefits of       them and hang them back up again. Who          conditions first. If you can’t rent a van
using a storage company are they're           says students are cheap? Boxes are             yourself you could enlist the services of
secure (you use your own padlock for the      good for books, cd’s and all your other        a 'man with a van'. You'll see these
room so buy one from a hardware store         junk but refrain from filling up too big a     advertised in the classified ads of local
rather than the storage people as they        box as you may find you can't lift it or the   newspapers or on your university
charge more), you don’t have to haul your     bottom falls out because you’ve                message boards. Beware though, these
belongings halfway across the country         crammed in too much heavy stuff. And           are unregulated services. Never go on
and back, and your gear is all boxed up       make sure you label the boxes as you go.       your own and make sure you agree the
and ready for the big day, making the         If they all end up saying 'stuff' you wont     price in advance.
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         ACCOMMODATION
                 for Academic Year 2011/12
    Fully accredited properties plus added security
    Properties for groups of 2, 5, 6 and 9
    Central locations
    All rooms are broadband connected

    We are not an agency so
    NO AGENCY FEES!

    Contact Nick Robinson on
    07768 748191 or nickrobinsonproperty@hotmail.co.uk
BHG013
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                                            After the
                                            m ove
     PHOTOS
     Take photos of your new
     property so you have a
     record of the condition of
     the property and the
                                           checklist
     contents when you move in.
                                  dated by
      Get these photos signed and                                                       ed will be held
      your landlord or agent.                            of the bills as only those nam
                                                                                        ’ve rented
                                                         responsible for paying. If you
                                                                                        asking them if
      INVENTORY                                          through an agency it’s worth
                                                                                       for you. If you
      Go through the inventory car
                                      efully. Tick off   they have already done this
                                                                                        er then you
      the items as you find them     and check the        wish to switch energy provid
                                                                                       your
       condition. Note down any ma
                                        rks on the        should get permission from
                                      bring them to       landlord/agent.
       carpets, walls, furniture and
                                        agent. The
       the attention of your landlord/
                                       're moving out    COUNCIL TAX
       last thing you want when you                                                           se is a full
       is to be hit with a bill for dam
                                        age which         As long as everyone in the hou
                                                                                           to pay Council
        was there when you moved
                                      in. Some            time student you don’t have
                                                                                          the exemption -
        contracts stipulate you must
                                       have the place     Tax. But you must claim for
                                                                                            register your
        professionally cleaned when
                                       you leave. If      it's not automatic. When you
                                                                                            at the start of
        that's the case make sure it’s
                                         clean when        details on-line with your uni
                                                                                           for Council Tax
        you arrive. Also, make a not
                                       e of any extra      term, there is an opt-in box
                                                                                             your house is
        items and ask your landlord
                                       about them.         exemption. If one member of
                                                                                           a 25% sole
                                                           not a full time student then
                                                                                           meaning
       METER READINGS                                       occupier discount applies -
                                                                                               or more are
       Take a reading of the electr
                                      ic, gas and           there's still 75% to pay. If two
                                                                                            the full amount
       water meters the day you
                                    move in. You            non-full time students then
                                                                                                vant if you
       shouldn’t pay for anything
                                     before these           applies. This is particularly rele
                                                                                             upied house
       readings. Ask your landlord
                                        and/or agent         are renting a room in an occ
                                                                                                 while you
       if you don’t know where to
                                       find the              sharing with professionals. For
                                                                                               ers who are
        meters. If you're unsure wh
                                        ich numbers          may be exempt, house memb
                                                                                             should be
        you need, write them all dow
                                          n. When you        not may still believe the tax
                                                                                                tenants. If
        contact the utility companies
                                           they’ll tell       divided equally among all the
        you what they need.                                   you need more advice visit
                                                              www.bathnes.gov.uk, email
                                                                                              or call
        REGISTER FOR BILLS                                    counciltax@bathnes.gov.uk
                                      tract to see             01225 477777.
         You need to check your con
         whether it’s your responsib ility to contact the
                                       register                TV LICENCE
         various utility companies to                                                             TV
         yourselves as the new ten  ants. Your                 If you have a TV or access live
                                                                                                 er then you
         landlord/agency will be able
                                         to tell you who       services through your comput
          currently provides the gas and electric to the will need a TV Licence. Visit
                                                                                                            .
                                         names go on all www.tvlicensing.co.uk for more details
          property. Make sure all your


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Last but
not least
If there are 3+ of you then you could      mobile broadband
share the cost of a cleaner. A couple of   provider. When
hours every week or two will cost          looking at your
around £20-25 between you all and in       options, you might
that time the cleaner will handle most     want to check out a
of the bigger jobs around the house -      package that includes TV as
the vacuuming, floor washing, dusting      well as it usually gets thrown in for free
the tapestries - leaving you just the      (or at least for a very reduced rate) -      Remember
everyday stuff like washing up and         especially useful if you like Top Gear or    to check with your
washing your clothes. Sure it may          Come Dine With Me. Landlines usually         landlord before you sign up to an
seem a little extravagant (which it is)    work out a lot cheaper than mobile           agreement and install a landline,
and sure some people will say if you       phones as most companies offer free          internet connection or digital dish/box.
made the mess you should clean it up       evening and weekend calls (to other
(which you should) but if you've got the   landlines) so you could save some cash       If you need more furnishings check out
cash and you're lazy then why not?         by downgrading your mobile package           your local furniture projects (details in
                                           too. As always before signing up to any      the back of this magazine). They take
To hook up                                 agreement, shop around for the best          in good quality second hand furniture
to the                                     package – student discounts and              and sell it on in the name of charity.
internet                                   packages are being offered on an               You should also check notices in
you're                                     increasingly wide variety of products.                local shops, local papers,
going to                                   Ideally if you go for a package deal                     Trade It and charity shops.
need a                                     you’ll want a free wifi router and                        There is also a great online
landline                                     you shouldn’t be paying any                              community called
or a                                              more than £25-£30                                   Freecycle where people
wireless                                              for the whole                               give stuff away for free.
                                                         package.                                     Sofas, beds, tables. All you
                                                                                                         have to do is apply to
                                                                                                         become part of the
                                                                                                         community and respond
                                                                                                         to posts fast. Make sure
                                                                                                        you check your contract
                                                                                                       or with your landlord first
                                                                                                      as some contracts state
                                                                                                     you're not allowed to bring
                                                                                                     in extra furniture.


                                                                                                 Don’t forget to let your
                                                                                                  landlord know if the property
                                                                                                  is going to be empty for a
                                                                                                 period of time (if you are
                                                                                                going away for Christmas etc).

18
 Money
              Matters




If you have concerns or find yourself       year and there are lots of clubs and        Try to get as many of your
in difficulties, ask for help sooner        societies you can get involved in.          housemates names on the utility
rather than later.                                                                      bills, and any other items for which
                                            TRAVEL                                      you are jointly responsible.
FOOD                                        Wessex Connect and First Buses travel       If your landlord will allow it, shop
Shop together as a household, either        to Bath Spa University and the              around for cheaper utility providers.
weekly or fortnightly. Do your grocery      University of Bath sites.                   www.uswitch.com
shopping online if it helps.                www.uni-connect.co.uk or
Plan your menu’s for the week. You’ll be    www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/                   CONTACT DETAILS
surprised at how much money you can         southwest/bristol/students_bath             Bath Spa Students
save if you do this.                        Consider buying a 16-25 railcard. Some      Student Support Service: Our Main
Ever thought about investing in a slow      mature students are also eligible. It’s a   Office is in Doynton Building.
cooker? They come in different sizes and    very good proposition if you intend         Welfare and Student Money Advice
can save you both time and money,           making longer journeys during the year.     Email: studentsupport@bath.ac.uk
especially if you want to share cooking     www.16-25railcard.co.uk                     Telephone: 01225 876163
responsibilities. In addition, they don’t                                               Website: www.bathspa.ac.uk/
use a lot of energy. www.amazon.co.uk       BILLS                                       services/student-services/
Recommended Book: Hamlyn All Colour         Don’t pay off bills based on                current-students/your-money/
200 Slow Cooker Recipes by Sara Lewis.      ‘estimated’ readings.
                                            Agree with your housemates how              University of Bath Students
SOCIAL LIFE AND ACTIVITIES                  bills are to be paid. How about             Student Services Centre
A good social life doesn't have to be       setting up a joint household account        4West
expensive - and remember that your          with a bank or building society?            Access online help via SAMIS – just log
student friends will be just as keen as     Alternatively, you could have a ‘pot’       in and look for the Student Services
you to find social activities that don't    that you all can contribute a weekly        Helpdesk tab.
cost too much.                              or monthly amount into.                     Telephone: 01225 385538
You’ll find that the Students' Union        Don’t place sole responsibility on          Website: www.bath.ac.uk/
features in your social life - the SU       one person to collect in the money          studentservices/money-service/
organises many events during the            and pay all the utility bills.
                                                                                                                            19
   Playing
                              house
Ok so you've moved your gear in,
hooked up your stereo and built a
                                            it is to go will be around when you need
                                            them to (which is generally the moment
                                                                                         as you’re all keen on keeping the house
                                                                                         to the same standard but problems arise
little fort in your cupboard no-one         you find out there's no toilet roll). So     when one or more housemates are less
else knows about, job done right?           you may find it better to have a set day     committed than the others and jobs get
Well sort of, but if you want to keep       each week when you all go shopping           left. So like with the shopping, you may
on good terms with your housemates,         together. This won’t eliminate the need      find it best to ditch the rota and plan
it’s worth spending a little time as a      to head to the local shops for a pint of     group clean up days instead. Sure it’s no
group deciding how you will run             milk now and then, but it should help        trip to Alton Towers, but... err... hmm...
things first.                               keep general stocks up and make sure         okay there's no but, you just gotta clean
                                            everyone is contributing the same            up sometimes.
The Kitty                                   amount. It also means you can plan
To save space and wastage there are         group meals together which saves             Respect your housemates
certain essentials it makes sense for       money and limits the washing up.             Sorry to break the bad news but there's
you to buy as a group - milk, teabags,                                                   going to be times when you have to get
washing up liquid, black bags etc. But      Cleaning                                     out of bed. It's the only drawback of
how you agree who buys what and             If you want to stick to the terms of your    being a student. So to make the pain
when can be trickier than you think.        contract and avoid contracting               more bearable, it helps to respect each
People generally start off with the same    something unpleasant, you're going to        other's early starts.
idea – we’ll put ‘X’ amount into a kitty    have to clean up once in a while. Many       If you do have a problem with someone
each week to buy all the shared things.     people start out with a cleaning rota        in the house, then speak up. It will only
But it’s not always that easy. It can be    where set jobs rotate between the            get worse if you don’t.
hard knowing who has paid and who           housemates and everyone has a go at
hasn't and even if you keep up to date,     every job at least once, including           REMEMBER The number of people
who’s actually going to the shops? Sure     tackling the darkness each and every         you live with directly correlates to the
you can agree to take turns, but it won’t   one of us all must face one day -            amount of understanding, flexibility
always be the case that whoever's turn      cleaning the toilet. This can work as long   and toilet roll you will need.

20
 Safety
        In the home


Useful tips from the Police to help keep you and your stuff safe
This is probably the first time you will      Laptops are the item of choice for thieves.        Bath is a safe city with plenty to enjoy.
have lived in rented accommodation off        If you love yours, look after it. Mark it          Let’s keep it that way. Above all, we
campus or not directly linked to the          with either your parents or the University         wouldn’t want you to become one of the
University. From a security point of          postcode using a u v marker pen.                   few victims that suffers a crime.
view, you will now need to think a bit        Register the details of your laptop, mobile
harder about keeping your stuff safe!         phone and any other lifestyle equipment                       Student Watch is an
                                              by visiting www.immobilise.com All                             initiative which has been
You will be sharing a property with other     Police forces around the country check                         initiated and developed by a
                                                                                                             core group of student
students and you all need to work             this register. If your stuff is lost or stolen,              volunteers from Bath Spa
together on this!                             we may be able to re-unite you with it.            University , Avon & Somerset
Check that the property has decent doors                                                         Constabulary, B&NES Council
& windows with locks that work. If you’re     Remember:                                          Community Safety Team, Bath Spa
                                                                                                 University Students’ Union and the
not happy, speak to your landlord. Make            Your laptop - Your work                       Student Community Partnership. It’s
sure you lock up when you go out and               If it’s stolen - You’re gutted!               aim is to increase safety awareness
check this has been done. Don't leave it                                                         amongst students living in halls and
to someone else. Most burglaries occur        So, what should you be thinking about              private accommodation in the
                                                                                                community across Bath.
through open windows. Don't leave             when you do go out? Remember,
valuables on show. Your property can act      there’s safety in numbers. When you go            Students will run awareness raising
                                                                                                campaigns at both universities in Bath to
as a shop window to a thief!                  out as a group, stick together and look           raise awareness amongst their peers
You may have visitors to your property        out for each other. Use taxis or public           about personal, home and property
who you don’t recognise. Check them           transport to get around. Never be                 safety.
out! Don’t assume they are someone            tempted into walking up dark alleys or            To find out more visit:
else’s friend. You’d be surprised how         poorly lit pathways. Don’t flash your             http://www.townandgown.org.uk/
much stuff gets stolen by people just         cash, or mobile about. Be discreet with           BeingaGoodNeighbour/Pages/
wandering into student properties and         your stuff. Have a good time but stay in          StudentWatch.aspx
helping themselves! Be especially alert if    control. Excessive alcohol consumption
there are visitors in your house. Keep your   is the cause of more problems than                Students Keeping Students Safe
valuable stuff locked away out of sight.      drink spiking.
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     Staying safe
                   in the home


Are you planning to move out of your          Fires can be devastating, destroying        A working smoke alarm can provide
halls of residence next year and              belongings and endangering lives.          an early warning that a fire has
share a house in rented                        A recipe for a safe kitchen:              broken out and can provide extra
accommodation with your mates?                • Never leave cooking unattended,          minutes to escape, especially at night.
                                              even for a few minutes as fire can          Ask your landlord to fit a smoke
Have you ever thought about your safety       break out and spread quickly, with         detector and check the battery once a
and what to do if a fire breaks out?          devastating consequences.                  week to ensure it is working.
                                              • Alcohol and cooking is a recipe
Avon Fire & Rescue Service is working         for disaster.                              Remember the fire and rescue service
with the Student Community Partnership                                                   is here to help, so if you do discover a
to help you feel safe at home.                Working smoke alarms save lives            fire, get out, stay out and call 999.
                                              Make sure you have working smoke
Watch what you heat                           alarms in the property. Your landlord is   For more fire safety advice visit the
Between October 2008 and August               legally responsible to ensure smoke        student safety pages at
2009 78% of fires in student                  detectors are fitted and working,          www.avonfire.gov.uk or find us on
accommodation started in the kitchen.         under the Housing Act (Local               Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
                                              Authority).
Many of the fires started after cooking
was left unattended or when students had      If a fire does break out, just two or
returned from a night out drinking alcohol,   three breaths of toxic smoke can
put food on to cook and fallen asleep.        render a person unconscious.
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BHG008
  Living in the
         Community
Living in town is a completely              music). Your university and the Council      also pay attention to your tenancy
different experience to living on           jointly run the Student Action Line where    agreement as some blocks of student
campus. As well as many students,           students or local residents can offer        housing have parking restrictions within
you will be part of a wider community       praise as well as report complaints          the tenancy agreement.
made up of a whole host of different        about student related issues. Your
people - families, professionals,           university is keen to maintain healthy       For more information on parking zones
pensioners to name but a few - and          relationships with the local community       in the city visit www.bathnes.gov.uk or
how you integrate yourself into the         and any disruption you cause will be         contact 01225 477133/4
community will play a big part in           taken very seriously. Disciplinary action
shaping your experience of the city.        could be taken against those who bring       Bath Spa University students:
                                            their institution into disrepute and could   Students who live in University
Get to know the people around you.          affect your chances of graduating.           controlled accommodation are not
Introduce yourself to your neighbours, a    But getting to know your neighbours is       allowed to park on site or to have a car
brief chat can go a long way to putting     not just about you keeping out of            park permit unless they have a
people's minds at rest. No-one's            trouble. Its also a great way to learn       disability. Students and staff are
expecting you to live like a saint but      about the area you now live in - which       encouraged to use public transport, car
consideration for your neighbours can       day the recycling is collected, where the    sharing and cycling.
make a big difference. So if you're         local buses go to, which pubs show
having a party let your neighbours know     football matches and which takeaways         University of Bath students:
in advance, keep music levels down,         offer the best dishes.                       Parking spaces on the University are
end the party at a reasonable time if                                                    very limited in numbers and
there are lots of you and ask your          PARKING                                      students living in private
friends to leave quietly at the end.        If you have a car, please contact the        accommodation, wishing to park without
If you do receive a complaint about the     Council about whether you are eligible       a permit must use the pay-and-display
noise then make sure you act on it. A       for a parking permit. The allocations for    facility only, The cost of which is
visit from the Environmental Health         parking permits within Bath’s residential    £1 per hour to a maximum of 6 hours.
Officer can leave you with a hefty fine     areas are very limited. You should also      Permits are only issued in
and your beloved sound equipment can        contact your landlord to find out            exceptional circumstances so students
be seized (including your laptop with all   whether there is an allocated parking        are encouraged to use public
your coursework on if you use it to play    space or permit for the premises. Please     transport to and from the campus.
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  Illegal evictions and
                        Harassment



It pays to know your rights
Illegal Evictions                              and attempting to evict you without            a bad state of repair that it is
As a tenant you have something called          proper procedure. If you are suffering         dangerous or uncomfortable for you to
security of tenure. This means you can’t       harassment you can get an injunction to        stay there, or start building works and
be evicted without the correct notice and      stop it as well as compensation.               leaving them unfinished.
in the case of an Assured Shorthold                                                         • Sending builders in without any notice
Tenancy, a court order. If your landlord       Here's a list of possible actions by           or at unsociable hours.
tries to evict you without this                your landlord which could be                 • Removing or restricting services such
documentation they are committing a            considered as harassment:                      as hot water or heating.
criminal offence and it’s time to report it.                                                • Changing locks (and not giving you
This is the case even if you have rent         • Refusing or restricting your access to       the new keys).
arrears (which means you're behind with          parts of your accommodation.               • Moving in ‘stooge’ tenants who cause
your rent) or if you've breached your          • Stopping you from having a guest             a nuisance.
tenancy agreement in some other way.             (unless this was part of your contract).   • Forcing tenants to sign agreements
                                               • Constant visits from your landlord or        that reduce their rights.
Harassment                                       their agents, visits late at night or
As far as renting goes, harassment is            without warning.                           If you feel you're being harassed or your
basically anything done by your landlord       • Offering you money or threatening          landlord is attempting an illegal eviction,
that interferes with your occupation.            you.                                       get in contact with the advice services
This could include letting themselves          • Entering your home when you’re not         in your Students' Union or the Student
into the property or showing prospective         there and without permission.              Support Services at your university for
tenants round without giving you notice        • Allowing the property to get into such     more advice.

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 Insurance
                                                                                   • Students carry over a third of
                                                                                   their possessions with them
                                                                                   worth over £1,300

                                                                                 • BlackBerry winning the mobile
                                                                                   battle over iPhones



STUDENTS TAKE £4,000 WORTH OF POSSESSIONS TO
UNIVERSITY AND CARRY A THIRD WITH THEM
A new survey published by                    • Digital cameras (62%)                      when you leave.
Endsleigh, the number one student            • Hair straighteners (49%)                   3. Make sure valuables are not left in
insurance provider, reveals that             • Make-up (42%)                              full view if leaving them unattended for
today’s student will take just under         • Games consoles (27%)                       any length of time.
£4,000* worth of possessions with            • Sports equipment (25%)                     4. Try not to draw attention to valuable
them to university. In addition, over a      • Musical instruments (24%)                  possessions when walking around the
third of these possessions will be                                                        town or campus.
carried around town and campus by            Nearly every student has a mobile phone      5. Endsleigh can cover you from £29.40
students – with over £1,300 worth of         but the survey found that with students      for 1 year’s contents insurance in Bath
possessions on them at any one time.         BlackBerry (8%) is winning the battle of     postcodes. Ensure you are covered by
                                             the smartphone over the iPhone (6%).         insurance that is specially tailored to
A student cycling into university carrying   Musical instruments were named as the        students’ needs by visiting
their laptop, mobile phone, MP3 player       most expensive possession with an            www.endsleigh.co.uk/board or phoning
and books while wearing a watch and          average value of £778. Other expensive       0800 028 7255.
typically valued clothes would have an       items that many students are taking to
average of £1,305 worth of possessions       university include DJ equipment (£418)       *Students took £3,785 to university
on them. This figure even excludes other     and laptops (£574). The average              according to the survey
popular possessions, such as jewellery,      student’s wardrobe is worth in excess of     ** Home Office statistics show that
makeup, cash and credit cards.               £450. Around 1 in 10 students (9%)           393,000 domestic burglaries took place
The survey revealed that the most            take their car to university, while double   in 2009/10 -http://rds.homeoffice.gov.uk/
common item taken to university is a         (18%) keep a bike.                           rds/pdfs10/hosb1210.pdf
laptop. Every student surveyed will be
taking either a laptop (94%) or a            Endsleigh’s top tips to help you keep        Endsleigh’s possessions survey used
desktop computer (6%) to university for      your possessions safe:                       results taken from a study of 692 first
the start of the new term according to       1. Ensure that you check the security of     year students in July 2010.
Endsleigh’s data.                            your accommodation when you arrive
Other popular possessions students take      and raise any safety concerns with the
to university include;                       landlord/halls of residence immediately.
• Mobile phone (79%)                         2. Always make sure the doors and
• MP3 players/iPods (73%)                    windows to your room/flat are locked
26
BHG003
Energy saving
28
     & Recycling
You may have heard something in the         stole a Cornish pasty out of my hand in   continue to put your rubbish out at the
news about a little thing called            broad daylight.                           wrong time and place the Council has
climate change. It tends to get             But not all the waste we produce has      the power to fine you £75.
mentioned from time to time. In fact        to end up in landfill sites. In B&NES
unless you've been living on the            nearly 43% of household waste             To find out your collection day go to the
Moon for the last ten years you'll          collected is recycled. Your recycling     ’Find local information’ box on the
have a pretty good idea what the fuss       and waste is collected weekly from        Council website homepage
is all about. Needless to say we all        your home. Make sure you have the         www.bathnes.gov.uk and enter your
must do our bit and watching our            correct containers - a green box for      postcode.
energy and water consumption is one         recycling, a blue bag for cardboard
way we can help. And if saving the          and two black containers for the new      Here's a few guidelines for recycling
world wasn’t enough it also saves           weekly food waste collection which        and rubbish collection:
you cash too. That's right young            started from 4 October. For more          • Bag up rubbish carefully and
person, cash. Lovely stinking cash          information on this new food waste          remember to put it out every week
which is free for you to do whatever        collection see                              rather than let it build up.
you want with.                              www.bathnes.gov.uk/foodwaste. These       • Recycle everything you can using
                                            containers are all available free from      your green box (including glass
Here's some ways to help you save           Council Connect: email                      bottles and jars, paper, cans,
energy:                                     councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk or tel        batteries, foil, plastic bottles, and
• Switch lights off when you leave a        01225 39 40 41. Garden waste can be         other household plastic packaging,
  room                                      collected from your home but there is       clothes and shoes). Make sure it is
• Switch off your chargers when not in      a charge – see the website for details.     clean and sorted into material types.
  use. Most chargers continue to draw       Non-recyclable rubbish is collected on    • If you have extra recycling you can
  electricity even when the appliance       the same day as your recycling and          put it out in carrier bags but leave
  isn’t plugged into it.                    needs to be put out in black bin bags       them open so they can be identified
• Check communal appliances are             or a conventional dustbin. You are          as recycling rather than rubbish.
  switched off, not just left on Standby.   responsible for keeping your home         • Please cut and flatten your cardboard
• Turn your heating down. Lowering the      and garden free from waste so if            and brown paper so it fits into your
  temperature by just 1°C will save         rubbish is spilled then it’s your           blue bag and remove any
  10% on your heating bill. And keep        responsibility to clean it up. Spilled      plastic/sticky tape.
  windows and doors closed when the         rubbish is a health risk and an eye
  heating is on.                            sore, not to mention a possible source
• Walk or cycle as much as you can          of identity theft.                        There are also three Recycling Centres
  (get fit, save cash, save the world –     Put your recycling and rubbish out by     in B&NES where you can take extra
  done).                                    7am on your collection day at the         recycling, rubbish or larger items such
• Use public transport. A railcard will     front edge of your property so it can     as unwanted furniture and electrical
  save you £100’s and you can catch         be easily seen by the crews and make      goods. Visit the Council website
  up with uni reading in comfort.           sure you bring in your containers as      www.bathnes.gov.uk/wasteservices to
- Wash your clothes with your flatmates     soon as possible after emptying. If you   find the centre near you.
  instead of wasting water with half-
  loads or use the half-load / economy
  setting if your machine has one.
  Modern detergents work just as well
  at 30°C as they do on higher
  temperatures - including Eco brands
  made from natural ingredients.
• Share as much as possible – lift
  share, cook for each other, even take
  a bath together.

RECYCLING AND WASTE
Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES)
produces about 77,000 tonnes of
waste each year - one huge heap of
rubbish. Not only does this cost us all
money and put a lot of pressure on our
environment but it’s also producing a
race of renegade seagulls who once
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Useful Contacts
STUDENT COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP (Bath) ....................................................................01225 385113
www.townandgown.org.uk


BATH SPA UNIVERSITY
Private Sector database www.bathspastudentpad.co.uk
Student Housing Services.................................................................................................01225 875 843
http://housing.bathspa.ac.uk
Stewards Lodge, Newton Park, Newton St Loe


UNIVERSITY OF BATH
Private Sector database www.bathstudentpad.co.uk
Accommodation Office .....................................................................................................01225 383 111
www.bath.ac.uk/accommodation
6 West Level 1, Claverton Down Campus
Advice and Representation Centre...................................................................................01225 386 906
SU Student Centre, 1 East Level 3, Claverton Down Campus


AVON AND SOMERSET POLICE .........................................................................................0845 456 7000
www.avonandsomerset.police.uk
AVON FIRE & RESCUE .......................................................................................................0117 926 2061
www.avonfire.gov.uk
SHELTER ............................................................................................................................0808 800 4444
http://england.shelter.org.uk/
BATH AND DISTRICT CITIZENS ADVICE............................................................................0844 848 7919
www.adviceguide.org.uk
TV LICENSING....................................................................................................................0844 800 6790
www.tvlicensing.co.uk
GENESIS FURNITURE PROJECT (good quality secondhand furniture and white goods) .....................01225 421 111
www.genesistrust.org.uk
BATH FREECYCLE ......................................................................................................................................
http://groups.freecycle.org/bathfreecycle
WESSEX WATER ...............................................................................................................0845 600 3 600
www.wessexwater.co.uk
DIRECTGOV - DEPOSIT ADVICE.................................................................................................................
www.direct.gov.uk./en/tenancydeposit
ENERGY EFFICIENCY ADVICE..............................................................................................0800 512 012
COUNCIL CONNECT - (for all Council services)...................................................................01225 394 041
www.bathnes.gov.uk/contactus


Getting around
UNICONNECT .....................................................................................................................01179 869 953
www.uni-connect.co.uk
FIRST BUS .........................................................................................................................0845 606 4446
www.firstgroup.com

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         Look after your property and mark it with
         your university initials and your student
         ID number

         Register all items on
         www.immobilise.com. It’s free and can
         help to re-unite you with your property if
         anything is stolen

         Lock up whenever you go out

         Stay safe, alert and in control when
         out at night. Remember, there’s
         safety in numbers




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