Utility Bills

Student Accommodation Utility Bills

Yes, this is an over-site by many including myself so I though I would share my thoughts with you. I live in the great student accommodation Nottingham city has to offer. I found my property by doing a lot of on-line research. I used various sites to gain information and ideas of how to get the best properties and which area. Why? you may ask. Simple really -Money. To many of my friends seemed a little over keen to sign for the best and lavish at $90 per week this enhancing there student loan to new heights. I did not want to do this, I figured that by shaving $30 per week from my rent I would be saving a fortune and not only that I guess that $30 would easily cover my going out or even utility bills. Which leads me nicely onto Utility Bills

My Utility Bills in Nottingham Student Accommodation

I put Nottingham in the title because i think it is important that people are fully aware that my out goings and budgets are reflected in the city I am staying in. Cambridge, london etc will all have higher rents and possibly rates.

Living in a large shared house is great, we have freedom and space but we also have independence from one another. This means when i am out the house the heating and electric may still be on. If i am the only one in the house then maybe the heating and electric will still be on. Independence can also bring conflict such as, I am more than happy to pay may share of the bills but them maybe someone else is not. Maybe someone is using far more and i mean notably more power and gas than me and I feel it is a little unfair that they pay the same as me.

All this can cause problems so what do you do.

First of all chat about how you will be and manage your utilities. There are a few options available to you these being:

  • Inclusive bills – cost of utilities is included in your rent so it is always paid and never fluctuates
  • Agree an amount to contribute and any surplus created can be for drinks etc at the end of the year
  • Use a company that manges your bills for each individual so that as long as you pay your share you are not involved with any disputes with providers.

Get serious about how together you can save on your bills. Why not implement ideas that could save such as:

  • Buy an electric fan heater so that when there is just 1 or 2 of you home you can leave the heating off and just heat the lounge or bedroom.
  • If you have a combi boiler, shower etc when the heating is on, there will be many showers and baths used in your house and buying doing this in conjunction with your heating helps you get the most from your boiler.
  • Try and oven cook together, in a family home these points may sound like a penny here or there but the reality is in your student accommodation you will be getting through the units quickly and these savings will add up. Buy cooking together the best you can will probably save 50 pence to a pound per day.

Some helpful links regarding this advice can be found here:

Student accommodation Nottingham – advice on living in student housing

Glide – system for managing student utility bills individually

Student beansstudent accommodation bills – Great student blog filled with tips and advice


House Party Rules

Yes the best thing about moving into student accommodation is house parties. What makes these so appealing is the fact that your now living away from home. No parents and no body breathing down your neck!

If like me you have moved into a house as your chosen student accommodation then I have put together these simple rules for you to follow to have the best ever house party.

1) People, you need people but not to many so do not be a Muppet and advertise it on Facebook, but on the other hand don’t forget to tell your friends and their friends else you will get a big fail.

student accommodation party

2)Pop, more precisely booze and in abundance because we student can drink for England. Best to get your self down to the super market for them cheap deals.

student accommodation alcohol

3)Games, come on this is university so why not get in the spirit of things and get some classic drinking games on the go, my favourite is spinning around with the stick, you know what i am talking about.

student accommodation twister

4)Cameras out, you may not have invited Facebook, but get all those funny embarrassing snaps online.

student accommodation party

5)Food, you need to soak up the beer. Not much of a snack man myself so I always ensure I have a take away ordered from the local Kebab house.

student kebab

6)Tunes, its your student house so get them fat tunes blaring. @but what about the neighbours, more than likely they are students also, invite them round.

fat bass

7)Tidy,OMG did I just say that. Do not geek out but at least have a few bin liners on hand to every now and then you can fill up with rubbish. The only reason I give this tip is it means there will be less to do with your fat hangover in the morning.

party mess

8)Last but not least BOOZE, yep more booze. No student house party will be completed unless it has a classic bowl of punch like they do across the pond.


So there you have it, my guide to a party in your student accommodation. Please though be aware that http://www.student-accommodation-nottingham.com/ is not responsible for your behaviour or actions and certainly does not condone it.