Capland Sheffield Student Accommodation Blog

6 tips for choosing a student house

16 October 2018

It’s coming up to that time of the year where students must start thinking about their house for the next year. We’ve compiled some tips to make the process a bit easier for you.


1) Start searching as early as possible – although October might seem like too early to start looking for a house for next July, the earlier you start looking, the better chance you have of getting the house you want!


2)  Make sure to choose the right people – remember you have to live with these people for a whole year. If you’re stuck with people who you don’t get on with, it will make your university experience a whole lot worse. 


3)  Take time to look round a few houses – don’t instantly sign for the first house you see. Try and see a few over the space of a few days so you get a good idea of which house would be right for you and your friends. 


4)  Decide a budget for rent – decide amongst your house of how much you are prepared to spend per week, excluding bills. You can then refine your search depending on this budget.


5) Ask the current tenants and landlord questions – put together a list of questions to ask to get the best feel of the house. Questions about parking, if the property have any history of dampness, fire and carbon monoxide alarms and what will be required to get full deposit back at end of contract.


6)Go to the housing fairs – these give you a real opportunity to talk to landlords, ask any questions, see photos of available houses and arrange viewings. They usually take place in November and are definitely worth it!

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6 tips for staying organised at University

12 October 2018

 Although term has only just started, it’s important to be organised with university work from the beginning in order to prevent it all piling up. Getting yourself organised early will save you a whole lot of stress, time and money! 


1    Get enough sleep – Possibly the most important tip, but also the trickiest to stick too. We know it’s never possible to get a full eight hours every night when at university, but you will never feel on top of things when you’ve only had a few hours’ sleep every night. 


2)    Make the most out of the university library – While it may seem like a good idea to work from home, from the comfort of your own bed, it probably isn’t. University libraries are full of resources, silent study and are much less likely to be distracted by housemates and social media. 


3)    Buy a planner / journal – Although it may seem outdated to have a diary these days, as everyone tends to use their phones, it really does help with staying on top of deadlines alongside your personal life. You can use a diary to create weekly or monthly timetables, put reminder messages of upcoming deadlines and even create weekly money trackers.


4)    Test out apps and websites – There are hundreds of different apps and websites which are created in order to help you with staying organised. Some of our favourites include StudyBlue, an app which uses your course information to create a set of revision cards, Exam Countdown which keeps track of the days until each of your exams and Alarmy, which is an app meant for students who struggle to wake up early; the app requires users to complete small tasks before it turns off.


5)    Use a stopwatch or timer – When working, turn your phone on aeroplane mode, remove any other distractions from where you are working and set a timer for 30- or 40-minute blocks, followed by a 10 to 15-minute break. 


6)    Reward yourself – If you don’t reward yourself for hard work, you’ll find it tricky to stay motivated. Plan your rewards around your work, meaning you’ll have something to look forward to after finishing the task in hand. It could be anything from ordering a takeaway to going out to the pub with friends.

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Days Out in Sheffield

4 October 2018

Botanical gardens – The Botanical Gardens are situated off Ecclesall Road, with 5,000 species of plants in 19 acres of land. There are art exhibitions, plant shows as well as plant sales which take place throughout the year.


Days out in Sheffield…


It’s easy to forget as a student that there are things to do while at University which don’t involve drinking. So we’ve compiled a list of great days out in Sheffield which you and your friends can enjoy.


 


‘The Great Escape’ – The Great Escape Game is a new and exciting live escape room, in which as a team you must search for clues to solve a series of intricate puzzles. There is several different rooms to choose from, which are suitable for up to nine people!


 


The Peaks – Just a 20 minute bus journey away, are the peaks. With several different walks, from beginners to advanced level, it is a great way to get some exercise and burn off the previous nights beers!


 


The Showroom Cinema – Situated near the train station, the Showroom Cinema is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. There is a café and bar, in which you can take your drinks inside to the screening, and students get discounted tickets at £4.50. As a birthday treat from Showroom they give you a free cinema ticket in your birthday month!


 


Meadowhall – with over 280 shops in Meadowhall, everyone can find something that appeals to them. Easily accessible to from trams and buses and many of the shops offering student discount. Meadowhall also hold a student night on October 5th with further student discount.


 


 

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Ecclesall Road Best Finds

21 September 2018

5 great finds on Ecclesall Road:


With many of our Sheffield Hallam students living on and around Ecclesall Road, we decided it would be useful for them to read about our recommendations of places to eat and pubs to visit on Ecclesall Road.


 


The Beer House – this pub was voted the best new bar of 2015 and shortlisted for best traditional pub 2016. Great beers, nice friendly atmosphere and prices perfect for students.


 


·         Ella’s Café – Ella’s café has a vast range of dishes, serving delicious brunch to Georgian style dinner. The food is fresh, the staff very friendly and attentive and all at a very reasonable price.


 Nonna’s – an authentic and classic Italian restaurant, perfect for a special Saturday night dinner or even to just go for a cocktail!


 


The Nursery Tavern – this pub is the most student friendly pub you’ll find, with all drinks on Mondays being only £1.5! Not only that, but there is 2 for 1 cocktails all day every day and buy one get one free on all burgers Monday to Friday. What more could you want?


 


 Porter Pizza – Just off Ecclesall Road on Sharrow Vale Road is a hidden gem. Porter Pizza make wood fried pizzas with all fresh ingredients for a great prize. The toppings available are endless and they also do a lunchtime deal at a really good value. Without a doubt the best pizza in Sheffield!


 


 


 

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Best Student Pubs & Places to eat in Broomhill

4 September 2018

Summer holidays are practically over and getting back into the swing of Uni, lectures, placements & dissertations is one thing we’re sure your looking to but another has to be what Sheffield has to offer in the way of fun nights out.


Now, if your second and third year students of Sheffield, you'll probably no all the hip, cool places to go but there may be some hidden gems in the Steel City you haven’t encountered yet. And for all you Freshers, take a peek.


Let’s break it down over the next couple of weeks, starting with......BROOMHILL       


A real student vibe goes off in this area, surrounded by great pubs, restaurants, take-aways and coffee shops.

Fox & Duck is a firm favourite with the students, great craft beer, pizzas and a quiz starting on the 6th September. Every Thursday a Burrito & bottle of sol for a tenner. Free WIFI also, something many pubs are now offering.


The Bloomery – Cask Ales or Cocktails so something for everyone’s taste. A Quiz every Sunday from 8pm to win £25. Free WIFI. A great, vibrant fun atmosphere.


The York – Classy feel pub that serves great Sheffield grub. Check out their ‘what’s on’ section of their webpage for a full list of what’s going on. Homely food from Sunday Roasts to fish & chips, there’s nothing to not like about this place.


The Nottingham House – Surely everyone’s heard of this place with the fab pie nights they have on offer. If not take a look and try it out, you won’t regret it.


Balti King – No night would be the same without finishing it off in here. Every curry imaginable from the mildest of Kormas to the super-hot Vindaloo. Its even open from 12 noon if you fancied Curry for lunch!


Proove – Only 3 restaurants in the country and lucky Sheffield has 2 in our great city. Perfect wood fire Pizzas what more is there to say! Share a pizza over a chat and glass of Vino


Keep an eyeout for next week with recommendations for Crookes/Crookesmoor :) 

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Just 2 Left

14 December 2017

We have just 2 of our properties remaining for the next academic year.


Both are 6 bed properties on William Street. Great location for Uni of Sheffield, Collegiate and Hallam. Secure building, car parking available (at an additonal cost) & free WIFI 


These properties will go quickly. 


If you have any question or would like to arrange a viewing, please call us on 01142687222

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Last few remaining!

4 December 2017

It's been a busy few weeks in the capland office with viewing and signings.


We have just a handful of properties left:


Our last studio for 1 person or a couple at Broom St https://www.capland.co.uk/property/Broom-Street/68 


Last 4 bed on Ecclesall Road, role out of bed to Collegiate https://www.capland.co.uk/property/Ecclesall-Road/77


Just 2 of our 5 beds left at Hunter House Rd https://www.capland.co.uk/property/Hunter-House-Road/55 and Broom St https://www.capland.co.uk/property/Broom-Street/46


Last 2 of our 6 beds at William Street https://www.capland.co.uk/property/William-Street-Flat-3/72 and https://www.capland.co.uk/property/William-Street-Flat-1/73 


If you need to know anything or wish to book a viewing please call the office on 01142687222


 

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The end is near

9 June 2017

Our Broom Street and William Street tennants have begun to move out and we have our first empty property, and what a fab condition it's been left in. Great example of how to look after a home.


 

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Leaving Soon

8 May 2017

We can't believe how fast this year has gone, our tenants will start moving out from mid June & we'll then begin welcoming a whole new bunch of students.


If you are a student why not start sorting through some of your items now, think about whether you will need it for your next property or will a charity shop benefit from it? There are heaps of charity shops along Ecclesall Rd and in Crookes.


We will be contacting all our tenants shortly to sort out your leaving meeting

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Outstanding Customer Service Award

17 March 2017

Last night we attended the very first Sheffield Landlords Award at The Mecure St Paul's Hotel.


We are delighted to announce that we were crowned winners of the 'OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD 2017' .


We would like to thank all our current & previous tenants who made time to vote for us in all the categories. It is a real honour to have not only won this award but to have been nominated in the first place.


To be formally recognised for the great customer service we give to our tenants who are living in our properties whilst studying at Uni is something we are very proud of.


We were also shortlisted for 'The Extra Mile Award', 'Letting Agent of the Year' & 'Private Landlord of the Year' 


Thank You again from all at Capland

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