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Portsmouth Council’s Student Survival Workshop to aid students with housing

Portsmouth City Council put on its first ‘Student Survival workshop’ this week, focusing on helping students choose accommodation for the next academic year.

The event took place in a house in Fratton, and ran from the 19th – 21st January, with 23 students attending over the three days.

This is the first event of its kind with available properties and local landlords present to talk to students about what they should look for in a house.

The council aimed to stop students from panicking and taking the first house they are offered.

Event organiser, Gemma Moreau said the event ran smoothly with students getting a lot out of it.

“The lower two rooms were used to teach students about living in the properties. They learned about condensation, fire safety, pest control and food hygiene. We had some props there to make the event more visually appealing and to get the message across in a clearer way.”

“On the middle floor was a community room to make students aware they will be moving into a community. Students were also given information about rubbish, recycling and a few property rental tips.”

“On the top floor there was a lettings room with properties that will be available in September 2016, along with some of the landlords which own the properties.”

The council prides itself on the safety of the students in the community. “The landlords are all part of the Landlord Accreditation Scheme which means the landlords themselves and their properties will have been checked” said Gemma.

“Our advice would be to any students who couldn’t attend to try and come next time as there is a lot on offer at the event.  There will always be goody bags given out and we don’t want them to miss out on the next ones.”

This workshop is the council’s main event and they are looking to run it again in the near future.

In October the council ran workshops teaching students how to survive and live independently in the private sector.

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