A child flying the nest for the first time to go to university is an important moment in the life of any family. However the time quickly comes for them to decide on a new home for their following year of university education and, as the parents of these students, you want to make sure they end up in secure student accommodation that they will enjoy living in.
At Varcity Living we offer a wide variety of accommodation with a range of sizes and finishes that are accurately priced for both lower and higher-end budgets. We also have over 15 years of experience in housing students in Bangor, with all members of our lettings team Rent Smart Wales trained and registered.
All of our properties are thoroughly secured and checked to ensure they meet all current security and fire regulations and Varcity is a member of a number of government-backed accreditation schemes such as NALS, DPS, PRS and SAFEagent. We are on hand to answer any questions you may have to make renting with us a smooth and stress-free experience.
Of course, as parents of students we know that you will be the first point of contact for any and all of your child’s renting queries. As all lettings are inherently different, we want to provide you with as much information as possible upfront, so you can help your child make an informed decision on where they are going to live.
To do this we have compiled a short list of information we believe will be a helpful reference point in your relationship with us. If this doesn’t quite answer your questions, please feel free to give our team a ring on 01248 719 254 and we will be more than happy to assist in any way we can.
We know that in any walk of life being able to budget well in advance can save you a lot of unnecessary stress. This is no different when you’re renting a house from us. Many of our tenants like to be able to plan their expenditure a year in advance and at Varcity Living we try our very best to ensure there are no nasty surprises by outlining all costs as clearly as possible. For complete peace of mind, we also offer all-inclusive packages whereby all utility bills are included in the rental cost and there are no additional fees for usage.
We like to plainly outline to our tenants the main expenditure considerations they may need to make and try to facilitate this in any way we can. Our team is on hand to discuss average usages and costs for any property, and we actively encourage prospective tenants to engage with our current tenants to get to know what usages they can expect when they move in. We endeavour to make all our tenancies as straightforward as possible and as such we clearly outline each of the following prior to the commencement of any tenancy:
Leaving home for the first time can be a little daunting for both new students and the parents of those students, but with Varcity Living you can feel reassured that your loved one is in safe hands.
Our properties are thoroughly secured and are regularly checked to ensure they meet all current security and fire regulations. The majority of our properties are fitted with full 5–lever UPVC locks on both windows and doors, giving you all the confidence you need when you leave the house. Several of our select properties come with CCTV security and possession insurance included within the rental cost, however in the majority of our properties, tenants must insure their own belongings.
The safety of all our tenants is vital to us and we carry out periodic inspections to ensure our properties are safe and well maintained. All properties have annual Gas Safe certificates and periodic electrical certificates. Where applicable, HMO licenses are in place.
Any student tenant that chooses to pay their rent in installments will require a UK guarantor. A guarantor is someone who agrees to pay the rent for a property in the event of the tenant failing to do so. By agreeing to be a guarantor they are also agreeing to take responsibility for any unpaid rent or damages caused by the tenant. They will need to sign the tenancy agreement so this is a legal responsibility.
In order to secure a Varcity Living property we have a simple, four step process for you to follow.
N.B. At Varcity Living we welcome any overseas students, but the reservation process is slightly different. Please contact us personally in order to arrange the details of your contract.
Varcity Living believes in providing a prompt and exemplary service to all its tenants. Our dedicated team of tradespeople are on hand at all hours of the day to answer any questions or help with any problems that may arise. Further, our knowledgeable in-house team are on hand to help with more general issues – such as losing keys or power cuts – and to provide any advice about a variety of student housing issues. Our online maintenance portal also allows you to quickly log and report any maintenance issues and concerns 24 hours a day.
If you are planning to visit a relative or friend in Bangor, then there are have an array of choices as to where to base yourself for the duration of your stay. With so many options to choose from we have picked just a few that we think are worth considering and which are close to local amenities when visiting.
The Management Centre is a Visit Wales 4-star rated Guest Accommodation centre and offers 57 en-suite guest bedrooms that have achieved the Visit Wales Business Class Gold Standard. Many of the rooms have stunning views of the Menai Strait and across the water, the picturesque shoreline of Anglesey. Facilities are fully accessible for wheelchair users but it is important to note that due to The Management Centre being a listed building, there is no lift access to the third-floor bedrooms.
Just 10 minutes’ walk from Bangor Pier, The Baytree Lodge offers spacious rooms with en-suite facilities. The elegant rooms feature tea and coffee facilities, satellite TV and plenty of storage space, with all rooms featuring a large en-suite bathroom with a power shower and bathtub. As well as coming with free parking, Baytree Lodge is a 15-minute stroll from Bangor Harbour with the University Campus reachable by a 20-minute walk. St. Deiniol Golf Club is also just a 3-minute drive away.
The 3-star Menai Hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Upper Bangor, placing you close to all local amenities and in close proximity to all of our city-centre accommodation. The hotel contains a vibrant bar serving home-cooked meals and includes free Wi-Fi and parking. All of the Menai’s rooms have a private bathroom, television and a complimentary beverage tray. The mountains, walking and scenery of Snowdonia National Park can be reached with a ten minute drive, whilst Anglesey’s beaches are just a 15-minute drive away.