Freshers, I’m going to give you advice. The majority of you won’t heed this but come the end of the year you’ll all be tweeting about how much you despise Campus Living and wishing you had listening to my words of wisdom.
Campus Living formerly known as Imago are not your friends, as much as they might pretend to be. They are at the end of the day a business and as a result will strive to cut costs and keep that room bond. My feelings about their practices are well documented, so to help you avoid some of the pitfalls students before you have fallen into, I have some tips.
1. Fill in your Room Audit with the utmost care and attention.
I know the last thing you’ll want to be doing on move in day is be the boring one who sits in their room inspecting everything, but trust me when you’re putting £160 in the hands of Campus Living you want to be absolutely certain that everything in your room and flat is in full working order. If you haven’t checked, you will be the one getting charged for it, even if the issues were pre existing. Advise everyone else in your flat to fill in any communal issues, as the whole flat will get charged for anything wrong with shared issues
2. Take photos of everything with a copy of today’s paper.
This might sound ridiculous, but honestly it’s the only way to prove the issues arose before the date. So hold the paper up next to the issue and take a photo. Whether this is scuffs on the wall, loose wiring, a dent in your door.
3. Contact Campus Living as soon as possible with any issues.
The sooner you contact them the sooner it can be sorted and the less likely it is they’ll try and pin it on you come the end of your contract.
Remember these rules because otherwise you could end up like a naïve Fresher from 2011, who, when he arrived, noticed scratch marks across his mattress so contacted Campus Living. They ignored his requests. Although he was able to prove it wasn’t him as the previous tenant had also noticed the marks, it made no difference at the end of the year when he was charged the full price for a new mattress.
It is horror stories like these, which really make it worth while taking care filling in your audit. It is genuinely the last thing you want to do, but trust me come the end of the year when your bank account is seriously in the red, £160 is a lot of money.
My other piece of advice is just as important, don’t pre drink before the first Punch Party you attend. I was throwing up in the Union by 10pm. Not a great tag to have in the first week, trust me.
If anyone else has stories of Campus Living’s business practices please forward them to Jack.Lodge@theepinal.co.uk. He will be collating these and presenting them to Campus Living at the start of the new term in an attempt to rectify what appears to him to be unjust and appalling mistreatment of naïve students.
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