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February 17, 2021
5 tips to help you choose the right university
Whether you’re at the UCAS application stage or you’ve already received offers from unis for the next academic year, deciding on which to choose can be tough. With so many options on offer, and pros and cons to different towns, cities, and educational facilities, we thought we’d round up some tips on picking the right university for your needs, whatever you’re studying… 
February 15, 2021
8 stats for landlords and letting agents targeting the student market
At Billing Better, we offer a bills management service to students and young professionals, designed to help them reduce unnecessary admin and focus on their studies. We extended the scheme to letting agents, who can resell our service under their own brand. Recently, we covered some fun marketing ideas for agents to target student tenants, and today, we’re delving deeper into the sector, offering eye-opening statistics that could change the way you run your business. Data was taken from the Knight Frank and UCAS 2021 Annual Survey. 
February 12, 2021
Students can save money when they use Billing Better LifePerks
Another benefit Billing Better customers can enjoy is LifePerks, our free rewards platform that helps you save even more. We’ve put together some of the reasons you should use it…
February 12, 2021
6 things every student should do before they graduate
Those three years go by so quickly! Whether you’re in your first year or you’re gearing up to graduate this summer, the chances are that you have been thinking about what you’re going to do next. Most students leave university and go onto work placements, internships, and entry-level positions, but before you get to that stage, make these six things a top priority… 
January 11, 2021
How to cope living on your own as a student
As we enter a third national lockdown, many young people are finding themselves in a new and unique situation: living on their own in their student accommodation for the first time. If you’re one of them, fear not. Though the situation may feel overwhelming right now, you can get through this. Below, we’ve put together some coping strategies to ensure you stay sane.
January 6, 2021
5 reasons why you should consider a houseshare
Whether you’re looking at student accommodation for the year ahead of you’re a graduate with an internship in the city, the chances are that you have considered renting in a shared property. Sure, you’ll get more privacy when you rent by yourself, you’ll never have to fight over who uses the bathroom first, and you can make as much noise as you want, but there are some surprising benefits to sharing a house with others. We’ve rounded up the biggest… 
December 1, 2020
5 ways to make move-in day a breeze as a student
Moving away from home and into a shared house with strangers can be pretty overwhelming and one of the most challenging things about starting university. Though we can’t guarantee that your new flatmates are going to become BFFs or that you’re going to love your course from day one, we can give you advice on making the move-in day as stress-free as possible.
December 1, 2020
8 tips for buying a buy-to-let property at auction
As a property investor, auctions are a great way to pick up new buy-to-let opportunities at a bargain price. Not only does buying from an auction help reduce the frustration and cost of buying in a chain, but there’s minimal risk of a sale falling through, and short timescales mean that you could have your property within a couple of weeks. Another benefit of buying through auction is transparency: you know exactly how much the property will cost you, less fees, and you’re bidding in a public sphere - you don’t need to make sealed bids and wait for an answer. Below, we’ve put together some tips for buying a buy-to-let property at auction… 
December 1, 2020
10 ways to make moving-in day a breeze as a landlord
It’s natural to assume that “move-in day” is nothing more than turning up at your property and handing over the keys, but the truth is that you have a range of legal and practical obligations to ensure your property is suitable for your tenants. We’ve rounded up some of the biggest… 
December 1, 2020
The pros and cons of bills-inclusive tenancy agreements
As a landlord, finding new ways to engage potential tenants and stand out in a crowded rental market can be tough. One way an increasing number of landlords are diversifying their offerings - particularly in the student rental market - is to offer an all-inclusive service, where tenants pay one monthly fee for their rent and household bills. One fee can cover everything from gas and electricity to council tax, broadband and water, and it can be an attractive proposition when marketed correctly. Below, we’ve rounded up the biggest pros and cons… 
November 25, 2020
Money-Saving New Year's Resolution Ideas for 2021
We’ve rounded up some money-saving New Year's Resolution ideas to help you out.
November 25, 2020
Here’s everything you need to know about utility bills in a student house
Managing your household bills doesn’t have to be a challenge. We’ve put together everything you need to know to get started.
November 19, 2020
How renters' needs have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic
After spending many months cooped up indoors, renters now seek out different qualities when looking for their next property. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the biggest changes.
October 15, 2020
How to reduce letting agent fees as a landlord
We’ve put together some ways to reduce agent fees and hold onto more of your cash.
October 15, 2020
5 of the best student discounts websites
We’ve put together five of the best student discounts websites in 2020.
October 14, 2020
How to keep yourself occupied when isolating as a student
We’ve rounded up a few ideas to keep you occupied when isolating. 
October 14, 2020
What landlords need to know about Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR)
We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about your duties as a landlord and offer some advice to ensure you’re compliant and offering tenants safe accommodation... 
September 24, 2020
Fun marketing ideas for landlords letting to students
We’ve put together five fun marketing ideas to help you attract more student tenants.
September 24, 2020
15 ways to save money when you’re sharing a house
Once you’ve settled in and you’ve made some new friends, follow these top tips on saving money when living in a house share… 
September 9, 2020
5 ways to get to know your new town or city
We’ve rounded up some advice to help you get to grips with your new home. Be sure to try them out; you’ll feel like you’ve been living there for years!
September 9, 2020
Furnishing student properties as a landlord
We’ve put together some tips on properly furnishing your student properties.
August 12, 2020
5 tips for students moving to the UK for university
If you’re planning to move to the United Kingdom for university this September, you won’t be alone. Research suggests that around half a million international students move to the UK every year to take advantage of our award-winning universities, and with great nightlife and culture to explore, there are so many ways to broaden your horizons outside the classroom.
August 8, 2020
How to make the most of blended learning at university in 2020
We’ve put together some of the pros and cons, and offer tips on blended learning…
August 8, 2020
Deciding who pays what in a shared house
We’ve put together some tips on deciding who pays what in a shared house.
July 27, 2020
5 tips for nailing your university interview
If you’re feeling anxious, fear not: we’ve rounded up some tips on nailing a university interview… 
July 27, 2020
What to think about before selling up your rental business
Before you hang up your keys, we thought we’d put together some considerations to make.
July 22, 2020
How to deal with anti-social behaviour from students as a landlord
We’ve put together everything you need to know about dealing with student tenants.
July 22, 2020
How to get ready to move to university
Once you’ve applied for your place at university, anxiously waited for your exam results and had that conditional offer confirmed, it’s time to get excited. But before you move, there are a few things you need to take into consideration. We’ve outlined some of the biggest below… 
June 29, 2020
6 ways to get to know your new housemates as a student
We’ve put together some ways to get to know your new housemates.
June 29, 2020
The biggest pros and cons of investing in HMO property
From student accommodation to shared housing, HMOs are an attractive option for investors and landlords, but they don’t come without some compromises. To help you make the right decision for your next investment, we’ve rounded up the biggest pros and cons of HMOs… 
June 29, 2020
7 ways to encourage students to extend their tenancy
The truth is that university life is unpredictable, but there are ways that you can encourage students to extend their tenancy. We’ve rounded up seven of the best options below… 
June 29, 2020
5 top tips for first-time landlords
Though the best way to become a good landlord is to use your initiative and learn from your mistakes, we thought we’d pull together some useful advice to give you a headstart… 
May 22, 2020
How to make your student loan last longer
There’s no getting away from it: being a student is bloody expensive! It may feel like your lucky day when your first student grant hits your bank account, but once you’ve taken into account your textbooks, travel, food, drink, and leisure activities, that £2,000 will quickly turn into -£200 if you’re not careful. Below, we’ve put together some ways to make it last longer.
June 16, 2020
Virtual viewing tips for landlords in the COVID-19 climate
Whether you’re a dab hand with your SLR or a video beginner, we’ve put together some tips to help you shoot professional-looking virtual viewings that will entice potential buyers…
May 22, 2020
Our top tips for choosing the best student accommodation
Once you’ve handed in your last piece of coursework and closed your exam paper, the summer holidays go pretty fast. As a student, transitioning from college to university can be tough; one of the most important things to do is choose the right student accommodation.
June 16, 2020
5 great blogs all UK landlords should follow
We’ve rounded up five of our favourite UK landlord blogs that you should bookmark.
April 30, 2020
6 ways you can help others during coronavirus outbreak
Though the advice remains that you should stay at home to reduce the spread of the virus and save lives, there are ways that you can give back and help others in their time of need…
April 30, 2020
How to stay sane during the coronavirus lockdown
We’ve put together some tips and tricks on staying sane during the lockdown.
April 11, 2020
Landlords and COVID19: What you need to know
As a landlord or agent, you’ll no doubt have lots of questions about how the pandemic is going to impact your income, and changes you may need to make to protect yourself and your tenants. Below, we’ve rounded up some top tips…
April 11, 2020
6 things to think about before renting to students
We’ve put together six things to think about before you start renting to students…
March 11, 2020
Making the most of your student discount
Once you’ve completed your assignments and spent time with friends, the last thing you’re going to want to do is to sift through the internet looking for a coupon code off your next ASOS shop. Fear not: below, we’ve put together everything you need to know to save big… 
March 11, 2020
End of tenancy checklist for landlords
When a tenant tells you they’re moving out, you’ll have a lot to think about, not least finding another tenant to replace them as soon as possible. But before you do, and before your tenants vacate the property and receive their bond, follow our end-of-tenancy checklist… 
March 11, 2020
8 ways you can be a good tenant
Though the tenant/landlord relationship is a two-way street and requires some negotiation and back and forth at times, we’ve put together some tips and tricks on being a good tenant. 
March 11, 2020
Pros and cons of allowing tenants to have pets in their properties
There are some obvious drawbacks to allowing cats and dogs in your properties, but there are positives, too, so it’s about finding the balance.
March 11, 2020
How to throw a house party without breaking the bank
We’ve rounded up six money-saving tips to help you celebrate, without breaking the bank… 
March 11, 2020
10 landlord cleaning hacks that will save you time and money
The life of a working landlord will never be glamorous, but you don’t have to slave away for hours on end cleaning your property when you follow these hacks… 
March 11, 2020
How to cut your food bill without going hungry
You don’t have to spend a fortune to eat a healthy diet. We’ve rounded up some top tips to keep more pounds in your wallet… 
March 11, 2020
How to make your student house feel more like a home
Whether you’ve moved into dorms or you’re sharing with friends (or strangers!), check out these top tips on turning your new house into a home…
January 20, 2020
Skills you need to be a successful landlord
Though the vast majority of your work will involve selecting properties and vetting tenants, equipping yourself with the following skills will help increase your chances of success…
January 20, 2020
What to think about before buying your next buy-to-let property
You can’t just buy any old property. We’ve put together some of the things you should take into consideration before you hand over the cash for your next buy-to-let.
January 7, 2020
How to reduce your houseshare’s environmental impact in 2020
We’ve rounded up ten ways to reduce your houseshare’s carbon footprint in 2020 and live a greener, more sustainable life when you’re sharing a house…
January 7, 2020
Why outsourcing services makes sense as a landlord
As your company grows and priorities change, outsourcing some aspects of your business to the professionals makes sense. We've put together the reasons why… 
December 19, 2019
5 reasons why you should sign up to Billing Better in 2020
At Billing Better, we help those living with friends or flatmates set up all of their household bills and pay for just their share. It’s simple, convenient, and it saves time and headaches. Need more reasons to sign up with us? Below, we’ve put together some of the biggest… 
December 19, 2019
How to become a better landlord
We've put together some tips and tricks on becoming a better landlord.
December 19, 2019
8 rules you should follow when house sharing
Whether you’re an introvert who spends all of your time in your bedroom or an extravert who is never at home, adjusting to a new life sharing a property with others can be tough. Follow these rules and everyone will be happy.
December 19, 2019
How to increase rent without losing tenants
How can you increase rents without losing tenants? We've put together a guide to raising rents to give you some food for thought and ensure you make the right decision… 
December 18, 2019
Why you should consider a part-time job whilst you’re at uni
We’ve put together some of the reasons why you should consider working whilst you’re studying… 
December 18, 2019
9 ways to avoid bad tenants as a landlord
Though it’s impossible to weed out the good tenants from the bad tenants entirely, there are some ways to reduce the chances of letting out your property to a tenant you’ll regret.
December 18, 2019
10 money-saving New Year’s Resolutions that you should stick to
If you’re sick of always being skint and want to change the relationship you have with money, the New Year represents an opportunity for a fresh start. Make some small changes to your finances and you’ll be better off in the long-run.
December 18, 2019
How to get your housemates to pay their share of the bills on time
Struggling to get your housemates to pay their bills on time? We've got you covered.
November 18, 2019
How to cut back on subscription services and save money
Spending too much on subscription services? We've put together some tips on how to save money...
November 18, 2019
10 eye-opening student accommodation statistics for landlords
We've rounded up some eye-opening statistics on student accommodation that could change the way you run your business.
November 18, 2019
How to offer an all-inclusive service to your tenants
At Billing Better, we’ve taken a leaf out of the all-inclusive concept to offer a service modern renters love. Granted, we don’t offer bottomless chicken nuggets or watered-down Sangria, but we do cover every household bill, including their gas, electricity, broadband, water, and TV package, for one monthly price.
November 18, 2019
8 ways to save money as a student
Though we can’t wave a magic wand and stick a million quid in your bank account, the team here at Billing Better thought it would be nice to round up some ways you can save money as a student. 
June 16, 2020
6 ways to generate more revenue for your lettings agency
Though we can’t promise to turn back the clock on the Tenant Fee Ban introduction, we can offer some ways to generate more revenue from your lettings agency in 2019 and beyond… 
October 8, 2019
8 ways to save energy (and cut your bills!) as a student
Save the planet and your bank balance with these energy-saving tips for students.
October 8, 2019
5 ways to market your student accommodation
Want to reach more students and fill your properties fast? We've put together some useful tips and tricks...
October 8, 2019

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