Tanya Rogers, Sales Director at Crystal Facilities Management, talks about the importance of making student accommodation feel like a home from home to help ease the transition into University life.
The new academic year comes complete with many different emotions, everything from excitement to trepidation to even downright dread! It’s not surprising really, considering how entering into University life inevitably means students are being forced to step out of their comfort zones. Whether it’s through starting a challenging new course, having to forge brand new friendships, moving out of home or in the case of many students, moving to a completely new city, saying goodbye to the good old comfort zone is undoubtedly pretty daunting.
For a lot of students, accommodation plays a huge part in how quickly and easily they settle into University life. Having a safe, homely living space, where they feel able to chill out, relax and comfortably continue with their studies can prove to be a complete godsend, especially for those in their first year who are still acclimatising to the hustle and bustle of campus life.
If a student is unhappy with their living conditions it is not rocket science to see how this will have a knock-on effect on the rest of their University experience. The saying ‘Home is where the heart is’ certainly rings true in this situation, if their new ‘home’ is miserable and unwelcoming it will only heighten feelings of homesickness and possibly even prevent them from throwing themselves fully into student life.
Equally, if a student is happy and content in their accommodation there is an increased likelihood of them having a more confident and positive approach to student life, and ultimately their studies. So how do you ensure that students are falling into the latter category?
This is where Crystal Facilities Management can help. With over ten years experience providing specialist cleaning services to Universities, our team are used to dealing with the challenges that come hand in hand with student accommodation.
As can be imagined, student accommodation has to withstand a fair amount of wear and tear, especially as it is often the first time that many of the students have lived away from home and been responsible for their own cleaning. With this in mind, ensuring that the accommodation meets the highest standards of cleanliness prior to the new academic year is paramount.
In the weeks leading up to the arrival of the new intakes, our team perform a thorough, deep clean across all areas of the student accommodation, including carrying out any repairs and addressing any areas that may need specialist cleaning, such as upholstery or carpets. Not only does this provide the perfect welcome to the new students, it also ensures that all traces of any previous occupants are erased!
Due to the extremely positive response that we have received as a result of our seasonal deep clean services, CFM now provide year round services for several of our customers, including The University of Sheffield and Falmouth University. In addition, we also provide a security service to ensure the safety of students and their belongings within their accommodation.
In a nutshell, having a safe, clean ‘home from home’ on campus is one less thing for students to worry about. Which, for once, is a worry that is no doubt shared with their parents!