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Students choose Virtual Queuing

Friday, November 26, 2010 Posted in: Tenants

Overnight queuing is a thing of the past for student applicants at College and County.

Making sure that they have somewhere to live for the next academic year is invariably a worry for many Oxford students. Tales of young people camping outside letting agencies in order to secure a roof over their heads abound.

But it doesn’t have to involve a cold, sleepless night, at least not if College and County have anything to do with it. We will be releasing our list of student accommodation on Monday 29 November. Rather than grab a sleeping bag, all students need to do is simply to register on the College and County website beforehand. As soon as the list is published, it will be emailed to you.

Viewing appointments can be booked as from 29 November. And to find out if a particular property suits you is as easy as registering. The College and County website will show full details of each student property, including floor plans – how big is that kitchen? – and photographs.

If you are not near your laptop on the 29th? No problems. The College and County website has been specially configured so that it can be downloaded to mobile phones. How straightforward is that? Last year alone, we managed to let out 70 per cent of our student properties by December, so friendly and efficient is the process.

“We don’t feel that it is necessary or right to encourage students to ‘camp out’ on the streets in order to book their accommodation,” said College and County’s Mark Crampton-Smith. “It is far more acceptable for them to be able to download the information in the comfort of their rooms. We like to think of our tenants sleeping in their beds rather than on the pavement.”

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