My student job with The Student Housing Company

John LawHi, I’m John Law and I have just finished my second year of Medical Sciences at The University of Edinburgh. I have always had a passion for medicine, and although I’m not sure if this is exactly the path I want to take, I know it’s a good start in any direction.

I grew up in a small town in South West Scotland called Stranraer. My family is originally from Edinburgh so it felt very natural to come here. My first visit to Edinburgh wasn’t until two weeks before I moved into Brae House, so it was all very exciting when I arrived.

Edinburgh has been amazing! Definitely the best city in Scotland in my opinion. I really like the history and the architecture; the city has real character and I love living here.

Over the past 2 years, I’ve stayed at all three of The Student Housing Company’s residences in Edinburgh. I would say they are all uniquely different and have their own personalities. I especially enjoyed my time at Brae House as it was my first experience of The Student Housing Company and student accommodation in general.

Currently, I am assisting with running Arran House and Canal Point operations leading up to and during the summer period. This has included taking a lead role in training and induction for our temporary and permanent staff ahead of our summer programme. I have made huge strides in my time with The Student Housing Company. I have been exposed to areas of the company that are really interesting and exciting. I particular enjoy running events and taking part in external marketing.

In the time that I’m not studying or working (which is very rare!) I skydive. I do this with Edinburgh University Skydiving Club. We try and jump as often as possible at our home drop-zone near Morecambe Bay.

I have enjoyed all of the events we have run around the National Student Housing Survey, especially our Easter egg give-away across all three Edinburgh Residences. Another one of my favourites was the check-in party at Brae House, we had just welcomed over 400 new residents and we held a get together in the common room for people to get to know each other.

John LawThe most rewarding part of my job is making our residents happy. When I first moved in to Brae House, I received a great welcome from the whole team and was made to feel at home. I want that to be the same for every resident who walks through our doors! I also enjoy working as part of an amazing team. There are so many great people in our company who are very passionate about their job. This means I’m never short of motivation!

I think in the future we have plans to get all the staff involved more frequently in our events. We have great people working at all our buildings, and giving the residents a chance get to know the whole team is crucial to creating a stronger sense of community within the accommodation.

Sophie’s work experience at The Student Housing Company

During the week commencing 26th June, I was lucky enough to be invited for work experience at The Student Housing Company HQ in London. This is how I spent it…

I had never considered that there would be so many jobs in student accommodation before this experience. Who knew that it could be such a big industry with so many roles involved? Each aspect of the business is thought out so carefully, ensuring the best for all the students who do stay in this type of accommodation.

I have spent 3 days seeing what people do and what student accommodation is all about. I haven’t seen all the jobs involved in the business, yet still, I am thinking how much challenging work is involved and the thoughts behind every decision that is made, even the smallest ones.

Getting stuck in with all things digital…

On the Monday, which was the first day I visited the company, I started my adventure finding out about social media and how having a social presence has such a big role in helping to develop the company. I worked with Sarah, the digital marketing executive, writing content for the social media channels. So much thought has to go into each individual post – I think it’s amazing how someone can get paid for being on Facebook all day (pretty cool job if I must say so myself!). I scheduled a few posts and did some video editing, which made the experience even better. It’s so important that social media is used, because it’s where us teenagers spend all our time – it’s the best place to capture our attention!

Getting the creative juices flowing…

The next day, I got to spend time with Hadria, the graphic designer. Design is something that interests me a lot – I love editing photos and being creative. Hadria taught me how to use design programmes to create marketing material for events that are happening around the different accommodations. It’s amazing how jobs like these have such a big part of the company. If there was no graphic designer then who would create the look for the brand and create the physical adverts to promote them?

Sophie and Hadria

Checking it out for myself…

To top the week off, I got to visit the accommodation. Everyone in the office was so friendly there and welcoming towards me, even though I felt a bit shy! I had a tour of the buildings and all I could think was – wow! This must be luxury to students. They had lovely rooms with everything that you could need and so much communal space for the students to hang out in. There was a massive TV room – the TV was almost as big as the cinema – and I heard they run events there all year, like pizza nights. They also had a common room which had a lot of space for the students to work or hang out in, and a laundry room too.

I was taken by surprise when I went upstairs to the top floor and I saw what was probably the biggest kitchen I have ever seen, with anything and everything a student could need in it. The layout of the place was so well thought out, it’s difficult to put into words how amazing the accommodation was, I would be here for hours.  I would definitely stay there if I went to university and I highly recommend that you do as well.

Sophie at Depot Point

Preparing for take-off…

On my last day, I was asked to research all the company’s competitors who operate in Cambridge. I begun by looking at their websites and analysing the different room types and the different prices that are already available in that city, to prepare to launch Cambridge onto our website. I then did research into the local area and all of the exciting places the students will be able to visit when they live there with The Student Housing Company.

What have I learnt?

Before my week with The Student Housing Company, I didn’t know that you could live in private halls. With the help of my work experience, I now know I wouldn’t consider anything else and would, of course, book with The Student Housing Company. This work experience has taught me so many skills and shown me a whole load of jobs that are available.  I, myself am very interested in business, so to have spent the week here was amazing and I will now definitely consider it as a career choice.

What do I like about The Student Housing Company?

I think what makes The Student Housing Company amazing is that they provide global accommodation for students, they are the first and only company at this time to do this and I think this shows people what a dedicated and ambitious company they really are. This experience will stick with me and I’m so grateful for how amazing they have been to me. From the moment I stepped foot in the office I felt so welcome. The team were interested in my opinion, because I’m close to the age of their target audience. I felt like they listened to me and valued my opinions. This company tick all the boxes for student accommodation, and in my eyes, I don’t think you can get much better.

If anyone is thinking about going to university, please consider staying at one of their accommodations. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Do you think you could make a valuable addition to The Student Housing Company team? Find out how you can join us for work experience or an internship!

Fire Safety at The Student Housing Company

The safety and security of our students is at the heart of The Student Housing Company as our number one priority. All of our sites are equipped with high quality automatic fire alarm systems, fire blankets, fire doors and fire prevention equipment. Our fire alarms and fire doors are tested weekly, and we hold regular full evacuation drills to ensure our students know exactly what to do in the case of a fire.

Furthermore, our buildings are monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, so you can rest assured that there will always be someone there watching out for you.

For more information, please watch our short video below or visit our Fire Safety page.