If you plan on letting to students, it makes sense to make your rental accommodation as student-friendly as possible. While not every student will spend time at a desk studying, there is a strong argument for providing a workstation in student accommodation. A place to study is likely to be welcomed in every room.
For students who study traditional topics, having a desk area where they can read, write or use their laptop will be advantageous. Some students will prefer to read, write and use their laptop in bed, but this isn’t always conducive to effective studying. By creating a space where students can study, you provide them with a vital aid in their education.
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Therefore, landlords should consider what they need to buy to set up a workstation in student accommodation. A table and a chair is the bare minimum that a landlord should buy. There is a wide range of shopping options, and this means even landlords on a budget can provide students with a place where they can focus on their studies.
Landlords who want to provide a better standard of service may wish to offer a light and accessories such as desk-tidy and storage options. Even if you have a student who studies a topic where note-taking and researching isn’t a prominent part of the course, a desk makes life easier.
Many students want to have an area where they can use their laptop to stay in touch with friends and family members. Video messaging is a fantastic asset for students studying away from home, and even though smartphone technology is improving all the time, there is a lot to be said for sitting down and chatting via a laptop or desktop connection.
As a landlord, you want to provide tenants with the best standard of service. Making life easier for student tenants, by helping them study and connect with family members or loved ones, should be a key focus for landlords. Offering a workstation is a tremendous way to differentiate your property from rental dwellings that don’t provide these features. When you have a happy tenant, they are more likely to care for your property and help you develop your reputation.
If you are looking to provide the best standard of a workstation for your tenants, consider some health and safety tips in setting up a workspace:
- Make sure that the seat and table configuration allows for the users head to align over their shoulders
- The user’s eyeballs should look straight ahead
- The user should be able to sit away from the screen at a comfortable distance
- The user’s shoulders should be comfortable and relaxed, not hunched forward or raised
- The keyboard should be located beneath elbow height while elbows should sit at a 90-degree angle
- The chair should offer lumbar support allowing the user to curve their back when seated at the desk
- A footrest can help students feel more comfortable when studying at the desk
If you follow these tips, you should provide students with a suitable workstation, which makes your student accommodation more appealing. If you require further assistance in letting to students, contact Student Circle, and we will be more than happy to assist you.