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Helping students to house hunt

14 June 2006

Two former Bristol students were left so frustrated by the circus of student house hunting that they decided to launch a business.

Two former Bristol students were left so frustrated by the circus of student house hunting that they decided to launch a business. Jon and Katie Clark set up StudentHouseHunt.co.uk with the aim of shrinking ‘the amount of time spent chaotically pinballing around the city to a tiny, tiny, tiny fraction of its original proportions’.

The website, which is endorsed by the student unions of both the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, attempts to match student house hunters to houses with minimal stress, and to better inform students of their legal rights and obligations. Properties from university accommodation offices and letting agents across the city are categorised by area, and each area contains a summary of its average rental price, the time taken to travel to each university and what’s on offer in local entertainment and shopping. There is also a message board to help individuals find flatmates.

Jon said: ‘The site launched in January this year and has had about 12,000 unique users since – some of the letting agents working with us have commented that we’ve given them a fair proportion of their student business! At the moment, we’re preparing for the finals of a Bristol University Research and Enterprise Development (RED) competition, which has given us invaluable access to the contacts and facilities needed to take the project further.'