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Scotland: Student Roost sees “record bookings”

Accommodation provider Student Roost has announced its new offering in the Scottish city of Aberdeen, which seeks to create a “united community” for international and domestic residents.

Student Roost's Pittodrie Street development offers accommodation to a total of 618 students. Photo: Student Roost

The second phase of the new development with an additional 485 beds will open in 2019

The accommodation has received “recording bookings” ahead of the 2019/20 academic year, according to the company.

Pittodrie Street, the latest property from the UK-based provider, has seen 90% of its rooms already sold out, with 47 nationalities set to move in for the next semester.

“We believe it’s important to nurture a diverse mix of students”

The accommodation opened in September 2018, while its second phase of new development with an additional 485 beds will open later in 2019.

“Demand has been sensational for the new property from Student Roost, not surprising given the incredible feedback we’ve received from the first phase in the past year,” said senior operations manager at Pittodrie Street, Kirsten Mackenzie.

Student Roost has another location in the ‘Granite City’, the Mealmarket Exchange, which is also located near the city’s two universities – the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University.

It is the company’s 10th development in Scotland, with other offerings in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The new property in Aberdeen offers six different room types and caters to a total of 618 students, more than half of whom are international students.

“We believe it’s important to nurture a diverse mix of students,” said Nathan Goddard, CEO at Student Roost. The wide mix of nationalities create a “united community” within the properties, he stated.

“Experiencing different cultures and customs enriches the living experiences of our residents and is something we pride ourselves on,” he told The PIE News.

From September 55% of residence will be made up of international students, including 45% from China, he added.

Regular events for residents, celebrating, for example, St Andrew’s Day or Chinese New Year, allow international students to experience local traditions, but also introduce domestic students to other cultures, Goddard said.

International students are attracted to Student Roost’s “hassle-free” aspects, such as all-inclusive bills, 24-hour maintenance support and simplified booking process through international agents, Goddard explained.

“We also provide flexible tenancy lengths to international students,” Goddard noted.

“We allow for an earlier arrival date or extension to their tenancy and include a flexible cancellation policy for those students whose studies are dependent on a successful visa application or academic results – something no other PBSA operator offers.”

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