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Snug not smug
'Snug' is a scheme of registering, inspecting, improving and advertising student homes in Sheffield which tightens up the control and regulation of private sector student housing to ensure that Sheffield Hallam offers better, safer, greener accommodation for all our students through requiring certain standards of providers including EPC ratings, efficient heating, insulation and waste.
The project is beneficial to both the student community who can enjoy a higher standard of accommodation in the city, and the local community, for whom historic contentious issues such as waste and safety are managed through snug.
Over 500 properties are now registered with the snug scheme, resulting in a knock on effect of improvements as more landlords improve in order to access the student market available only to registered landlords. This is improving standards of living across the city as well as the reputation of the housing providers, University and the city.
Top 3 learnings:
1 Partnership working is key to success.
2 Student experience and wellbeing needs to be at the core of the project.
3 The process needs to be seen as beneficial by all partners.
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