Student accommodation portal a first for Australia
on 29 April 2015 by Aaron Wischusen
Students looking for accommodation in Australia will find their search a little easier next semester thanks to a new student-only accommodation listing site.
The website, CasaStudent.com, is the first of its kind in Australia and allows students to search a range of student only accommodations for free.
The site is a joint initiative between Australia’s largest share accommodation site Flatmates.com.au and the largest online student community StudentVIP.com.au.
General Manager of StudentVIP.com.au, Andrew Maloney said CasaStudent.com was a service introduced to meet a genuine need for their community.
“We noticed there were hundreds of professional student accommodation providers across Australia, but there was no way for students to search and compare them on one site.” said Maloney.
“The StudentVIP team regularly receive questions from our members about accommodation options for them and at the time we could only refer them to their respective universities.”
General Manager of Flatmates.com.au, Thomas Clement, said the site would be a valuable resource for thousands of university students, particularly those who are coming from interstate or overseas.”
“The site allows users to discover accommodation options near to their campus, and view available rooms including price.”
Despite only being launched less than two months ago, the website has already generated over 100 leads on its 62 listings.
Maloney said early feedback from both students and providers had been very positive about the site.
“Providers were excited about the product with some of Australia’s biggest providers listing their properties on the site before it even went live.”
The site is free for both students and providers, with Maloney stating that the only condition is that providers are approved by the sites admin before they can list their property.
“To give our users confidence, all listings on CasaStudent.com are vetted by us before being listed.” said Maloney.
“This is to ensure we only list student specific accommodation that is safe, secure and of a high quality.”
“Our goal is for CasaStudent.com to become the Hotels.com of student accommodation.”