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Rightmove launches Student Lettings
Rightmove has launched a major new venture aimed at the student lettings market. Rightmove Students is accessible through the main Rightmove site, offering a search function for student property across the UK.
Initial marketing for Rightmove Students will focus on three major university cities – Sheffield, Birmingham and Southampton – before the project is rolled out across the country over the next 12 months.
Miles Shipside Commercial Director of Rightmove comments, “Rightmove Students offers a way for lettings agents to specifically target the student market and we have already had a great response from agents who have been quick to sign up to this new venture. We hope to help simplify the searching process by bringing students and lettings agents together on-line in one easy place.”
Existing Rightmove member agents are currently able sign up for Rightmove Students and list their student lettings stock free of newsbeatcharge and new member agents who handle student lettings are coming onto Rightmove. Among the first to sign up were West One Student Accommodation in Sheffield. Andrea Marsden of West One said, “As professional landlords that provide accommodation for over 600 students we are always looking for ways to improve our service and were so pleased to get on board with Rightmove when they advised us they had chosen Sheffield as one of their flagship cities for the launch of this new venture.”
Grant Management in Birmingham, who handle student lettings across the country also joined. Simon Rodd, Regional Manager said, “Rightmove provides a fantastic service and we’re delighted to be partnering with them in their Birmingham opening and hopefully their national rollout. Birmingham is a vibrant university city with a buoyant student letting market – there are some excellent quality properties available, we manage 1,800 across the country and see consistently high demand.”