The Pad Group offers a range of customisable products and services that provide efficient IT solutions to everyday challenges in student accommodation management. The University of Oxford's Studentpad platform is a very good example for the various options and functions that our systems have to offer. It is a fully customised Studentpad platform managed by the university's accommodation office and enables enrolled students to find a flat or room in the private rented sector quickly and easily. The site was created in 2011 and has since become the number one source for off-campus student accommodation in Oxford; over 1100 agents and landlords have used the platform to advertise student properties and there are more than 7700 registered students.
Private sector landlords and letting agents can sent information on vacant houses, flat, and rooms that they offer to Oxford's accommodation office. After the university's team has reviewed the respective property postings and they fulfill all their quality criteria that are part of their Landlord Accreditation Scheme, they are published on the website where they become available to registered students. Thus the system facilitates the whole lettings process for all parties involved: the accommodation office, the students, and private landlords, while ensuring that each property has been approved by the university.
The platform offers the full range of functions and services that come with our basic Studentpad platform:
- the student accommodation data base with search engine (the home page highlights how many properties are currently available)
- a portal to the individual Oxford Studentpad student account
- the student advice section (available in five languages)
- the student message board
- the "Go Local!" pages with general information on Oxford and its surrounding area
- the agents/landlord information page
There is also a map search function that enables site visitors to browse for available properties in different areas; the fact finder provides some stats on average rents etc, while the live statistics show at one glance what types of student accommodation are available (houses, flats, studios, rooms).
Oxford's Studentpad platform makes extensive use of our customisation options to keep the page in line with the university's overall branding guidelines and online marketing strategy: it has a customised logo, header/banner, and its own set of official colours.
These are only a few examples for the various visual customisations that can be implemented with our software. Moreover, it is possible to integrate additional functions that your institution might need; we develop your individualised Studentpad platform in close collaboration with your accommodaiton staff so we can ensure that we provide you with a flexible solution for your daily tasks in student accommodation management.