Finding furnished student accommodations is tough ask for many, let alone international students living in a foreign country. The intricacies of language barrier, distance and lack of communication with on-ground landlords can make up for a very messy experience.
The dearth of any service catering to international students becomes stark when a student decides to start looking. This is where Study Abroad Apartments comes in.
Focusing students looking for an abode in an unfamiliar country, Study Abroad Apartments is startup, branding itself as an online housing marketplace. It removes the hassle of finding furnished student accommodation worldwide. If you are traveling for an internship or studying abroad in an exchange program, Study Abroad Apartments delivers a quality solution for you to easily book your accommodation online.
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Study Abroad Apartments approached Virtual Force with a proposition; to transform its business model into an application that could be used as a front for dealing with prospective customers. This included students and landowners alike.
Study Abroad Apartments’ business model posed a unique challenge as they entered into a market, saturated by brick and mortar businesses. The objective of Study Abroad Apartments was to allow students to simply search by city and date, and present furnished options that best suit needs as a student.
This in turn, presented a technological challenge of mapping the requirements into an application for business use.
Our aim was to provide a solution to allow students a stress free and reliable process in obtaining international student accommodation.
One of our Engagement Manager took up the challenge and architected a comprehensive system after mapping all the requirements. It was decided that the application would roll out for a web version. Further iterations of the product could contain an app for mobile devices as well.
Here is what we provided in our application among other features:
Search verified properties
Select your city, move-in, and move-out date, then search through thousands of rentals. Filter your search and find what you are looking for, in a few clicks.
Escrow for Payment Security
Your first month’s rent is kept safe until you move in or sign a contract with your landlord. This ensures that payment cycle and schedule for both landlords and students is not a worry for both parties.
Active Support & Sizeable Community
Students can contact support team if they have any questions. A booking specialist will personally contact the student and help with the search on request. If you are looking for a roommate, you can find one in the active community of Abroad Talk group on Facebook.
Quick Response Time
Your landlord has 48 hours to accept or reject your booking request. The app only shows you options that are available.
Split-Payment Options with Roomates
Study Abroad Apartment allows to the option to split the payments with your roommates. You have access to this through your personal dashboard.
Virtual Force offered a time-effective solution that notably accelerated the launch of the Study Abroad Apartments. The project has gotten immensely positive feedback from its target niche as well. Thousands of students have so far availed the service while a collaborative relationship has been made with partner universities as well. More than 7500 listing have been published on the site while 80+ universities are affiliates of the program.