Students want the best bills package for them, but most utility providers don’t focus on how they can deliver services to meet student’s unique needs. We recognise that students want, clear and simple billing, no hidden fees and very transparent bills. Students don’t want to get tied in to long and expensive contracts, but want flexibility. Students especially don’t want to end up spending ages on the phone trying to sort out accounts with customer service, and they really don’t want to feel like they’re being taken for a ride with extortionate bills.

This is what makes Huru different. We have thought hard about how to make buying and managing utility bills really simple for students. We focus on; making the process as simple and easy as possible, on making bills as transparent as possible, and on sourcing the best packages possible for students.

 

What is important to think about as a student when you are moving in to a new home, and want to sort out your utility bills?

  • What your budget is
  • How many people you are living with and what type of utility users you are
  • What you need to pay for
  • How to make sure you don’t fall in to bad debt issues

First thing you should do is work out how much you are willing to set aside each week or month for your utility bills. Once, you know that you will find it much easier to plan ahead and budget to make sure your bills and rent are always paid each month.

This is very important, because the last thing you want to do is start missing rent or utility bill payments. If you do, then you could end up facing serious consequences such as receiving a county court order and having a negative impact on your credit score rating.

Next consider how many people you are living with and what type of property it is you are living in. This will be important when determining what type of internet package you will want, but also help you think about how much energy and water you’re going to be using in the house.

If you are a heavy consumer of data online, for example you regularly stream movies and download a lot of pictures, then you will probably want a superfast fibre connection with download speeds of up to 76Mps. This would typically allow you to download a movie in 1 min 30 seconds, and one music album in 5 seconds.

If you are using your internet a lot and are also living with more than a few other people, then you will definitely want a Fibre connection. This is especially true if the house is large as well, for example able to accommodate more than 4 people. If there are four or more of you in a property, then you are probably going to be high energy users as well. This means that your bills might be higher than the average home, but the good thing is that you can split those bills equally between each housemate with Huru, so you shouldn’t have to cover all the cost yourself.

What type of house you live in, and how you heat that house for example, will also have significant effects on the energy and water profile of the property. So, when you are thinking about the best student bills package for you, definitely consider how energy and water efficient do you think the property and you living in it are going to be. Is there a gas boiler, or gas cooker for example, and will you be cooking a lot or not really? These all have an impact on how much your energy bills will be, so definitely keep them in your mind when you are thinking about how to manage your bills.

When you are thinking about what you need to pay for, it is obvious that you need to pay for energy, water, and unless you live in a cave, the internet. But, you don’t necessarily need to pay for all of it yourself if you live with friends. The best way to manage your student bills is to be able to split the utility bills equally with your housemates. This sounds initially like a nightmare, you’ve got to get the bill, pay it yourself, then calculate how much each housemate owes and chase them for the money. But luckily for you, Huru can do all that automatically for you. So, you don’t need to worry about stressing over sort bills and getting in to arguments over money. Huru will take care of everything for you.

When you are thinking about what you need to pay for, it is important to think about whether or not you will need to purchase a TV licence and pay council tax, for example. These are incredibly important to make sure you get sorted, so it’s better to do it sooner rather than later.

Finally, think about how you are going to be getting your bills paid. Naturally, you don’t want to be spending ages each month sorting out your student utility bills. However, you do want to make sure they get paid. The last thing you want to do is start missing payments, and end up in any bad debt procedures. This could have significant long term impacts on your credit rating, for example, which could make it much harder for you to get a mortgage or borrow money in later life. So, when you are thinking about how you want to pay your bills, there are two really important things to keep in mind; 1) You don’t want to have to cover the entire bill on behalf of your housemates, because that is expensive, and 2) you really don’t want to find out at the end of year that some bills haven’t even been paid yet and that you are currently being flagged as a bad debt customer by some suppliers. So, take a look at using a billing service like Huru.

Huru has gone to the market to find the best suppliers to provide students with their water, energy and internet needs at home. Huru also makes the billing super simple for people living in shared houses, like students. You and your housemates will each be able to register to a house account. Each of you will then receive a single bill for your share of all the utility services at that house a month. All you’ve got to do is pay your single bill to Huru and we take care of the rest! No more big upfront bills, no more worrying about when the next bill is or having to sit down and work it out between housemates every month.

Huru is the best place to go for the best student bills package available.

Find out more by getting a quote now, or feel free to get in touch with us on support@gethuru.com .


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