According to recent information from Rightmove, Caxtons outperformed other Canterbury agents by letting the most student accommodation making them number one student lettings agent in the city during the period 24 Jan to 14 Feb.
Caxtons let 42 properties in that time, beating its closest rival into second place.
Over the past week (8th – 14th) Caxtons also achieved equal first out of 49 Canterbury agents for attracting new student property instructions, and was placed second for 'available stock' out of 90 agents letting similar properties in the city.
Caxtons' Duncan Reeves, associate director and head of Residential & Student Lettings in Canterbury said, "Since we began student property viewings in November last year we have let more than 130 houses and have taken on more than 40 new instructions. This has been a very busy time and we are delighted to have recorded such positive results.
"During the year our Student Lettings department has busy and frantically busy periods – there never seems to be a time when students aren't interested in researching, viewing and agreeing tenancies for their future accommodation."
The doom and gloom merchants who predicted that students would no longer be able to afford to leave home for their university education weren't right in the case of Canterbury.
The city now accommodates approximately 40,000 students every year – double the number of ten years ago. The result is that tens of thousands of undergraduates and graduates studying at the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University and the University for the Creative Arts actively seek student accommodation, so the competition for houses and flats in the city is buoyant. And that means that the student property sector is flourishing.
Duncan Reeves Associate director and head of residential & student lettings, Canterbury
The Student Lettings department of chartered surveyors Caxtons, in Canterbury, decided to give some of the students studying at the city's three universities and taking out tenancies for accommodation through the firm, the opportunity to participate in a simple competition.
Joining forces with the Marlowe Theatre, where the company is a corporate sponsor, Caxtons was delighted to receive a pair of tickets for each of the winners to attend a major performance of the winners' choice at the award-winning* venue.
Lucky prize-winners Lauren Seward, Michael Summers and Sam Jackson collected their tickets on Tuesday 16th February from Caxtons' office in Castle Street, Canterbury. Duncan Reeves, head of student lettings and Sam Scott, development manager at the Marlowe Theatre presented Lauren, Michael and Sam with their prizes.
Lauren was thrilled to get the tickets she wanted to see the Russian State Ballet of Siberia, one of Russia's leading ballet companies which has built an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and unusual depth, performing Sleeping Beauty at the end of February. Michael chose tickets to Alan Bennett's classic comedy Single Spies with a stellar cast
Lauren said she had been pleased to locate a suitable property through Caxtons and had liked the website, which was easy to navigate and had a good variety of suitable and well located properties that were clearly displayed with details that were simple to understand. Sam, Michael and Lauren will be moving in to their respective student accommodation in good time for the start of the 2016/17 academic year.
*Since it reopened in 2011, the Marlowe Theatre has won a number of national theatre industry awards, including UK Theatre's award for Achievement In Marketing (2012) and Most Welcoming Theatre In The South East (2015).
l to r: Michael Summers, Sam Scott from The Marlowe, Sam Jackson, Lauren Seward and Duncan Reeves from Caxtons.
Through December '15/January '16, and in conjunction with The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, we organised a competition for students who had chosen to rent a Caxtons' student property in Canterbury for the 2016/17 academic year. On offer were three prizes of a pair of tickets to a production at the amazing Marlowe Theatre, which re-opened in October 2011, after an extensive rebuild and has since become one of the country's leading regional theatres.
Competition entries closed on 31st January and, after careful deliberation, three lucky winners were selected.
The winners are:
Each winner will be able to select two tickets from a variety of productions due to be staged at The Marlowe in the near future. Performances range from the Russian
Duncan Reeves, associate director and head of Student Lettings said, "We were keen to show our appreciation to student tenants who chose Caxtons to provide their accommodation, so decided to give them the opportunity to get something in return.
"We are involved with The Marlowe Theatre as corporate members, so thought that they would be the perfect partner for this initiative, and we were right. We were really pleased with the response to the competition and delighted that those who came to the office to deliver their competition entry forms by hand seemed really keen on the collaboration between Caxtons and The Marlowe.
"We hope that the winners enjoy whichever performance they select, and will consider running something similar again later this year."