Student Broadband 2014 2015 (Virgin Media 9 month deal)

Heading back to uni in September? Then you’ll want to check out Virgin Media’s student packages for the 2014/2015 academic year.

In certain areas you can now get up to 152Mb Broadband for just £39 per month – that’s less than £2 per person per week for lightning fast internet, when you consider the average student dwelling houses 5 people.

Virgin Media 2014 2015 student broadband
Virgin Media 2014 2015 student broadband

Prices for the three student bundles are listed above. For full details or to place an order, click on the image.

Warwick Uni Student Accommodation – 2014 to 2015

If you’re a student at the University of Warwick and happen to be looking for accommodation for the September 2014 academic year, you’re in the right place. JS Trading have a portfolio of high quality student houses and flats in North, Central and South Leamington Spa.

All of the properties offered by JS Trading are registered with Warwick District Council and licenced in accordance with HIMO (House In Multiple Occupation) requirements. Tenancy agreements have previously been vetted by the University of Warwick Students’ Union Welfare Officer & are signed in-house. Deposits are protected by my|deposits, a government authorised deposit protection scheme.

JS Trading also have their own in-house maintenance team and contact numbers (including out of hours emergency contact) are displayed in the communal areas of all properties.

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If you would like to enquire about any of the following student properties, JS Trading can be contacted directly on 01926 338 382 or via e-mail.

Please note – all properties owned & managed by J S Property have been added to a new website, Shokarz Property. For up to date information & availability on their student properties, please contact J S Property directly.

Warwick University Student Accommodation 2014 2015

Student Accommodation for University of Warwick Students – 2014/2015 – Availability by location

North Leamington

42 Clarendon Avenue – 7 double bedrooms
8 Earl Street – 4 double bedrooms
105a Warwick Street – 5 double bedrooms

Central Leamington

13a Spencer Street – 6 double bedrooms with 3 en-suite bathrooms
104 New Street – 5 double bedrooms
104a New Street – 5 double bedrooms
25 Radford Road – 8 double bedrooms & 1 single bedrooms

South Leamington

99 Clapham Terrace – 4 double bedrooms
9 The Seekings – 4 double bedrooms (1 en-suite) & 1 single bedroom

Student Accommodation for University of Warwick Students – 2014/2015 – Availability by size

4 bedrooms

8 Earl Street
99 Clapham Terrace

5 bedrooms

105a Warwick Street
104 New Street
104a New Street
9 The Seekings

6 bedrooms

13a Spencer Street

7 bedrooms

42 Clarendon Avenue

9 bedrooms

25 Radford Road

Student Accommodation for University of Warwick Students – 2014/2015 – Property Details (in order of North to South)

42 Clarendon Avenue – 7 bed student accommodation with 7 double rooms
£95 per person per week, available from 1st September 2014 until 31st July 2015

8 Earl Street – 4 bed student house with 4 double rooms
£95 per person per week, available 1st September 2014 until 31st July 2015

105a Warwick Street – 5 bed student flat with 5 double rooms
£95 per person per week, available 1st September 2014 until 31st July 2015

13a Spencer Street – 6 bed student apartment with 6 double rooms (inc. 3 en-suite bathrooms)

£110 per person per week, available 1st September 2014 until 31st July 2015

104 New Street – 5 bed student house with 5 double rooms

£85 per person per per week, available 1st September 2014 until 31st July 2015

104a New Street – 5 bed student house with 5 double rooms

£85 per person per per week, available 1st September 2014 until 31st July 2015

25 Radford Road – 9 bed student house with 8 double rooms & 1 single [RENT INCLUDES BROADBAND]

£82 per person per month, available 1st September 2014 until 31st July 2015

99 Clapham Terrace – 4 bed student house with 4 double rooms

£80 per person per week, available 1st September 2014 until 31st July 2015

9 The Seekings – 4 bed student house with 4 double rooms (1 en-suite) & 1 single

£80 per person per week, available 1st September 2014 until 31st July 2015

Please note: If you would like to enquire about any of the above student properties, JS Trading can be contacted directly on 01926 338 382 or via e-mail.

Sony Playstation 4 (PS4): Speed Order

As you may have noticed, there has been very little (i.e. nothing) in the way of content on my blog for the past few months. Quite simply, I haven’t had time to do anything besides work. My legal bills are mounting – I haven’t seen my son for almost 4 months now – and my #1 priority is restoring contact. Until such time that is put right, everything else is taking a back seat.

However, I am lucky in that YouTube is a source of income and thus I can (at a push) treat a new console as some kind of investment. I managed to find a few minutes last week and opted for the Sony Playstation 4.

Given my YouTube channel has suffered of late I thought I would scrape the content barrel and make a video of it. I’m pretty sure this is a YouTube first:


UK –
US –

It didn’t order my PS4 until last week so it is unclear when it will actually arrive. Sony recently announced that they will struggle to meet launch day demand and Amazon have said they can’t guarantee launch day delivery for anyone who ordered on or after 5th August 2013.

For those who are willing to camp out, there will no doubt be way to ensure you have a PS4 on launch day – which, annoyingly, differs in the UK & US.

Those of you on the far side of the pond will be able to pick up a PS4 from November 15th, whilst those of us in the UK will need to wait another 2 weeks, until November 29th!

Back To Uni: Student Broadband Deals for the 2013 – 2014 academic year

It’s that time of the year again. You know, the one where I make an apparently random post about student broadband deals from Virgin Media. For those of you who want to know why I bother, bear with me. However, if you’re here looking for the most cost efficient way of getting internet (and/or tv & a phone line) into your student house, I suggest you look no further than Virgin Media’s 9 month student bundles:

9 month Student Broadband Deals from Virgin Media (2013 - 2014)
9 month Student Broadband Deals from Virgin Media (2013 – 2014)

Virgin Media’s “leading offer” is the 30Mb Solus Package at £22.50 per month, but I would actually recommend that students go for the 60Mb Solus package at £27.50 per month. For an extra £5 per month you are getting double the download speed which will come in handy for houses where big groups will be online at the same time.

Virgin Media – a complete list of 9 month student packages for 2013/2014

Broadband Only Student Deals

30Mb Broadband Solus package (£22.50 a month)
60Mb Broadband Solus package (£27.50 a month) – BEST VALUE 

Broadband & Phone Student Deals

30Mb Broadband + Phone (£14.50 + £14.99 line rental a month)
60Mb Broadband + Phone (£19.50 + £14.99 line rental a month)

Broadband, Phone & TV Student Deals

30 Mb Broadband + TV + Phone (£22 + £14.99 line rental a month)
60 Mb Broadband + TV + Phone (£27 + £14.99 line rental a month)

As always, a one off installation fee of £49.95 applies to all of the above packages. Full terms and conditions are available at the time of purchase from Virgin Media.

SMARTER HOUSING – Raising The Standard of Student Accommodation

My affinity to Virgin Media stems from my first business, Smarter Housing. To cut to the chase the business went wrong in a big way whilst I was getting divorced but until the time when I took my eye off the ball it was growing rapidly. As the first company to focus on privately rented student accommodation, Smarter Housing had many advantages over traditional letting agents but the relevant one, for the sake of this post, is that broadband was included within the rent. Financially, this wasn’t a big deal as a typical package would cost under £5 per person per week. The real advantage was that students would move into a property with broadband already up and running.

If you’ve never rented student accommodation then this might not seem like a big deal. However, try moving to student digs in any given September and placing a broadband order…. yep. See you in October, November or December :). Systems for the big broadband providers would simply get overwhelmed with an influx of orders and the backlog would mean some students faced a lengthy wait for their broadband installation date.

Dealing with more than 100 student broadband accounts at a time I have absolutely no hesitation in saying that Virgin Media were far and away the most organised company. It’s just an added bonus that their cable services are cheaper than other ISPs.

Video Production Wolverhampton: meet Stone’s Throw Media

During my final year of University I was granted a place on the Enterprise Fellowship Scheme (EFS). Amongst other things, EFS provided me with a credible business address (The University of Warwick Science Park), ample room to work plus access to mentors, funding and a host of networking opportunities.

EFS was a fantastic initiative and, whilst it wasn’t make or break for my business, it has to take the majority of credit for the fact I was able to go from concept to sales in less than 6 months. My only criticism of the scheme is actually directed at the participants, many of whom found themselves burdened by the idea that they were “starting a business” and subsequently spent far too much time planning and less (or no) time trying to sell their product.

Sadly, EFS is no longer around at the University of Warwick but it does live on in the form of SPEED (Student Placements for Entrepreneurs in Education), which operates at Birmingham City, Coventry, Keele, Staffordshire and Wolverhampton universities. It is through my links with SPEED that I got to meet the guys behind Stone’s Throw Media, who offer a range of video production services in Wolverhampton (and beyond).

Stone’s Throw Media: Corporate Video, Apps & Animation

Stones Throw Media - Video Production in Wolverhampton (& beyond)
Stones Throw Media – Video Production in Wolverhampton (& beyond)

ST Media is run by two very affable guys, Mike Chinn and Matt Weston. I’m delighted to say they didn’t fall into the “starting a business” trap and immediately started selling, making full use of SPEED (even signing them up as a client)!

In an attempt to further their business they are addressing their SEO strategy and we met up for a few hours to discuss the most important part: on-site search engine optimisation. The guys quickly got to grips with the basics and I am pleased to see they are already putting theory into practice: working on their meta titles/descriptions, improving their image names and, most importantly, getting their videos onto their website.

Few people seem to realise just how powerful video can be. Aside from the fact YouTube is the second most used search engine, videos often feature near the top of Google (and other) search engine results pages. I’m confident that ST Media know the drill and their use of video will give them a much needed SEO advantage over their competition.

Y U NEED VIDEO (meme pending)

Right now the guys are working on “video production wolverhampton” and I note they are already up to page 1 of the Google SERPS. At this rate I have no doubt they will be in top spot for that (and many other searches) by the end of the year.


AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable (C875): is this the best HD capture card?

Amongst other things, I maintain a ‘non-business’ YouTube channel. Originally this was dedicated to gaming tips & tricks although I have now changed direction slightly, so that it is more in line with what I do on a daily basis and, as such, it is now called iKingOfHouse: YouTube’s SEO guy.

Despite this change of focus, my primary source of content is still gaming videos which I record using an AVerMedia Game Capture HD.

As you can see from my initial Game Capture HD quality test, the settings aren’t all that great out of the box but with some tweaking here and there it easily competes with the likes of Elgato and Hauppauge. For more information on this, check out my AVerMedia Game Capture HD set-up guide, which covers device, console & Sony Vegas settings.

Whilst the Game Capture HD still does a decent job, it’s more than a year old now, so I need to move with the times and upgrade my kit. However my choice is pretty limited as my PS3 and PC still sit at opposite ends of the house so I need something with pc-less recording capabilities.

Say hello to AVerMedia’s latest capture card: the Live Gamer Portable.

AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable (C875): the best HD capture card in 2013 ?
AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable (C875): the best HD capture card in 2013 ?

Whilst I’ve been blogging about this extensively over on it has mostly been speculation [such as: is the AVerMedia C875 the best HD capture card in 2013?].

That’s about to change though as my review sample arrived courtesy of UPS on Friday morning. At this point I’d just like to say a massive “thank-you” to Ginmerry fom AVerMedia who has been kind enough to send out this bit of kit – which retails at $179 / £179 over on Amazon – free of charge.

I’ve been too busy with work to so much as touch the box but I plan on arriving stupidly early tomorrow to record an unboxing and first thoughts video. Once that’s done I’ll be doing a quick set-up guide and a detailed tutorial for people wanting to use pc-less recording or live streaming features. If you want to catch any of these videos then make sure you are subscribed to my channel 🙂

Student Accommodation in Leamington Spa for 2013/2014 academic year

I was really surprised to learn that one of my old clients still has student houses available for the September 2013 to July 2014 academic year. If you landed on this post after a Google search then this post is working as intended.

Location wise, these student properties are scattered around the centre of Leamington Spa, all of which in easy reach of the nearest University bus stop. In my day this was called the X1 but I think it is know known as the Unirider. In any case, you’re not going to be walking for miles to catch the bus.

From memory, all bar two of his 60 rooms to rent have double beds, many of which have en-suite bathrooms or built in wash basins.  Properties are frequently treated to light refurbishment and, in my opinion, far and away exceed the standard you would expect from student accommodation. All of the required certification is carried out, be that for energy efficiency, electrical or gas safety – as is required for “HIMO” properties.

Availability of student accommodation: 2013 – 2014 academic year

At the time of posting, the following properties are available:

4 Earl Street: a modern 4 double bedroom student dwelling in a quiet street in North Leamington Spa, finished to the highest quality;

99 Clapham Terrace:  a recently refurbished 4 double bedroom student house with kitchen/diner and separate lounge;

9 The Seekings: a large detached student residence, with driveway suitable for 4 cars, garage and large garden, plus 4 double bedrooms and one with “hidden” en-suite that is accessible via a built in wardrobe; and

25 Radford Road: an extremely spacious 9 bedroom student property set over 4 floors, boasting 8 double beds / 1 single, plus 3 bathrooms and an additional w/c, as well as off-street parking for up to 4 cars.

You can view a selection of photos of these properties in the gallery, below.

For full specifications or to arrange a viewing please contact the Landlord, Jaz, directly on 01926 886 766. Alternatively if you leave a comment on this post I will ask that details are forwarded to you via e-mail.

Student Property in Leamington Spa from J S Property: Image Gallery

A little disclaimer

It is worth me noting that I have no involvement with the physical letting or management of these properties: I am merely posting this entry as a favour. I can, however, vouch for the quality of these properties as I have seen them all first hand.