More than just a home… Fresh prioritises student wellbeing at Benson Yard

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According to Young Minds*, 52% of 17-25 year olds surveyed reported negative emotions affected their enjoyment of life. Award-winning third-party operator Fresh, managing student accommodation across the UK including Benson Yard in the heart of Liverpool, prioritises the wellbeing of its students, providing more than just a home. Their impressive amenities present much-needed areas to socialise, relax and exercise, in addition to the award-winning Be Wellbeing Programme which offers specialised events and workshops for students to encourage a healthy lifestyle, develop new friendships and provide a sense of belonging. Students can feel at ease with a plethora of resources at their fingertips and a support network with a dedicated Residents' Team, ready to help whenever needed.

Residents at Benson Yard will benefit from a range of fabulous amenities and communal spaces all included in the weekly price, such as a cinema room which doubles as a dance studio, and a games room, study room, lounge, gym, sky lounge and courtyard. The facilities ensure residents have ample space outside of their rooms to meet with friends, relax and unwind, adding to the overall community feel and reducing the feeling of loneliness amongst residents, particularly during a time where everything can feel overwhelming by providing monthly events and activities, aimed towards reducing stress and providing a special university experience to remember.

Small details such as larger than average rooms with a modern feel, in addition to expansive windows in each room with the option for city views over Liverpool, ensure residents are immersed in inspiring and uplifting environments to help improve morale. Bills covering water, electricity, Wi-Fi and content insurance are all included in the weekly cost, making life easier and more efficient for residents, taking some pressure and stress away from budgeting.

Residents will also have access to an on-site Residents’ Team who are available to help with both practical matters in regards to the building as well as personal challenges students might be facing. The Team put time into getting to know each of their residents personally and are trained in mental health first aid. They prioritise identifying early signs of stress, anxiety and loneliness, allowing them to intervene and prevent issues from escalating.

Fresh’s award-winning Be Wellbeing Programme provides a calendar of residents’ events which celebrates inclusivity and creates a sense of community. Be offers a wellbeing and lifestyle schedule that integrates residents through fun activities and delivers a hub of resources to support students. From inspiring students to be active and connected to others as well as being social, a carefully curated schedule of events and workshops will be implemented at Benson Yard, tailored towards their residents’ interests.

Examples of Be Wellbeing events from other student accommodations managed by Fresh in recent months include inclusive cultural celebrations such as Lunar New Year, Holi and Eid, study sessions during exam periods, city scavenger hunts to develop team building skills and encourage students to get outdoors and explore as well as puppy therapy days, fitness challenges, Pride and summer festivals on site using outdoor spaces. A packed calendar throughout the year will not only establish the Benson Yard community but also reduce stress, anxiety, ease loneliness, promote mindfulness and improve mental and physical health amongst residents.

Linsey Cullen, Head of Division North and Ireland at Fresh comments: “We understand that moving away from home to a new university, a new city even, can be a real shock, and it will take time for people to adjust. This is why we have made the wellbeing of our residents our highest priority and have set up numerous events and activities to help residents to socialise and truly immerse themselves in the university experience.” 

Benson Yard is priced from £151 per week for a standard en suite room, tenancies run between 44 and 51 weeks. A collection of en suite rooms, is available, and furnished with a double bed, full length mirror, wardrobe and study area. There is extra storage space available underneath the bed and some rooms have fantastic views over Liverpool. Residents of the en suite bedrooms benefit from a fully equipped communal kitchen that’s perfect for dining together, with up to eight residents sharing. A range of studios are also available, each featuring a private kitchen with modern amenities, are also on offer with three types to choose from – classic, deluxe and premium with up to 34 sqm of space. Studios can be shared between two residents for no additional fee.

Benson Yard benefits from a central location in Liverpool. The University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University are only five minutes’ walk away. A fantastic range of shops, restaurants and bars surround the building, the buzz of Liverpool City Centre is on the doorstep for residents. Green spaces including Roscoe Gardens and St John’s Gardens are under a 10-minute walk away. Liverpool Lime Street Station is just seven minutes’ walk away, whilst the City Centre Bus Stations are four minutes’ walk away for those wanting to explore more. There are also fast and frequent transport links for students studying in Manchester.

The team at Fresh has managed award-winning student accommodation across the UK for over a decade. Fresh is a Global Student Living Index Platinum Certified Operator, with a 95% satisfaction rating.

To find out more about Benson Yard and to book a viewing, call 0151 332 2580 or email [email protected]



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