2015 Live Rent Free Winner - James Pickering

Our 2015 winner James Pickering talks about living ‘Rent Free’ with Mansion Student…

Congratulation to our 2015 Live Rent Free Competition Winner, James Pickering! James is 19 years old and studying Accounting and Finance at University of Aberystwyth. We had a chat with James to find out how he feels about winning this fantastic prize….

Firstly congratulations. How did you react when you got the call to say you had won our 2015 ‘Live Rent Free’ competition?

It’s brilliant! I was really shocked, competitions aren’t usually my thing, but its great! I will save loads of money this year now, so I can spend it on some other things I have my eye on.

You will now be living completely rent free for 2015/16 in our Alexandra Hall accommodation in Aber, how do you think winning this competition will affect your life?

I want to start to save some money but will probably treat myself too. Because I am thinking of taking a year out, the extra cash will come in really handy, it will allow me to plan things and not worry about money for a while, so it has definitely had an impact on my plans for next year.

How did your friends and family react to the news of your win?

Not many of my friends know, but I am staying with one of my mates at Alexandra Hall this year. He was happy for me but gutted at the same time because he hadn’t won the Live Rent Free competition. Everybody who does know have congratulated me, its definitely a talking point.

What made you choose Mansion Student as your accommodation provider for this year?

I stayed here last year. Aberystwyth wasn’t my first choice university so I got in through clearing so wanted to stay somewhere comfortable and close to university. I chose Alexandra Halls and really like it. David and the team here are really lovely people, so I was happy to stay another year, even better now its rent free.

How much will the money you save on rent help with your plans for the coming year?

It will help a lot. As I’ve mentioned, I will probably save some, but will treat myself to a new hi-fi for my room. Student accommodation costs a lot so this is a really big help. The money I save will help me get ready for the financial responsibilities of working life, or at least help while I am on my year out placement.

Would you recommend other students on your course / at your uni to come and live at Mansion Student Aberystwyth?

I would definitely recommend Alex Halls because of how nice the place is! It is safe and secure and located right on the sea front. There is also a huge plus in having an on-site Hospitality Team there. They are always friendly and willing to help whenever you need anything.

What would you say to others thinking about entering our LRF competition for next year?

I would say ‘give it a go’! I don’t usually bother entering competitions as I believe I will never win anything. But you have to remember there is always a chance so why not!


Our 2016 Live Rent Free competition will be opening soon. Watch this space to be in with a chance of being next year’s winner!

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