Landlord’s guide to furnishing student housing on a budget

June 2nd 2017

If you’re a landlord furnishing your first student house or an existing landlord looking to refurbish your student properties, you have to balance providing quality furniture while ensuring that it’s cost-effective and durable.

More than that, the property you provide to students could be the first one they’ve lived in without their parents so you want to make a great impression. Fortunately, you can still furnish a student apartment on the cheap with quality furniture without breaking the bank. Below we’ve detailed the essentials that every student apartment should have.

Essential Argos home furniture for students

If you are landlord looking to furnish student housing here’s our checklist of what you need to buy:

  • Sofa
  • TV Unit
  • Washing machine
  • Fridge / Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Bed frame
  • Mattress
  • Bedside Cabinet
  • Wardrobe

Student living room furniture

Some student houses don’t have a living room as some landlords might wish to use the available space to put in an additional bedroom. However, if the housing you offer has a sitting room we’d suggest that you provide only minimal furniture such as a sofa and a unit for a TV. Extras including a television or games console can be provided by the students themselves.

Sofas at Argos

Durability is the key when providing a sofa. This will hopefully last through multiple student tenants so you’ll want to choose something which can be cleaned easily either by removing the cushion covers or by wiping down with a damp cloth.

We have a wide range of sofas at Argos, but we’d especially recommend the following two for your living room:

We recommend:

Argos TV unit

As students will usually bring their own electronics, it’s a great idea to provide a TV unit within your living room set up. We have a range of suitable furniture at Argos but we’d especially recommend these:

Kitchen accessories at Argos

Before sending their kids off to university, most parents will give them pots, pans, plates and cutlery in the kitchen. This means that your responsibility as a landlord is to provide white goods, again you are looking for products which are cost effective but will last a good few years.

Argos washing machines

With regards to a washing machine, we suggest getting a simple, easy to use one. A large drum size is advisable for large student houses and we’ve detailed our two top recommendations below. However, feel free to browse our full range to get further ideas.

Other white goods to consider include a fridge and freezer, but only supply a dishwasher if space allows as this isn’t something students will necessarily expect to find. An oven is also an absolute must. In terms of on the counter items such as a toaster and microwave, these should be provided.

Students have very busy schedules so providing a toaster and microwave will ensure they can maintain their hectic lifestyles while enjoying a warm meal. We’ve put in our top choices for these items below:

Argos toasters and microwaves

Although some landlords recommend students bring their own toasters, supplying one is an excellent way to ensure your tenants are getting a great breakfast. A good model doesn’t have to break the bank either. Our range of Argos toasters ensure you’re getting a quality product at a fantastic bargain.

A microwave is an essential item for any student home. Providing a quality meal in a matter of seconds, tenants can have a decent meal while still dashing from point A to B. Although there are a variety of microwaves on the market, we recommend a simple one similar to the product above.

Argos beds

After a long evening studying, everyone deserves a good rest – students are no different. As such they’ll be looking for a comfortable bed but this doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot of money.

A sturdy bed with a mattress built to last is all they need and a double bed is generally the best size if room space allows. Duvets, sheets and pillows are generally provided by the students themselves. You can see our full selection here, but we’d especially recommend these two:

We recommend:

If the rooms don’t have fitted storage units then do remember items such as a wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside cabinet.

Don't forget an Argos desk!

Students, not surprisingly, spend a lot of their time studying so including a desk and chair is absolutely essential. Below we’ve listed some of our top recommended desks so you can help your tenants get the most out of their education.

Landlord furniture at Argos

If you are set to kit out your student housing then we have a range of products which will be ideal for you. If you have a number of houses to furnish then buying in bulk might be the best option. Get in touch with us to see how we can save you money.

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