Here are some ideas to help you get up and running with StudyStays. If you get stuck at any stage, feel free to contact us!
Create your free trial site
If you haven’t already, you can create a trial site. It takes only a minute to fill out the form and your trial site will be ready to use straight away. The idea behind trial sites is to help you see how StudyStays can work for your university. There’s no obligation to purchase if it doesn’t meet your needs.
Add a campus
One of the main ways students will search is to find listings near their campus. You can add campuses through Admin > Settings tab > Campuses. Click the “Add a new campus” link and fill out the form.
Set up your categories
As well as property and room types, you can also add any additional categories you like. Things like included furnishings, included bills, utilities and parking spaces are some examples of categories you might like to add.
To set up your categories, go to Admin > Settings tab > Categories.
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Try adding a listing
Click Home > Add a listing to see how providers will add listings to the site. If you're signed in as an admin, you'll be directed to register as a provider first—some of your details will be automatically filled out for you.
We can fill in example data for hundreds of students, landlords and listings so you can get a better feel for searching, reports and other functions of the site. We’ll clear all this data before you launch your site. Just shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to do this for you.
Set up pages
Questions and answers
You can provide some self-service support to students and providers by creating FAQs under Admin > Content > Frequently Asked Questions. By default, we categorise these for you under “Students” and “Providers”, but feel free to change the categories as you need.
Change the duration of advertisements
You can change how long listings are advertised for under Admin > Settings > Listings. While you’re there, you might like to check out some of the other ways you can customise the site to fit your specific needs.
Try out email verification for students
To begin with, anyone can register as a student on your trial site. If you'd like to see how current students can be automatically verified when they register, you can try setting up email registration.
Select “Email verification” under Admin > Settings > Authentication. In the “Valid email domains” box, enter the part after the @ in your own email address, and click save. You can then try registering using an address that ends with this domain, but please note: you won’t be able to register with the same email address you use for your admin account.
Try it out on a phone
StudyStays has a mobile-friendly format which automatically displays when you visit the site on a small-screen device like phones or tablets.
See how other people are using Studystays
Check out the list of our customers—you might find some inspiration by looking at how other universities are using Studystays.
Our blog has information about updates as they happen, and tips on how to get the most out of Studystays.
Let us know how you go
If you have any questions or feedback during your trial, feel free to get in touch with us at email@example.com.