National Apprenticeship Week!

This week is National Apprenticeship Week, where we celebrate the achievements of our fellow apprentices within loc8me. We asked both Zach and Izzy about their experience so far with loc8me:


What is it like being an apprentice for loc8me?

Being an apprentice at loc8me is not just a job; it’s an adventure filled with learning. Every day brings new situations and challenges that keep me on my toes. Whether it’s assisting with property management or interacting with clients, there’s never a dull moment. The dynamic nature of the role ensures that I’m constantly learning and growing, which makes the experience both entertaining and fulfilling.

This year’s theme is ‘Skills for Life’. What skills have you learned with loc8me that will stay with you for life?

Working at loc8me has equipped me with invaluable skills. Firstly, I’ve gained confidence in my abilities, both professionally and personally. This confidence enables me to tackle challenges head-on and approach tasks with a positive attitude. Secondly, I’ve learnt to think critically and creatively to find effective solutions. Lastly, the emphasis on exceptional customer service has instilled in me the importance of empathy, communication, and adaptability, qualities that will serve me well in all aspects of life.

What’s your favourite part of working as an apprentice?

One of the most rewarding aspects of being an apprentice is the opportunity to interact with a diverse range of people. Whether it’s collaborating with colleagues, assisting clients, or networking with industry professionals, each interaction provides a unique learning experience. Moreover, the knowledge and insights gained from these interactions are invaluable assets that not only enhance my current role but also lay the foundation for future endeavours.

What piece of advice would you give to people wanting to do an apprenticeship?

My advice to anyone considering an apprenticeship is simple yet important: prioritise passion over a paycheck. Seek out opportunities that align with your interests, values, and long-term goals. A fulfilling apprenticeship goes beyond just earning a wage; it’s about gaining valuable experience, acquiring new skills, and laying the groundwork for a successful and fulfilling career.


What is it like being an apprentice for loc8me?

I love being an apprentice at loc8me. The environment in the office allows me to thrive and grow. I love the variety of my work day from day to day, I can go from shadowing viewings with the Lettings consultants to chasing contracts in the office. The positive vibes in the office make every day enjoyable and allow me to develop my skills and grow in both Lettings and assets.

This year’s theme is ‘Skills for Life’. What skills have you learned with loc8me that will stay with you for life?

My role within Loc8me has allowed me to develop many transferable skills which will aid me in my future endeavours. I have developed skills such as communication, people skills and being able to work as part of a team, which are all key skills for my future endeavours. 

What’s your favourite part of working as an apprentice?

My favourite part of being an apprentice would be that I am able to see all sides of the business and learn from people with years of experience in this field. 

What piece of advice would you give to people wanting to do an apprenticeship?

My biggest word of advice for people wanting to do an apprenticeship would be to take every opportunity you get and to see the potential for how it can benefit you in your own work and future fields. 

We turn 16 Years old!🍊

We turn 16 Years old!🍊 This week marks a milestone for loc8me as we celebrate 16 years of operation, and what an incredible journey we have had so far.

loc8me started from a bedroom in a student house back in 2008. Through the highs and the lows, Raffaele Russo’s vision to redefine and pioneer the best co-living experiences is integral to the position loc8me is in today. We now operate in 13 cities, manage over 1700+ properties and welcome 6,500+ students to our community every year🏡

We extend heartfelt gratitude to our landlords, dedicated team members, valued tenants, and supportive friends for believing in our vision and contributing to loc8me’s growth. Your unwavering support has been instrumental in shaping loc8me into what it is today. Cheers to many more years of success and community-building together! 🎉

Ace Your Exams with These Top Study Tips

Success in academics isn’t just about putting in long hours of study; it’s about adopting effective study strategies that cater to your unique learning style. 

Create a Study Schedule:

Time management is crucial for effective studying. Develop a realistic study schedule that allocates specific time slots for different subjects or topics. Stick to your schedule to build a consistent study routine and prevent last-minute cramming. Although all-nighters can save you in some scenarios, it’s best to be prepared to avoid long nights.

Set Clear Goals:

Define your academic goals for each study session. Having clear objectives will help you stay focused and motivated. Break down larger goals into smaller, manageable tasks. This makes the workload less daunting and achievable. 

Active Learning Techniques:

Engage in active learning methods rather than passive reading. Techniques such as summarising information in your own words, teaching the material to someone else, or creating flashcards can enhance understanding and retention. 

Take Breaks:

Long study sessions without breaks can lead to burnout and reduced productivity. Incorporate short breaks during your study sessions to recharge your mind. Use techniques like the Pomodoro Technique, where you work for 25 minutes and then take a 5-minute break.

Find a Suitable Study Environment:

Identify a comfortable and quiet study environment that minimises distractions. Choose a location that is quiet and conducive to concentration. While libraries are traditional study spaces that offer a peaceful atmosphere, not everyone thrives in a library setting. Some students may prefer the hum of a coffee shop, finding the ambient noise to be just enough to drown out distractions without being too overwhelming. On the other hand, some individuals may find the comfort of their own room to be the ideal study space. Consider your personal preferences and test different environments to discover what works best for you.

Use Technology Wisely:

Technology plays a pivotal role in shaping how we learn and study. Embracing technology wisely can significantly enhance your academic journey, providing access to a wealth of resources and tools. However, it’s essential to strike a balance and be mindful of potential distractions. Establish clear boundaries; consider using website blockers during focused study sessions to limit access to social media or other distracting sites. Utilising digital databases such as Google Scholar and JSTOR will be your best friend when writing your dissertation/coursework.

Stay Healthy:

Physical health directly impacts mental performance. Ensure you get enough sleep, maintain a balanced diet, and engage in regular physical activity. A healthy lifestyle contributes to better concentration and memory retention.

Seek Help When Needed:

If you’re struggling with certain topics, don’t hesitate to seek help. Reach out to teachers, classmates, or online forums for clarification. Understanding difficult concepts early on prevents a buildup of confusion.

Effective studying is not a one-size-fits-all endeavour. Experiment with these study tips and tailor them to suit your individual learning preferences. Remember, success is not just about how much time you spend studying but about studying smart. By incorporating these strategies into your routine, you’ll be well on your way to acing your exams.

What to consider when choosing your next student home!

As you embark on the exciting journey of finding your next student home, several crucial factors warrant thoughtful consideration. Your choice will not only influence your living experience but also shape your ability to thrive academically and socially during your time at university. Here are four things to consider whilst searching for your next home:

Budget. Potentially the most important aspect when choosing your next student home! Choosing an accommodation that fits your budget helps prevent financial stress. Living within your means allows you to focus on your studies and extracurricular activities without constantly worrying about making ends meet.

Location. Living close to your university can significantly reduce commute times, making it more convenient for attending lectures, studying on campus, and participating in extracurricular activities. You should also consider what amenities are close by. Finding a property that is close to shops, restaurants and bars will make living your student life that little bit easier.

Who you live with. Choosing roommates who share similar study habits and academic goals can create a supportive study environment. This can positively impact your focus and academic performance. Also, consider shared interests. Living with roommates who share common interests, hobbies, or social activities can enhance your overall university experience. It provides opportunities for friendship and shared experiences.

What’s important to you? Considering factors such as bathrooms, room space, and whether bills are included when choosing your next student home is important for various reasons. You will be spending a lot of time in your home, so make sure it fits your lifestyle and preferences.

loc8me Foundation Update!

🏔We’re excited to announce that our JustGiving page is up and running ahead of embarking on an exhilarating journey – The National Three Peaks Challenge! This means conquering the tallest peaks of Scotland, England, and Wales: Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdon, all within 24 hours!

🤝 Your support means the world to us! Whether it’s cheering us on, spreading the word, or making a donation, every bit of encouragement fuels our steps towards the summit. 

💖 All donations go directly to supporting the impactful work of The Loc8me Foundation, driving change and making a tangible difference in our community. The Loc8me Foundation splits your donation two ways:
25% goes towards our partner charity Mind
75% goes to our supported local charities and individuals who meet our criteria.

🔗 The link to donate is below:

5 ways to decorate your bedroom without affecting your deposit

The average student spends 13 out of 24 hours in their bedroom. Whether you are working, relaxing or resting, the atmosphere of your bedroom should make you feel at home. We have outlined 5 ways in which you can decorate your bedroom without affecting your deposit!

Plants. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, they offer numerous health benefits. Plants naturally absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen through the process of photosynthesis. This can contribute to better air quality in your bedroom, creating a healthier environment. Studies have also suggested that interacting with indoor plants can positively impact mood and reduce stress. The presence of greenery can create a more relaxed and soothing atmosphere in your bedroom. 

Lighting. Having better lighting in your bedroom is important for several reasons, as it can significantly impact both the functionality and ambience of the space. Here are some compelling reasons to invest in better lighting for your bedroom:

  • Lighting plays a key role in setting the mood and creating a specific atmosphere in your bedroom. Adjustable and dimmable lighting options allow you to control the intensity of light, creating a cosy and relaxing environment when needed.
  • Enhances visibility. Seems quite an obvious one, however still very important! Ensuring you have appropriate lighting helps when studying or settling down for the evening.

Posters. Before you Blu Tack your wall, hear us out… Companies now offer magnet-mounting posters, which look great and don’t leave marks on the wall. As well as expressing your personality, they also fill that empty wall with art. Inspirational posters with motivational quotes or images can serve as daily reminders of your goals and aspirations. Or your posters can represent memories or experiences that hold sentimental value. Whether it’s a poster from a memorable concert, a favourite movie, or a travel destination, they can evoke positive emotions and nostalgia.

Bedding. Opt for bedding that not only looks good but also meets your comfort preferences and maintenance requirements. Good bedding contributes significantly to a better night’s sleep, making you wake up feeling refreshed. Aesthetic bedding also makes it easy to update the look of your bedroom with changing seasons or evolving design trends. You can switch out bedding sets to keep your room feeling fresh and up-to-date without the need for major decor changes. 

Functionality. Tidy room, tidy mind. Investing in furniture that will help keep your room tidy is crucial. Our top recommendations are washing baskets, a bin and desk organisers. A clutter-free and organised bedroom can have a positive impact on your mental well-being. A clean environment reduces visual stress and promotes a sense of order and control, helping to lower stress levels. It’s also the most important attribute of making your bedroom look amazing!

The best part of these recommendations? They can fit all budgets! We hope these help kickstart your 2024 and assist in smashing your goals for the new year!

We’re in Bath!

We are thrilled to announce the opening of our newest city in beautiful Bath! 🌟 

📍 We are ready to serve the vibrant community of Bath with our top-notch property management and rental services. Whether you’re a student looking for your next home, a landlord seeking reliable property management, or just in need of expert advice in the real estate market, we’ve got you covered!

🤝 We believe in creating lasting relationships and providing personalised services to meet all your property needs. Our experienced team is committed to offering the best in the industry, tailored to the unique character and charm of Bath.

🔍 Why Choose loc8me Bath?

Personalised property management solutions

Wide range of high-quality rental options

Expert advice and local market insights

Dedicated support for both landlords and tenants

Sales Training with Simon Silva!

After a massively successful November for lettings, we, at loc8me, are determined to maintain our momentum, and what better way to do this than having Simon Silva speak to our lettings negotiators about the art of sales!🤝

Incredibly engaging and informative, Simon discussed the importance of connecting with students and offering quality customer service to make choosing their next home effortless.

In the fast-paced industry we operate in, it’s easy to lose sight of the significance of finding a house, especially for students. We are enthusiastic about implementing the skills discussed by Simon, aiming to enhance our ability to guide students through their housing choices🏡

A heartfelt thank you to Simon Silva for generously sharing your time and expertise with us🙏

Record Breaking Month!

Our Loughborough branch achieved a remarkable milestone, letting 936 rooms this November and setting a new company record! 🏡📈 

A massive thank you to our dedicated Loughborough team for their hard work and commitment. Here’s to more successes ahead!🏡

The National Three Peaks Challenge

We are thrilled to announce that the loc8me Foundation is participating in The National Three Peaks Challenge on the 18th of May 2024 🏔 

The challenge entails climbing Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis (a total walking distance of 23 miles and a total ascent of 10,052ft), all within 24 hours 🏔 

All funds raised from this adventure will go directly to The loc8me Foundation. These funds will significantly bolster our support for our partner charity, Mind, Leicestershire-based charity Wishes 4 Kids, as well as other invaluable local charities.

Red Bull Collaboration

Knock Knock…🚪

In the past few weeks, we have teamed up with Red Bull to deliver drinks to our tenants in Loughborough, Nottingham and Leicester🏡

In the fast-paced world we live in, we understand the importance of that extra boost to stay focused, stay inspired, and chase our dreams. With that in mind, we delivered Red Bull to our amazing tenants, ensuring they had the energy and motivation to conquer their daily challenges💪

A massive thank you to Red Bull for creating this experience with us🤝

#livewithus #RedBull #Studenthousing #Loughborough #Nottingham #Leicester #Studentaccommodation

loc8me Summer Social!

What an incredible day it was at our Summer Social☀️It’s always fantastic to reconnect with familiar faces and extend a warm welcome to our new colleagues🤝

Events like these are more than just fun outings; they’re a testament to the importance of staff socials. They foster camaraderie, boost morale, and provide a platform for us to connect on a personal level, strengthening our bonds as a team 👏

From a morning filled with talks by James BiddleSam Foulds and Callum Birkinshaw to a night full of entertainment and dining. A massive thank you to Roxy Leisure Ltd – Roxy Ball Room & Roxy Lanes and Chaophraya for their incredible hospitality; making the day unforgettable🍊

Freshers Fairs 2023!

We had an incredible time attending Freshers Fairs and giving away 6000+ goodie bags in Loughborough, Nottingham, Newcastle, and Hull. It was an absolute pleasure to connect with so many bright and enthusiastic students as they embark on their academic journey 🌟

Our team had engaging conversations about all things student accommodation, offering valuable insights and guidance to help these students find their ideal living space🏠

Contributing to ‘Green Move Out’ in Durham!

We’re incredibly proud to contribute to The City of Durham Parish Council’s ‘Green Move Out’ operation this year🌿 We have always taken a forward-thinking approach within loc8me and we’re delighted to give back to the community🏡

Chair of the Parish Council’s Environment Committee Council, Carole Lattin said:

“The majority of donations came from individual landlords, Loc8me and the University. Sadly, a number of the bigger players in the market did not contribute to our appeal”

Read the full article here:

Check our our amazing designers Laura on the business on beanbags Podcast!

Hear from one of our designers talking on a podcast with Altitude Marketing Ltd, well done Laura Dalton smashed it!

Episode 15 of the Business on a Beanbag Podcast with the wonderfully quirky Laura Dalton is now live on all major platforms!

Talking all things interior design, business journeys and lessons learnt, this is an awesome episode. Honest, we’re not being bias!


Apple Podcasts:

We’re Open In leicester!

If you’re driving down Oxford St in Leicester you may see our new sign up by the office!

The office stands proud on the corner of Oxford Street and York Road in the city centre 📍

We are extremely excited about the acquisition of this office and can’t wait to see what 2023 has in store for our Leicester branch 🍊

A Christmas Donation

As part of our continued supported of the @leicesterbridge, we were happy to drop off some more donations to their Your Store project in Loughbrough over the Christmas break!

#don8theloc8mefoundation #livewithus

The Hybrid team continues to grow 🌳

With some new faces Morwenna Matcham recently joining as landlord growth manager & Saskia Rodriguez as our Hybrid Property Manager with the help of Melissa as Property Administrator Landlords with student properties in Manchester 📍 Nottingham 📍 Leicester 📍 Liverpool 📍 Bristol 📍 Birmingham 📍 Get in touch! We want you 🍊🧡 #property #team #growth #studenthousing #studentaccommodation #landlord #landlordsuk #houses #students


Our new office Leeds!

The Leeds office makeover is starting to take shape!

After taking over our newest office in Leeds, we deiced to give it a bit more loc8me style!

We are almost halfway thought a full refurb, and we are excited to show off this new space very soon!

Quarterly Managers Meeting

Our quarterly managers’ meeting held at our head office in Loughborough!

Today’s topics

– Marketing
– Lettings
– Utilities
– Summer changeover

Some great feedback will be taken away from today, it’s the perfect time to work on new stratergies and feedback on the last 3 months.


Excited to present you with one of loc8me’s most recent projects

James Etty is taking this 3 Bed Mid Terraced House located in the golden triangle of Loughborough, one of the most sought after student locations to a 4 Bedroom House with all en suites!

Rent pre refurb £13,572 per annum
Rent post refurb £24,960 per annum 💸
With a refurb cost of approximately £120,000 🛠

Attached on our next post are some progress pictures that have been taken along the way, we cannot wait to share the finished product with you 😍

Loc8me x the Bridge

As the loc8me foundation has grown over the last year, we have looked to partner with local charities and causes with a track record of making a difference. One of these charities is The Bridge, an East Midlands based charity working with the local community to deliver a number of specialist housing-related advice, support, and assistance services and accommodation options to homeless and vulnerably housed people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Their vision of “Resilient, compassionate communities where individuals thrive in safe and secure homes.” resonated with us and led us to approach the charity to form a partnership. We are now looking to provide as much support as possible alongside pledging a percentage of all funds raised.

Some more about The Bridge –

⚽🏆Loc8me Cup 2022🏆⚽

32 teams, 256 players, 68 games!

After a 7 hour day, our first loc8me cup was a success! Similar to a Hollywood film, the Pfizer Chiefs were almost knocked out in the group stages if not for a last-minute goal to secure their place in the knockout stages. They then incredibly went on to win is all in an instance penalty shootout.

Thanks to the 256 players and the support of our sponsors, we raised a whopping £1280 for the loc8me foundation, and we are excited to use this money to help local charities and causes that we support.


We could not stand by and watch the tragedy occurring to the people of Ukraine. Therefore, we will be providing free accommodation to Ukrainian refugees arriving in the UK via

We are asking YOU to help us by donating what you can!

We’re now accepting donations of the following items:

  • Thermal blankets
  • Sleeping bags – new
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Wet wipes
  • Sanitary products
  • Dressings
  • Bandages
  • Turnstiles/tourniquets
  • Flashlights with batteries
  • Instant food (soups/noodle pots)
  • Energy bars
  • Instant oats

You can drop said items off at any of the loc8me offices, and we’ll deliver all donations to the closest Ukrainian collection point.



Are you a local business to any of the cities we operate in? 📍

We provide our tenants with an excellent service and many perks when living with us

Offering discounts by partnering with local businesses in the retail, hospitality, and entertainment industry.

Want more info?

Drop us an email! Check out our promotional video of the businesses we work alongside in Loughborough!


In the last three months, we have worked closely with a company called Kiko on building the most user-friendly lettings software system there has ever been! We were introduced to kiko earlier in the year and were already blown away with their ideas and how far they had come.

They were not yet set up to work alongside the student side of property letting but, had already expressed they were fully onboard with us helping them to build the best software that worked for our agency and hopefully other student letting companies around the UK.

We instantly felt like kiko had very similar values to loc8me, whereby customer satisfaction is always our top priority. Our mission is to provide a seamless and effortless experience for all customers using our services. Kiko have allowed us a great opportunity in working with them to be able to deliver this nationwide to all our different offices.

We decided to break down the integration of kiko into 3 different phases. We are currently ready to implement phase 1 into the company which we are all very excited about. This will introduce property advertising, a new way of booking viewings from the tenant’s side, as well as making offers and drawing up of tenancy contracts.

Val and his team have been great to work with so far, we cannot wait for you all to see the finished product in the coming year and look forward to showcasing our new platform to all new and exciting clients.

Team Loc8me completes iconic Three Peaks Challenge

Group offices come together to raise over £4,000 in the first event for the new Charitable Foundation


Following almost 18 months of enforced separation, a team of 11 hardy souls from Loc8me offices around the country came together to raise money for amazing charities by conquering the infamous Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.

The two chosen charities are close to the hearts of everyone within Loc8me and beyond. The COVID pandemic has had a huge impact on the nation’s mental wellbeing and as the national charity assisting those looking for help with their mental health, MIND felt like an obvious choice to support. Team Loc8me also wanted to help out those closer to their head office home in Loughborough, and Wishes4Kids is a Leicestershire-based charity that provides once-in-a-lifetime experiences for terminally ill children.

As a national company, with a number of offices that had worked for so long under lockdown restrictions, the Loc8me team wanted to create an event that all sites could join together to participate in. It was also decided that this challenging team event should represent a beginning for the company and mark the creation of a Loc8me Foundation that will raise much-needed funds for chosen charities, across a number of events, each year.

For many of the team, the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge was already a ‘Bucket List’ event. This spectacular part of the country is also a fantastic location for staff from the Midlands, London, the North West and the East Coast to come together. The aim of this test is to complete the three peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in under 12 hours. A team of 11 walkers took it on and blessed with glorious summer weather, completed the challenge with half an hour to spare – and a mightily impressive collection of blisters and tan lines!

Leader of Team Loc8me, Dillian Dattani, said: “We are proud to have completed this tough challenge in aid of two fantastic causes. We have all been blown away by the support and generous donations we have received from friends, family, business colleagues, tenants and landlords. The lockdowns have been tough on everybody, mentally and physically, and we chose an event that would challenge us and really us to pull together and be motivated us as a team. It was a great experience and as a company, we look forward to The Loc8me Foundation growing into something of which we can all be proud.”


Email: [email protected]

The link to the Loc8me Yorkshire Peaks Fundraising page is:





Fern’s Blog

Really excited this month to give you a little update from our Leicester & Nottingham Area Manager, Fern Tebbutt, on her journey over the last 12 months:

As a company loc8me was ready to start expanding even further, having already worked for the company since 2015 I was already aware of all the process and how everything worked.

Leicester & Nottingham came along at the right time for me, towards the end of August 2020 I wasn’t working for Loc8me and hadn’t been since the previous November. I felt that I needed to explore other industries and venture out, as property at the time was all I had learnt since leaving school. I had been furloughed since the start of April and at the time the role was put forward I was in very uncertain circumstances in my current position of work, so it only felt right that it happened at that point in time.

 I was really excited to re-join the team after taking a break from the company. It made me fully aware that this is what I love to do and what I am passionate about and I’m very grateful since returning for the massive amount of support that i’ve received in my new role from the directors. Property and Loc8me is my passion without a doubt and being part of such a great team makes being at work such a dream.

The last 6/7 months have been a great learning curve for me, and have also made me realise how much I do already know. However one of my weaker points would be property management, having never been involved with that side of the business this was always going to be the case. I do feel as if I’ve taken it on with an open mind and learnt a hell of a lot along the way.. (and still learning day to day)!

Learning about each city has been really eye opening, not only having to figure my way around but understanding about how the market works for both cities and the right locations for all 4 of the Universities across both Leicester & Nottingham.

It’s great to see how far Leicester has come, with already a portfolio of 170 bedrooms. Leicester has such a diverse student community from art, design and fashion students to doctors and nurses who are part of one of the largest teaching trusts in the UK. Leicester is home to 3 different university hospital trust sites including the general, infirmary and glenfield, the city is also recognised as one of the most affordable university destinations nationwide.

Nottingham itself has so much potential with over 70,000 students attending both universities each year the demand for off student accommodation is ever growing. With a thriving city centre and widespread transport options, it gives students more reason to live off campus. Loc8me’s brand fits in very well with the lifestyle Nottingham has to offer to the students.

My main aim for 22/23 academic year will be to ensure we are accredited by each of the universities as one of the leading off campus accommodation agencies, this gives great security for tenants who sign up with us as well as landlords we work with.

We are still looking for new landlords to join and get on board if you have any questions or queries regarding each of the university cities, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Each of the cities have great opportunities available, so even if you are not yet a landlord within these communities we can make that possible.

I look forward to hopefully completing my ARLA Level 3 within the next year which will take my career to the next level and I am extremely excited to see where Loc8me Leicester & Nottingham are in the market within the next five to six years.

A Director’s Story!

James is our longest reigning member of staff, we thought it would be great to tell his story with a timeline of his roles!


James joined the company in July 2013, starting as a placement student whilst attending Loughborough University. His first year with Loc8me was spent on basic accounting tasks, rent chasing and a bit of lettings here and there.


During his final year he was employed on a part time basis around his course and was then offered a permanent position as Accounts Manager following his graduation. For any student knowing you’ve secured a full time job after your university days is a huge weight off your shoulders. Having already employed two previous placement students at loc8me, James was thrilled to be part of such an up and coming agent.


In 2015 James took on the integration of opening our Hull and Lincoln offices and setting up the teams in these offices before returning to Loughborough to continue with the Accounts Manager role.


The following year James began to develop the refurbishment side of Loc8me, the main focus was to upgrade and develop properties on the portfolio in order to achieve the highest rents possible for our landlords at the time. In 2017 we decided to grow our Loughborough teams and introduce the property manager roles which at the time was James’ main focus.


After working along side the property managers for a few years and still managing the companies finances, he then took a couple of years away from the day to day running of Loc8me to work with the founder Raffaele Russo. This was to develop a landlord knowledge side of the business and to give him the opportunity to start his own BTL portfolio. James now successfully owns 3 student properties managed and let by Loc8me.


In July 2020 he was appointed as a Director, leading operations across the company in multiple cities. Between now and then he has spent a lot of time working with a large fund growing the portfolio across the UK.


We look forward to seeing was the next few years brings for the company!

Refurb: Arigato – Baxtergate

We have recently completed a refurbishment in Loughborough called Arigato. This 5 bed student HMO is now one of the most desirable student property available in Loughborough. The thoughts and concept below are in the words of our interior designer, Laura Dalton.


“I did some research into minimalistic spaces and came across Japandi, a hybrid trend that combines aspects of Scandinavian design with Japanese style.

Despite the geographic distance between Japan and Scandinavia they have a lot in common when it comes to design. Both have calm and harmonious styles, value functionality, simplicity and a love for natural materials. Once I’d done my research and felt I had enough knowledge of the creative combination to put together a mood board I started thinking about elements of nature, contrasting materials and a space I felt really took into consideration the user demographic and how they would interact with the design of the space.


What came next was my journey of realising my design, project management and trying to source all the goods during a pandemic… oh what fun! Adaptability became my middle name as I struggled to source items that would be delivered on time for deadlines… but that’s all part of the design process.


I decided it was a good idea to compliment the minimalistic interior with sleek and beautiful lighting. I went for flush lighting in the hallway in a linear formation to provide those simple but functional elements of Japandi. In contrast I used paper lanterns as a nod to Japanese design styles but by placing multiple lanterns in one area created a warm orb of light which felt like a light installation. In order to enhance the natural light in the rooms I decided to keep all the walls in a light simple colour pallet, opting for a stone colour. This allowed natural light to be filtered through the space in the daytime and was a key element in my design. The furniture I kept simple and minimalistic using bamboo, and oak. The low height beds I sourced from a local company are the punch of black to the neutrally toned space. The artwork I used was produced by me after I spent some time researching Japanese calligraphy and brush stroke art forms. 


My brief is always to have 3 memorable features so I set my mind on what I could bring to a space that would leave people impressed and want to take a snap for good old Instagram!

Whilst Arigato is a host to a lot of my ideas, of which I’m incredibly proud, a few in particular stand out to me. The window seat in the front bedroom is one of them, situated on a low window the window seat made functional use of an otherwise lost space, now it is a warm inviting seating area waiting for future residents to enjoy the evening sun regardless of whether they’re revising or unwinding with friends. Another element of the design was a sumptuous bathroom suite with a walk-in shower, large stone tiles and black bathroom fittings, it had such an edge with the black, but the natural colours of the tiles and walls really represented the Scandinavian colour pallet. Similar to this was another stand out for me, the salt stone sink fitted in the kitchen, this breaks up the clean simple lines of the work top it’s such a feature and a sink you won’t easily come across or forget, teamed with the horizontal wood grain of the handless cupboards this is a kitchen that dreams are made of.


One of the crowning jewels of this project is the gorgeous terrace, walking out onto a tiled area that then flows into a grassed space with modern garden furniture extending the Japandi theme outside of the apartment. The space is versatile and will work to benefit all the needs of the future residents, from morning coffee and yoga, to alfresco lunches and late night get togethers.

As a creative designer of spaces that are for young adults it was my aim to offer up a new level of student accommodation, one that encapsulates the future of HMOs and one that students can thrive in.”


I’m sure you’ll agree from the photos below that Laura has done a fantastic job and we are delighted to be offering this to our student portfolio.