How Self-Selection Dramatically Changed The Student Experience At Bournemouth University

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  • Reduced
    Complaints by 80%
  • Time Saving
    96 hours of time saved per term
  • Improved Automation
    Removed manual paper process
  • Exceptional
    Student and staff experience
With the increase of students to Bournemouth University each year and the additional housing options available, the room selection process was very limiting as students were only given one option based on their requirements, and many students missed out on their first choice. Following feedback from students, Bournemouth started using StarRez to help this process by adopting PortalX, our student portal, to allow students to book their own rooms. They also used PortalX to manage arrival time slots group bookings, bookings for returning students, and much more.

When students logon to StarRez via Bournemouth University, they are given a classification and this could be new student or returning student. This then determines what options are available to them when they are setting up their profile. Once their profile is uploaded, they can select rooms by location, gender, and room types. They can see a selection of rooms available and once booked they can then see profiles of who else is in room with them.

By giving the students more ownership and self-selections options they have managed to:

  • Reduce complaints by 80%
  • Remove the manual process, saving 95 hours per term
  • Reduce transfers or withdrawals room by 80%
Self selection has changed our workload so much, it has given the students freedom to see exactly what is available for them to book when they log into the system. Any cancellations go straight back onto the portal for a new booking and it has all been very fluid with a massive reduction in complaints. Also using the portal means everything is in one place, whether the students are; booking accommodation, paying rent, booking their arrival timeslots or learning about where to leave their keys, it is all on our Accommodation Portal making it very simple for the students.

Naomi Crabb, Bookings and Administration Officer, Bournemouth University

Automation of communications

The University also use the StarRez automated email solution. At any stage from booking a room to confirming that reservation an email is generated via StarRez, removing the manual piece and providing consistency across the university.

Expanding their resources for busy periods

Another busy period for the university is A Level results day. They have a call centre set up from 8am – 7pm on A-level results day and onwards for the next few days (including weekends) to answer any queries students may have. By generating emails in the lead up to this normally busy day means the call centre is now a lot quieter and mainly dealing with inquiries regarding insurance and clearing.