We launched as an independent student accommodation newspaper in Newcastle in 1999. In 2001 classified sections were added so that both large and small landlords could benefit. In the same year Sheffield and Liverpool editions were added and in 2002 we printed a Leeds edition.
We are now proud to offer advertising across the board to letting agents, independent landlords and those with just one house to let.
In 2011 New Student joined forces with Accent magazines to strengthen the team and improve the service we offered. Targeting a quarter of a million students a year, Student Housing magazine is unique in its field.
Each edition is printed to coincide with the time that the student housing market starts in each city, Leeds, Liverpool in January, Newcastle and Sheffield.
|1999: Des Res is launched in Newcastle. The first dedicated student housing publication in the UK and probably the world.||2000: 2nd Edition. If you look carefully you just might be able to see the cat on the roof of the Lego house.||2001: Sheffield, Durham & Liverpool editions launched. Classified advertising added so now even the smallest landlords can advertise.|
|2002: Manchester, Leeds & Sunderland editions launched. Durham stopped. Don’t ask me why we launched Liverpool before Leeds & Manchester.||2003: Move into offices in Newcastle city centre and within a year move to offices on Chilligham Road in Heaton. New Student Ltd set up to publish the newspapers.||2004: Last post for the Manchester edition. Tony Antoniou joins as the papers first full time designer.|
|2005: Tony’s last edition before starting his new job at a top advertising agency. The last edition published from Chillingham Road – we move to new offices on Addycombe Terrace.||2006: Door-to-door distribution added in Leeds, Newcastle & Sheffield. We are the first student press in the UK to distribute door-to-door. Gemma Martin starts as our new designer.|
|2007: The last year for the newspaper format (left). The new magazine format (right) proves a hit in Liverpool and we move to roll out this to the other three cities.||2007: Liverpool door-to-door distribution starts. New Student title is dropped from the magazine, as it does not fit the new compact size.|
|2008: Magazine format rolled out to all 4 cities. The higher quality paper and handy format proves a huge success. John Luke joins as our new designer. Kieran O’Moore joins to help with sales and admin.||2009: 10 years of Des Res Magazine – we celebrate with a cake on the front cover. John Luke leaves to set up his own design company (he now works for Apple at the Newcastle store).||2010: Hannah Walker beats a field of 39 applicants to get the job as our new full time designer. A sad day after 12 years these are the Last editions of the magazine to be printed by Yorkshire Web.|
|2011: The brand new glossy high quality print format. Hannah’s last edition as she heads off to London. Kieran leaves to take up a new job as a letting agent at Property Quarters. The Leeds edition goes VAT FREE.||2011 – 2012: 14th Year of publishing student housing magazines. Liverpool, Newcastle & Sheffield magazines go VAT FREE. Production and sales move to Causey Street Gosforth. John Haxon takes over the design of the magazine, with Jacqui Lyon and Louise Brown taking over advertising Sales and Emma Parker joining the team to head up Web Development.|