Bristol-based utilities scale-up The Bunch has partnered with StuRents, the UK’s largest student accommodation search platform, to provide users with all-inclusive utility packages directly through its site.

Founded by then-student Elliott Herrod-Taylor in 2017, The Bunch consolidates household bills into one monthly payment for students, helping to ease the stress around paying bills at university as well as granting individual liability for tenants – which means if one housemate doesn’t pay, the others aren’t responsible. You can find out more about the startup in our interview here.

The business, which works with Bristol-based agents including Digs and Abode, is partnering with StuRents alongside utilities and bill splitting company Glide.

Expanding services

Adding to a number of existing tenancy management services already integrated into the platform, the partnership will enable property managers and tenants using StuRents to take advantage of 100% renewable electricity and carbon offset gas energy tariffs, as well as high-speed broadband and water.

Tenants will benefit from the simplicity of a single monthly bill comprising all the utilities commonly used by occupiers, resulting in a smoother and more efficient customer experience, safe in the knowledge that they are helping the fight against climate change by reducing their carbon footprint.

The new functionality adds to a broad range of services already available on the StuRents platform, including market-leading online contract signing and rent collection, referencing, deposit protection, and more.

Tom Walker, Director, StuRents, comments, “The fact that both Glide and The Bunch offer sustainable energy tariffs was one of the key considerations for StuRents – we wanted to encourage our customers to make environmentally friendly choices with the help of our platform.

“In addition, both of our new partners will be able to offer competitively priced utility packages, which we expect to appeal to students. Introducing this new functionality will help eliminate the frustration often associated with handling multiple bills, making a transition to independent living a lot easier for many people.”

Elliott Herrod-Taylor, Founder, The Bunch, adds, “The Bunch was set up precisely so that university students can better navigate the world of utilities, through the offer of more competitive prices and a simpler way of managing household bills. We are thrilled to be working with StuRents and hope our service will make a difference to the day-to-day lives of its users across the country.”

Alex Back, Sales & Marketing Director, Glide, says, “By integrating Glide into the StuRents sign-up journey, we are now able to help more property managers offer an all-inclusive rental package, which, as a result, will make life easier for students and give them more time to focus on their studies.”