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Aston Student Homes (ASH) is owned and managed by Aston Students’ Union and is endorsed by Aston University. ASH is the official Students’ Union accommodation support service set up for the mutual benefit of private landlords/agents and Aston students. ASH is not a Lettings Agency and we do not ‘match up’ students with landlords.

However, students are referred to us for all queries relating to accommodation. We advertise a whole range of accommodation including large city developments, traditional houses, self-contained flats/studios, rooms in shared properties, short-term accommodation and homestay properties.

Our aim is to offer a wide choice and to help Aston University students in Birmingham to find good quality private accommodation.

 

MALCOLM LAWRIE
Accommodation Services Manager

Malcolm arrived at Aston as a fresher to study Biology in September 1975.  In 1979 he was elected as V.P. Welfare.  After his year as VPW, he spent 12 months working for the University’s Physical Recreation Department coaching sport, teaching swimming and lifesaving in the then newly redeveloped Woodcock Street Sports Centre.

During his final year and term of office as VPW Malcolm started a short-life housing project with the local authority in the Aston / Witton areas.   That ultimately led to the acquisition and development of Aston Brook Green by Midland Heart Housing Association with Aston Students' Union becoming the managing agents.  He saw this through to its completion and in 1981 Malcolm was appointed as the Union’s Housing Manager to look after Aston Brook Green.   More information about this unique housing project can be found HERE.  In 2017 Malcolm took on the management of the Aston Student Homes Office and his title changed to Accommodation Services Manager.

Highly involved with the Hockey Club whilst a student, Malcolm was a senior selector and Team Manager for the English Universities’ Men’s Hockey Teams in the 80s and 90s.   He has now turned to the ‘dark side’ and enjoys supporting his school’s former pupils’ rugby team – Silhillians RUFC.   Malcolm’s other hobbies include golf, gardening and DIY.

Malcolm is the longest-serving member of staff in the Union with nearly 40 years of service under his belt.

Tel: 0121 359 6750  Email: Click HERE

 

SAM SUAREZ
Aston Students Homes Co-ordinator

Sam graduated with a BSc in Dental Sciences in 2008.  She realised that she didn’t want to pursue a career in dentistry and so started working here at Aston.  Fortunately for us, she hasn’t looked back since.

She first started working at Aston University in 2009 for the Enabling Team as a Student Support Worker. Within a few months, she started working on Reception in the Advice & Representation Centre at Aston Students’ Union.  As part of her role, she liaised with local accommodation providers to maintain a database of landlords for students and also helped students with all sorts of issues including academic, money and housing issues.

She is now responsible for coordinating Aston Student Homes and is excited to be able to focus solely on this project alongside Gill Clark.  Sam works hard to foster good relations with local landlords, agents and hall providers as well as supporting students with house hunting and a whole range of housing problems.  Sam thoroughly enjoys supporting students throughout their accommodation journey so that they can have the best accommodation experience possible whilst studying here at Aston.  Sam loves organising events such as Housing Fairs and Find a Flatmate.

In her spare time, Sam enjoys dancing, reading, caring for her family and socialising with her friends

Tel: 0121 204 4893   Email: click HERE

 

GILL CLARK
Aston Students Homes Co-ordinator

Gill graduated from Aston with a BSc in Modern Languages (French and German) in 1981 and then worked in store management for Marks & Spencer until she had her family.  Gill couldn’t, however, stay away from Aston and came back to work in the Students’ Union in 1997 as Student Activities Co-ordinator.  She spent the next 15 years working closely with clubs and societies and loved every minute.  She opted for a new challenge in 2012 and moved ‘over the link bridge’ to Student Recruitment in the University working with prospective students instead of current ones.

When the opportunity to return to the Union arose, Gill jumped at the chance to work alongside Sam in Aston Student Homes. Although housing is a new area for Gill, she has over 20 years’ experience of working with students.  She has a solid understanding of issues affecting young people and great empathy for students as they juggle all aspects of their lives, many away from home for the first time.  Having three children who all went to university and lived away from home has further improved Gill’s understanding of housing matters.

When not at work, Gill enjoys travelling, reading, spending time with her family and loves animals.

Tel: 0121 204 4893   Email: click HERE