New site design with improved usability
HudLets is the Huddersfield University Students' Union letting agency, providing houses, flats and halls for the town's ever-increasing student population, ensuring they have access to high-quality accommodation at fair prices. HudLets provides support to a number of landlords and offers a range of properties across the town.
HudLets required a new website that displayed all of their available properties, and allowed students to search by size, price and location. The design had to be in-keeping with their existing branding, integrate with their property database, and provide a content management system (CMS) for multiple users to maintain, populate and manage the site.
What We Did
We created a clean, bold and minimalist site design, focusing on picturesque images of Huddersfield University and the surrounding area to both help sell the university to prospective students and highlight the letting agency's ties with the union. HudLets had an existing brand and logo that we built upon to create the look and feel of the site, taking the colours and sharp angles and incorporating these heavily into the design. HudLets were very keen to differentiate between their two main offerings – halls and houses – so we modified the user journey for each one to make the two separate sections distinct.
The site was built in Wordpress, and as such features a full CMS for HudLets' staff. We also created an XML feed to link with the client's existing letting system to effectively auto-update the site as they added and removed properties from their database. We added a detail view and a Google Maps-based search tool to the property listings, as well as a map and street view on each individual property page.
Each property features social sharing buttons for Facebook, Twitter, email and more to let current and prospective students easily share properties they are interested in with friends and family, as well as an integrated form to enquire directly about a specific house or flat. The property pages themselves are very minimal, showing all the information as clearly as possible, and incorporating a simple image gallery.
Keeping things simple for new students who have never found their own accommodation before was one of our goals with the design, and the finished site is clear and easy to use.
As fellow Huddersfield locals, we built up a great working relationship with HudLets, and will continue to support them in the future!