Every year millions of people leave their home country and move to a foreign land for work, education, and business. But today as a result of an unprecedented – “COVID-19 pandemic“, everything including people’s lives, their businesses, and their very livelihoods have turned upside down. And one of the most affected ones are the university students!
Most of the students in their accommodation are international students; hence the fear currently amongst them is really high. And for accommodation providers right now, the priority is to make sure the students who are living in their accommodations are safe, current and future bookings are secondary priorities.
What is Amber
AmberStudent.com or Amber is South-east Asia’s largest student accommodation platform helping students in their search of accommodation all across the globe.
Saurabh Goel, CEO at AmberStudent comments “Our company was founded on core values; trust and support and our values are consistent. Even during a crisis such as this, our team at Amber remains focused on helping students find a secure place even as we deal with a global level pandemic.”
How do they help?
The process of booking accommodation from Amber is quite easy- students can provide accommodation preferences like distance from the university, bedroom types, security, budget, etc. The agents then get in touch with the students through email, voice call & even WhatsApp, by whatever mode of communication the student is comfortable with. Agents then send the list of the properties which fulfil their criteria and send listings accordingly. Amber then shows all the properties to the students according to their preferences – If students like the accommodation, Amber helps them to proceed further. The service is absolutely free, which means that the student does not need to pay any brokerage at all.
Amber’s take on Corona:
Amber is committed to helping students through these unpredictable situations, and our relentless commitment towards our students is stronger than ever. Supporting and serving a community of more than 1M+ across the globe since its establishment in 2016, AmberStudent has helped millions of international students find their “Home away from home” around 100+ cities and near renowned universities.
Saurab Goel, CEO of Amberstudent :
“These are testing times for us all, but we at Amber, firmly believe, that with a little bit of trust and cooperation, we can get through this together!
What Amber is doing for students:
- They’ve rolled out enhanced cancellation policies for our students for free.
- They have introduced a 24/7 quick help to assist our international students.
- They are providing periodic updates and awareness regarding the situation via email/ social media.
- They’re vigorously combating price gouging to help protect students, help ensure fair pricing, and tackle those attempting to make a profit off the COVID-19 crisis.
- They are continually active to spread awareness through our social media channels. (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter)
- They are also creatively trying to interact with every registered student.
What Amber is doing for employees
Amber is focused on the health and safety of its employees. All of the employees at Amber have been encouraged to work from home.
Saurabh Goel, CEO at AmberStudent, proudly says:
“We have a highly dedicated workforce, and every team-members typically work efficiently, this shift has been comparatively smooth, and we continue to deliver the highest levels of performance, availability, and assistance. During this time, we will continue to assist our international students who aspire to study abroad and all our partners who are an essential part of our family.”
- The company is ensuring the health and safety of its team.
- They’ve been practising enhanced cleaning and social distancing measures.
- They’re rolling out protective gear such as sanitizers at all of the places in the working space, temperature checks.
Future Plans of Amber:
In regards to studying abroad, universities are finding out various ways to provide aid for international students. It is estimated that the curve for international students studying abroad would be less for a few months.
Amber has geared for some fluctuations in the number of international students for these couple of months.
Last year where it catered around 50000 international students, the company is expecting 2x growth every year.
CEO Saurabh Goel comments:
“There might be few ups and downs this year due to the pandemic, but we are expecting the situation to settle down in the coming few months, and we can expect good growth numbers this year as well!”