The coronavirus pandemic has made it a strange time to begin a new adventure, but you (and Mum and Dad!) can be sure we’ve made Dundee’s affordable student accommodation Covid-safe.

The Perth-based fundraiser, Oliver Niven-Smith is planning to complete the gruelling journey, completely on his own, to raise money for the Scottish based charity, Mary’s Meals. The organisation, which was set up to provide a solution to World hunger, and today provides meals to over 1,500,000 school children in some of the poorest nations in the World.

The very first students are due to move into Kingsway Apartments this week, with over 140 new residents taking over the keys to their newly-refurbished accommodation for the upcoming term.

For many of our students, it will be their first experience of living away from home, and although there may be some anxiety about starting university, it’s usually a time of great excitement. For parents though, this milestone moment can come with mixed emotions. How parents deal with the moment of detachment from their precious young person, depends a lot on their personality.

On moving-in day at Kingsway Apartments, which parent-type will you be dealing with?

The overly emotional ones

These parents have probably been dreading this day for months. They can’t imagine life without you at home, or how on earth you will cope without them. When it’s time for them to leave they’ll cling to you, crying inconsolably. They’ll text you every ten minutes, expect a call home every night and will spend the entire term stalking your social media for updates.

The super organised ones

Everything has been packed and labelled for weeks… with lists and instructions covering every possible eventuality. Thanks to these parents, you’ll quickly become the go-to person whenever your flatmates need a corkscrew, a colander or a first aid kit.

The embarrassing ones

As far as these parents are concerned, they never left college. Your dad still thinks he’s got his finger on the pulse of today’s music scene, and has looked out his old band T-shirts for the trip. They’re delighted to be reliving their youth, but you die inside every time your mum tries to give someone a high five.

The reminiscent ones

These guys are convinced that their uni experience has set the standard. Every sentence starts with “When I was at uni…” However, they’ll be astounded by your clean, bright accommodation and modern facilities. “It was never like this in my day, you don’t know how lucky you are.”

The ‘got our lives back’ ones

These parents are happy to see you settled, and won’t be prolonging their goodbyes. Rather than mourning their ‘empty nest’ these folks are looking forward to relinquishing responsibility. They’ve got their cruise to the Far East booked and already have plans to convert your bedroom into an en-suite.

The obsessively hygienic ones

Sleeves rolled up and mop in hand, these parents arrive in a cloud of bleach and anti-bacterial spray. They’re fully expecting to have to scour every surface before anything can be unpacked, but they’ll be delighted by the ready-to-move-in condition of your new accommodation. They might even accept a cup of tea from the kitchen without having to boil the mug first.

The sociable ones

Arriving with pizza and drinks for the whole floor, these guys are everyone’s friend, and they know you’ll have no bother settling in either. Your dad is already chatting to the pretty girl across the hall, and mum has got the party started in the kitchen. You’re hoping they leave before she starts dancing, though.

Property and investment firm Carling Property Group has entered the student accommodation market with the acquisition of Alloway Halls, formerly owned by Abertay University. The Dundee-based company is to turn the halls of residence into affordable student housing, with rents at a lower rate than when the University owned them.

Announcing the news, owner Graeme Carling invited John Alexander, Convenor of Neighborhood Services, to view the property, now called Kingsway Apartments. The price for the halls, which are already taking tenants, is £80 per week.

With more than two decades in property development and investment, Graeme and wife Leanne are now Scotland’s largest private residential landlords and are making a name for themselves in delivering quality affordable private sector housing to the Scottish rental market.

Graeme Carling, co-founder of Carling Property Group along with Leanne, said:

“There is a distinct shortage of quality, affordable housing in Scotland, including in the student market. We believe our acquisition of Alloway Halls and the rental rates we are setting will go a little way to addressing that issue in Dundee.

“We had a number of ideas for what to do with the property, but then spotted a gap in the market for good accommodation for students that is not outside of their reach financially. We’re excited to be dipping our toe into the student market.”

John Alexander added:

“Demand for decent, affordable housing in Scotland is at an all-time high, and with reports showing that demand is outstripping supply, it’s heartening to see investors like the Carlings trying to fill a much-needed gap. The Kingsway Apartments project is proof that quality needn’t be compromised in return for affordability.”

Carling Property Group owns and manages 350 rental properties all over Scotland with most in the Dundee and Arbroath area. The company is on course to increase its portfolio to 1,000 properties within the next five years.

To find out more about Carling Property Group visit

Dundee property and investment firm Carling Property Group has this week confirmed the acquisition of Alloway Halls in Dundee from Abertay University in a seven figure deal that sees them take the lead as Scotland’s largest independent residential landlord.

The 148 tenancies secured in the purchase of the building, takes Carling Property Group’s portfolio to over 350 properties making them the biggest independent group in Scotland and one of the biggest in the UK.

The Group last year took the award for Most Outstanding Affordable Housing Provider in the UK 2015 at the UK Over 50s Housing Awards and this latest addition to their portfolio puts them firmly on track to own 1000 properties within the next 5 years.

Graeme Carling, co-founder of Carling Property Group, commented:

“We are delighted to have successfully acquired Alloway Halls from the University of Abertay who were an absolute pleasure to deal with. This is a significant purchase for our business and is part of a multi-million pound plan for the site. There’s a tangible shortage of quality affordable housing in Scotland, and a collection of well-maintained properties like this will help us to plug that gap.

“The residential property investment market is a volatile landscape for small operators at the moment and, with the introduction of new tax changes, investment in this sector will undoubtedly become increasingly difficult. As a sustainable business with the intent to provide affordable housing at our core, Carling Property Group believe scale is vitally important to ensuring the future of affordable housing in the UK providing good quality and value for tenants and we’re well on track to achieving those aims.”

Situated to the north of Dundee, Alloway Halls were built by the University in the 1980s and enjoy excellent views of the Sidlaw Hills with easy access to the main travel routes in to and out of the city centre. They were refurbished by the University in recent years and, as well as the student accommodation blocks of which there are three, the purchase also includes two on-site three-bedroomed caretakers’ bungalows.

The deal was part financed by The Bank of Scotland, and overseen by McVey and Murricane in Glasgow, one of Scotland’s largest conveyancing practices.

To find out more about Carling Property Group visit