We bumped into UniSalad founder Rebecca De Beukelaer at Leeds University Freshers Fair, where she explained a little about their community app, creating a safe online space for students to connect with each other.
UniSalad is a student-only community and marketplace which enables students to connect with other from the same university and fulfil everyday needs.
Each university has their own platform and users have to register with a valid student email address to join their university app version.
The app is made up of 5 sections:
• Uni Chat: Post questions, recommendations and stories, and catch up on the latest campus chat.
• Buy & Sell: Buy and sell tickets, books, bikes and everything in between for free.
• Lost & Found: Reunite yourself with your lost belongings, or ﬂag something you found.
• Housing: Advertise your spare room, or ﬁnd yourself a new student pad.
• Travel: Share lifts and sell second-hand train or bus tickets.
The exclusivity of the app makes it a secure place for students to connect with others safely without fear of scamming, fake accounts or identity theft which is often experienced on other public platforms which are currently used by university students. UniSalad plans to combat this, is quick and easy to use, and best of all, it’s free to download and use!
The app started as a Facebook Group in 2013 which connected students from the University of Nottingham. In 5 years, it grew to over 37,000 users with thousands of posts weekly. As it became so large, the Facebook platform showed limitations to the group’s potential, and its founder decided to transform the group into something more secure, easy to use and valuable to students.
UniSalad launched in January 2019, and currently has over 8,800 users, is growing daily with continuous activity. It is currently available to Nottingham, Leeds, Sheﬃeld and Cardiff Universities.
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Watch out for Oxjam Leeds Music Festival 2019 in the Leeds UniSalad app, and tell your friends about all of the great live music we’ve got lined up for October 12th and 13th, raising money for Oxfam Great Britain, to help bring better futures to people around the world.