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The rise of private student accommodation has been rapid over the past decade, with the sector now making up 50% of the entire market. Considering how ingrained the traditional university-owned hall of residence is in the student consciousness, this is an impressive feat.

We have previously outlined how the scale of this change represents a ‘handing over’ of responsibility for university accommodation to private developers, and how 2019 is likely to see record breaking statistics

What makes private student accommodation so popular?

The minister for universities, Chris Skidmore, has issued a firm warning to student landlords who are providing poor accommodation to their tenants, stating that ‘time is up’ for them and that they need to improve the living standards of their accommodation or face being taken to court.

Speaking to students, the minister believed that there are too many rogue landlords ‘exploiting’ students by not fulfilling their responsibilities and providing accommodation that doesn’t meet…

Universities minister warns rogue landlord to up their standards or face legal action

The growth of private student accommodation is one of the biggest changes to the university experience in the last decade. These purpose-built student rental homes have pushed up living standards for students and helped to regenerate town and city centres across the UK.

A recent survey from the National Union of Students (NUS) demonstrates the extraordinary growth of the sector, finding that the split of student accommodation between universities and the private sector is now 50/50.…

Private student accommodation makes up 50% of the market

The UK is home to some of the world’s best higher education institutions, revered by academics globally for their contribution to research.

Not only do universities make a huge contribution academically, though, they also create jobs, help geographically disperse talent across the regions, boost local economies and nurture innovation.

To encourage this, the government has announced a new £10m cash injection to help strengthen the relationship between local businesses and…

Universities to partner with local business in order to drive UK economy forward

Rental growth in the UK student accommodation sector has been positive in the 2018/19 academic year, according to Knight Frank’s UK Student Housing: Rental Update 2018/19.

The headline statistic is that rental growth across the UK student accommodation market was 2.26% for 2018/19. This is slightly down on the figure of 2.55% growth recorded for 2017/18, but overall it is only a small decline in the rate of growth. Overall the market is still growing strongly – and that is despite…

Positive growth in student accommodation rents