A report recently published by Unipol claims that by the 2016-17 academic year student numbers in Nottingham are set to fall by 2,422 (4.8%), while there are 4,590 more bed spaces in purpose built accommodation.
In their analysis of properties in Nottingham, Unipol found that there were 2,890 bed spaces still vacant in Nottingham in October in 2011; double the amount of spaces in 2008.
Homes in the popular student area, Lenton, are found to have been left empty, with Unipol research showing that student numbers in the areas of Lenton, West Bridgford, The Meadows and St Ann’s have reduced significantly between 2008 and 2012.
“At the moment there are fewer students than there used to be with more accommodation available”.
Martin Blakey, Chief Executive of Unipol says: “At the moment there are fewer students than there used to be with more accommodation available”.
He further maintains: “This increased choice should see student housing standards improve but students leaving houses represents a planning challenge for the City as houses move from student accommodation into other housing uses”.
In recent years, students seem to have been moving more into the city centre, which has seen a significant increase of students from 5,210 in 2008, to 9,988 in 2012.
“This increased choice should see student housing standards improve but students leaving houses represents a planning challenge for the City.”
Robert Monk, chairman of Mortar Developments, said they were being encouraged by the council to increase purpose built student accommodation. Mr Monk says it is all part of students’ changing tastes.
As Executive Assistant for Housing, Councillor Alex Ball says: “The research shows that we have been successful in encouraging purpose-built accommodation, since far more family housing would have been converted to HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation) without it”.
Research – Grace Cabell
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