Broadband is Top Priority

For the first time, students have rated internet access above location as their top priority when looking for accommodation.

The National Student Housing Survey looked at attitudes of 15,490 students from over 120 universities. The results of the survey show that 90% of students rate good internet access as a very important factor, 85% put value for money as their priority but just 75% make location their number one reason for choosing accommodation.

The most negative factors in students’ experience are getting repairs done on time, noise levels and lack of both recycling and environmental facilities. Cooking and laundry facilities plus decent toilets scored highly in factors which impact on the quality of residents’ day-to-day experience. Lack of fridge space was the number one complaint in all types of accommodation.

The survey also revealed that anyone looking for accommodation for the following academic year usually begins their search in November. This is the case in Oxford where agencies aim to release their student lists before the colleges begin their break for Christmas. Half of the students searching for private rentals consider three or more rental properties before making their choice, whilst 4% of students look at 10 or more before deciding. College and County aim to save students time by encouraging and helping students to compile a shortlist of three through information on their website before making appointments to view.

Mark Crampton Smith of College and County said “Student accommodation remains a thriving business, but those Landlords who will continue to succeed in this market will be those who listen to their tenants and respond effectively”.

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