House hunting in Bradford 2017-The Story So Far

14/08/2017

Take your pick of quality student homes available through Unipol

Unipol launched the largest number of accredited bed spaces in one place for the students of Bradford on Monday 6th February. You are able to compare all types of properties in different areas and shortlist your favourites from the comfort of your sofa - our website is fully compatible with smartphones, tablets, laptop and desktops.

 

House Hunting Launch

Students were given an early access invitation to view the Unipol website two days before the launch of house hunting on 6th February 2017. The May tabloid and the updated House Hunting Guides are being delivered to students in Halls and off-street houses to help them make an informed choice of accommodation.

The story so far

The site remains busy with 9,826 property searches and 15,928 adverts viewed so far in 2017. Since the start of house hunting on 6th February up to the end of July there have been 5,127 visits with 3,240 being unique. Use of the website via a mobile phone has increased by over 5% on last year.

House hunting 2017 started strongly, it is expected there will be a further surge in interest following the summer break, as students will wait until they are due to return to Bradford before finding their next home. Going into the summer period there will be interest from International & Erasmus students who require accommodation.

Bradford Students Summer Survey - May 2017

In May 2017 we carried out one of our regular surveys in Bradford to ascertain where students are choosing to live, who they are living with, how they go about house hunting and their knowledge of the Code. Below is a brief summary of the results.

90.9% of participants study at University of Bradford, with 9.1% at Bradford College.

Nearly half (43.2%) were in their 2nd year of study, with 20.5% in Year 1, 25% in Year 3 and 6.8% postgraduates.

Accommodation

Cost of accommodation was rated as ‘Very important’ for 54.5% of participants, with 13.6% deciding that cost was not important.

27.3% of students live in purpose built private student halls, 25% live in flats or apartments and 20.5% live in a shared house with friends.

Most people live with 4 other people (27.3%) followed by 5 others (18.2%). 13.6% of participants live alone.

Of those asked, 27.3% said that there was room(s) unoccupied in the property. When asked how many rooms are vacant, 1 bedroom was the most common response.

75% of participants paid a deposit. 0 Participants paid both a deposit and an admin fee.

75.8% were not sure who their deposit was protected with and 81.8% expected to get their deposit back. Of those who did not expect to get their deposit back, reasons included ‘My property is unclean’, ‘Landlords always keep deposits’ and ‘Unpaid rent’.

House hunting

47.7% of participants had not found accommodation for the next year. When asked when they will start looking the results were: Now (61.4%), June (11.4%), July (15.9%), August (4.5%) and September (6.8%).

The Unipol Code

13.6% of participants were not with a Unipol Code landlord.

70.5% of participants had to report a problem to a landlord this year, with 72.7% of those saying they responded quickly. 75% rated the quality of their response as Good or Excellent.

The best selection of quality student homes available

Unipol has the largest number of accredited bed spaces in one place for the students of Bradford.  Compare all types of properties in different areas and shortlist your favourites from the comfort of your sofa - our website is fully compatible with smartphones, tablets, laptop and desktops.  

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