House Hunting in Bradford - the story so far


House hunting for the next academic year (2016 - 2017) commenced on Monday 8th February 2016.  

Latest activity

Since the start of house hunting on Monday 8th February, over 15,866 property searches have been carried out and over 31,697 adverts have been viewed (up to 16th January 2017). Between 1 January and 30th December there have been 9,278 visits (sessions) of which 6,294 were unique. 

Over 32% of visits to the website are now made via a handheld device.  Most searches so far have been for properties close to the University, in Great Horton or the city centre.

Clearing began on 18 August 2016. Universities and Colleges in Bradford have opened clearing. This has seen activity on the website grow significantly as students who are offered places look to secure accommodation. International students are now arriving into Bradford, many have not yet secured their accommodation.

Website activity remained high throughout October.

Following clearing over 467,530 students have been placed overall and this is a 3% increase on 2015 indicating the competitive nature of the clearing process and universities commitment to confirm students as quickly as possible.


Availability of properties

The site is displaying 419 bed spaces giving students plenty of choice.  

The National Picture

UPDATE on Applicants for the 2016/2017 cycle

University and college applicant numbers have risen by only 0.2% with 5,593,720 people applying. UK applicant numbers (495,940) have decreased slightly (-0.3%), due to fewer English applicants. There is a 2.2% decline in the UK 18 year old population this year, and while applicant numbers from this age group have increased (+1%), growth is smaller than in recent cyclesEU applicants (excluding UK) increased by 6% compared to the previous cycle, to 45,220. 

Round-up of the 2015/2016 cycle

A record 532,300 were placed in higher education through UCAS in 2015, up by 3 per cent on a like-for-like basis, as both applicants and acceptance rates increase. The increase in acceptances is a result of an increase in applicants (2.7 per cent to 718,500) and an increase in the acceptance rate (the proportion of applicants who are placed by the end of the cycle), by 0.9 percentage points to 74.1 per cent. This is a larger increase in the acceptance rate than last cycle and one of the largest increases seen since 2006. 

The figures below are as of the UCAS report published in December 2015 unless otherwise stated.

Key observations:

  • Acceptances from the EU increase by 11% to 29,300
  • Acceptances from outside the EU increase by 1.9% to 39,300
  • Acceptances from the UK increase to record 463,700 driven by 18 and 19 year olds
  • 42% of English young people enter higher education by age 19
  • Providers increase offer-making by 4.5% to a record 1.9 million offers
  • Increase of 5% in applicants placed through Clearing taking total to record 64,000

These are national figures and do not represent an individual institution's ability to recruit - there are always winners and losers as the market place continues to stratify. 

This intake period saw the first year of the removal of student number controls  at HEFCE-funded institutions. 

In Bradford

(Sources: HESA and UCAS)

Although it is useful to compare the current year with the previous year it is also important to look at trends across a number of years to get a better idea of the trajectory a city and its institutions are taking.  HESA figures are particularly useful in this respect and the latest figures 2014-2015 (always a year behind UCAS figures) have just been made available.

Overall, the full-time HE student population in Bradford was down last year on 2010-2011 by some 1,410 (-14%). This was in both UG and PG enrollment, down 10% and 37% respectively between 2010-2011 and 2014-2015 (latest figures available from HESA, February 2016) 

Bradford full-time enrolments 2010-11 – 2014-15 (HESA)
Institution Level 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
University of Bradford UG 8,920 9,580 9,160 8,815 8,025
  PG 1,375 1,135 1,040 855 860
  Total 10,295 10,715 10,200 9,670 8,885







No figures are available for Bradford College through HESA, but it is known that it continues to struggle to resist significant and sustained decline in HE numbers.  It's acceptance figures through UCAS over the last 5 years shows this decline with 905 students accepted in 2011-2016 and just 580 in 2015-2016, a 36% decline.

The University of Bradford continues to face long-term decline in its student population across all levels and domiciles.

For more information please contact Nicola Brown, the Assistant Chief Executive - Housing Hub Services