House Hunting in Bradford 2016 - trends and statistics from the last letting year


Start Date and Early Activity

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

Over the first week of house hunting 1,046 website searches were carried out and 1,774 adverts have been viewed.  There were over 525 visits (sessions) of which 338 were unique. Up to the end of February 2016 activity remained steady across all indicators when compared with the same period in 2015.  

How the year progressed

Property searches were slightly down on on 2015, with 15,660 undertaken across the year compared to 15,704. Visits (sessions) were also slightly down on 2015 at 9,278 with 6,294 unique.

Many students have used the email facility through the website to request viewings. 304 such requests have been made compared to 294 book a viewing requests sent in 2015.

More students than ever before are accessing the website through their mobile phones. 25.21% of all property searches are conducted via a mobile phone, compared to 24.27% in 2015.

House hunting for the next academic year (2017 - 2018) commenced on Monday 6th February 2017.  

The National Picture

Round-up of the 2016/2017 cycle

A record 535,200 were placed in higher education through UCAS in 2016, up by half a per cent on a like-for-like basis, as both applicants and acceptance rates increase. The increase in acceptances is a result of a higher acceptance rate as the applicant rate remained unchanged.  

The figures below are as of the UCAS report published in December 2016 unless otherwise stated.

Key observations:

  • Acceptances through clearing increased to the highest on record (up by 0.8% on the 2015 cycle)
  • Acceptances from the EU increase by 7% to 31,400
  • Acceptances from outside the EU fell for the first time since 2011 by 2.3% to 38,300
  • Acceptances from the UK increase to record 465,500 driven by 18 and 19 year olds
  • 43% of English young people enter higher education by age 19, the highest ever level
  • Providers increase offer-making by 1.2% to a record 1.9 million offers
  • Increase of 1.8% in applicants placed through Clearing taking total to record 64,900

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. 

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 2015-2016 (always a year behind UCAS figures) have just been made available.

Overall, the full-time HE student population in Bradford was down for the last academic year on 2010-2011 by -18%. This was in both UG and PG enrollment, down 14% and 44% respectively between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016 (latest figures available from HESA, February 2017). 

Bradford full-time enrolments 2010-11 – 2014-15 (Source: HESA)
Institution Level 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
University of Bradford UG 8,920 9,580 9,160 8,815 8,025 7,660
  PG 1,375 1,135 1,040 855 860 775
  Total 10,295 10,715 10,200 9,670 8,885 8,435








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 and just 435 in 2016, a 52% decline.

The latest UCAS figures for the University of Bradford's intake in 2016 signifies a further decline, albeit only by 25 students to 2,540.  However this is the lowest intake for at least 10 years and sits alongside a declining share of the postgraduate market.

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