2016 - Trends and statistics for the last letting year


Website Activity

Start Date and Early Activity

House hunting for returners for the academic year (2016 - 2017) commenced on Saturday 23rd January 2016.  

Over the first 5 days of house hunting 40,000 website searches were carried out, with 4,324 of these being conducted as a direct result of a preview link sent to students signed up to a priority email list for early access to the listings.  158,014 adverts have been viewed and there were over 20,709 visits (sessions) of which 10.843 were unique.  Up to the end of January 2016 activity was up across all the usage indicators when compared with the same period in 2015.  

How the year progressed

Property searches were up on 2015, with 249,473 undertaken across the year compared to 206,606. Adverts views were also strong at 821,812 since the start of house hunting. Visits (sessions) are higher than last year at 138,589 with 81,164 unique.

Many students have used the email facility through the website to request viewings. To date 9,838 such requests have been made compared to 8,001 book a viewing requests sent in 2015.

More students than ever before are accessing the website through their mobile phones. 29.60% of all property searches are conducted via a mobile phone, compared to 22.18% in 2015. 

Looking forward

Activity is starting to pick up from enquiries about next academic year and students are being advised to hold off their house hunting until the official start date on 21st January 2017. 

Clearing 2016

Universities and Colleges in Leeds opened clearing 18 August 2016. This saw activity on the website grow significantly as students who were offered places looked to secure accommodation. 

At the 2nd September 42,580 students had been placed through clearing. Over 500,000 students have been placed overall and this is a 1% increase on 2015.  The Clearing process has become very competitive with universities showing their commitment to confirm students as quickly as possible.

Early indications that the University of Leeds had done well through clearing and converted their conditional offers to real students was true.  Leeds Beckett University did not fare as well,  maintaining their intake but experiencing significant voids in their accommodation portfolio.   At our annual briefing for accredited landlords held in December 2016 all the updated information on the universities intakes was shared along with other important market information both national and local.  If you are an accredited landlord you can view the latest briefing online through your landlord dashboard.

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 Leeds

(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 student population in Leeds was up last year on 2014-2015 by 900. The bulk of this was recruitmet by the University of Leeds, which saw a 3.17% increase across UG and PG students combined.

At postgraduate level against the national trend, the University of Leeds has grown its profile, albeit moderately and with a significant dip in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 – the strong performance in the most recent year (2015-2016) is instrumental in the continued success of the institution.

Leeds full-time enrolments 2010-11 – 2015-16 (HESA)
Institution Level 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
Leeds Beckett University UG 17,940 19,075 17,800 17,610 17,330 17,330
  PG 1,760 1,850 1,325 1,395 1,510 1,390
  Total 19,700 20,925 19,125 19,005 18,840 18,720
University of Leeds UG 22,595 23,085 22,425 22,320 22,270 22,995
  PG 5,295 5,490 4,370 4,950 5,455 5,610
  Total 27,890 28,575 26,795 27,270 27,725 28,605
Leeds Trinity University UG 2,505 2,590 2,575 2,675 2,710 2,815
  PG 215 170 180 185 280 315
  Total 2,720 2,760 2,755 2,860 2,990 3,130
Overall Leeds TOTAL   50,310 52,260 48,675 49,135 49,555 50,455









UCAS Analysis

  • Intake for Leeds institutions for the 2015-2016 year through UCAS are as follows:
    • University of Leeds: 7,390 (7,150 in 2015)
    • Leeds Trinity University: 1,105 (1,140 in 2015)
    • Leeds Beckett University: 6,395 (7,145 in 2015 and 7,560 in 2014)
    • Leeds College of Art: 540 (570 in 2015) 
  • The University of Leeds continue to do well in recruiting one year international postgraduates and are likely to be up by 250 students
  • Leeds Beckett University has declined again for the fourth year running, almost falling to its lowest level of 6,265 in 2012.  From 7,345 students recruited in 2013 there has been a 13% decline in student numbers    
  • The non-continuation rate remains low at the University of Leeds but is above average at both Leeds Trinity and Leeds Beckett universities.  The non-continuation rate measures those student who drop out of university, most of these are seen in the first year of study.
  • Both the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University are housing less returning students, down 16% and 40% respectively.
  • The surplus in student housing for this academic year is expected to be approximately 2,500 bed spaces.
For more information please contact Nicola Brown, the Assistant Chief Executive - Housing Hub Services