2016 - Trends and statistics for the last letting year

04/01/2017

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

UPDATE on Applicants for the 2016/2017 cycle (latest report 28 April 2016): University and college applicant numbers are marginally down with 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 cycles. However this does show a rise in age participation.  EU applicants (excluding UK) increased by 6% compared to the previous cycle, to 45,220. Applicant from outside the UK have also increased by 2% to 39,250.

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. Unlike other Russell Group members, the University of Leeds has not been able to capitalise on the removal of the student numbers cap, suffering a four per cent erosion of its home profile.

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 2014-2015 (always a year behind UCAS figures) have just been made available.

Overall, the full-time student population in Leeds was down last year on 2010-2011 by some 750. The bulk of this was in undergraduates lost by Leeds Beckett University, while the University of Leeds achieved broadly level figures with some fluctuations along the way, not least in international recruitment.

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 (2014-2015) is instrumental in the recovery of the institution’s position.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Intake for Leeds institutions for the 2015-2016 year through UCAS are as follows:
    • University of Leeds: 7,150 (6,985 in 2014-2015)
    • Leeds Trinity University: 1,140 (995 in 2014-2015)
    • Leeds Beckett University: 7,145 (7,560 in 2014-2015)
    • Leeds College of Art: 570 (450 in 2014-2015) 
  • The University of Leeds continue to do well in recruiting one year international postgraduates and are likely to be up by 250 students
  • Although Leeds Beckett University remains relatively stable it has seen a large drop across the last 5 years in EU (excl. UK) student enrollements.   
  • 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 3,500 bed spaces.
For more information please contact Nicola Brown, the Assistant Chief Executive - Housing Hub Services