HEPI Blog: The latest developments in student accommodation


In a blog for HEPI Unipol's Chief Executive, Martin Blakey, looks at the latest developments in student accommodation and concludes:

There are significant housing shortages throughout all segments of society within the UK. There is a point where students will also be affected by supply problems – why would they be exempt?

Universities need to be clear about their own obligations and where they can provide accommodation and where they cannot.

They need to treat postgraduate students in a different way to undergraduates, and give them the facts so they can make their own judgements: the facts have to be accurate and free of marketing spin.

Finally, Vice-Chancellors need to know that student accommodation is a sleeping giant that when roused can loom large over their plans for recruitment, development and expansion.

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