House hunting in Bradford 2019


Take your pick of quality student homes available through Unipol

Unipol launched the largest number of accredited bed spaces in one place for the students of Bradford on Monday 4th February. You are able to compare all types of properties in different areas and shortlist your favourites from the comfort of your sofa - our website is fully compatible with smartphones, tablets, laptop and desktops.

Launch of House Hunting

Students were given an early access invitation to view the Unipol website two days before the launch of house hunting on 4th February 2019. The February tabloid will be delivered to students in Halls and off-street houses this week to help them make an informed choice of accommodation


The story so far

The site went live on 4th February 2019 and is showing 1387 rooms available for this academic year 2019-2020.  Within the first 3 days of house hunting there were 248 searches carried out with 666 properties viewed on the website.

Throughout February there were 1,345 accommodation searches carried out on the website with 2,895 individual adverts being viewed. March, April, May & June remained steady with 3,502 searches taking place resulting in 8,106 advert views.

July alone saw 1,150 searches & 2,407 adverts viewed. Over 36% of these searches were carried out using a mobile phone. 

To date A level results, clearing & international postgrad arrivals have resulted in 2,621 accommodation searches in August & September with 7,448 adverts viewed. This is 300 more views than in 2018.  

October remained busy with 1,158 searches carried out and 3,206 properties viewed.  November has saw 732 searches and 1,618 advert views, much higher than in previous years. We are still getting students drop into the Hub looking for accommodation, these are mainly international students here for the start of January semester.

Unipol had a presence at all College & University open days throughout the year, along with A level results & Clearing days, freshers Fayres & International welcome weeks. We will also be attending the re-fresher fayre in January to promote the start of house hunting in Feb.

Usage of the website on a PC has remained static over the last 3 months, but has increased by around 5% on mobile phones.

Student survey results from October taken from a cross section of 100 students showed that 96% paid an all inclusive rent, with only 9% thinking their rent was too high.  88% considered cost of living to be an important factor in their decision to study in Bradford. Only 2% noted that next year they would look for a self contained 1bed flat or studio, which is a change in trend from previous years. 73% of students who had reported issues/repairs stated that their landlord had dealt with this in a professional & timely manner.

House Hunting in Bradford for the 2020-2021 academic year will commence on 3rd February.