The Nottingham Letting Year 2019 - House Hunting has started


House hunting for the 2019 - 2020 academic year commenced on Saturday 10th November 2018. 

House Hunting patterns in Nottingham vary depending on what institution students attend. A lot of students studying at Nottingham Trent Students’ Union start their search in November, whereas students studying at the University of Nottingham tend to wait until the end of January before beginning their search.  

Key Observations:

- On the opening weekend of House Hunting there were 12,403 property views compared with 10,469 in 2017
- On the opening weekend 49% of searches undertaken did not specify a particular location compared to 42% in 2017. 16% of searches undertaken specified the Arboretum or the City Centre compared to 18% in 2017 and 18% of searches specified Lenton compared to 23% of searches in 2017.

Availability of properties

444 properties equating to 2,2406 bedspaces have been displayed on the Unipol website since the start of House Hunting, with more properties added weekly throughout the year, there are always plenty of accommodation options to browse through. 

The National Picture - Nottingham

(Source: HESA)

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 2016-2017 (always a year behind UCAS figures) have just been made available.

Both universities are now showing growth - in both UG and PG enrolments.  

Nottingham full-time enrolments 2010-11 – 2016-17 (HESA)
Institution Level 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Nottingham Trent University UG 20,380 20,585 20,020 20,530 20,305 TBC 23,600
  PG 1,820 2,700 2,480 2,320 2,230 TBC 5,775
  Total 22,200 23,285 22,500 22,850 22,535 27,920 29,375
University of Nottingham UG 23,025 23,515 23,445 23,155 22,665 TBC 24,065
  PG 7,345 7,715 7,665 5,740 5,475 TBC 8,450
  Total 30,370 31,230 31,110 28,895 28,140 32,125 32,515
Overall TOTAL   52,570 54,515 53,610 51,745 50,675 60,045 61,890









The UCAS intake figures from the University of Nottingham were more encouraging for 2018-2019 as can be seen below.

  • Nottingham Trent University was in the top 20 universities nationally to show real growth between 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 (over 12%).  This trend has manifested in Nottingham Trent's student recruitment in 2018 that resulted in a shortfall of 400 rooms and some students placed in Derby. 
  • The University of Nottingham has seem similar demand and is estimated to be +250 students.  To meet demand the University of Nottingham are building additional campus halls using rapid modular construction to accommodate students on-campus.
  • The non-continuation rate at both universities in Nottingham remains below the national average, protecting student numbers from falling further.  The non-continuation rate measures those student who drop out of university, most of these are seen in the first year of study.

"2018/2019 letting year has been a challenging market place but there are indications that 2019-2020 will be easier with increased student numbers that see demand outstripping supply".