This year, more than ever, student accommodation has been a topic of concern, nervousnes and embarrassment for so many. Our recent inspect divulges the realities that students are facing.

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The National Student Accommodation Survey explores issues related to students’ living places every year. But in the five years that we’ve been running this survey, we’ve never known the reported problems to be quite as disruptive as they have been in 2020/21, a year dominated by COVID-1 9.

The coronavirus pandemic has enormously shaped students’ know-hows and decisions related to their accommodation. In fact, for countless, key hand-pickeds like where they live during period time have been out of their domination, with the standards of national lockdowns expecting the majority of members to stay at home and study online.

In our 2021 investigation, over 1,300 parties answered from across the UK, provisioning insight into just how difficult it’s been to manage student accommodation this academic year.

What’s in this report?

How has the coronavirus pandemic changed students’ living places ? How much money have students got back in lease rebates ? How much does student housing penalty ? The biggest room editions for student renters What do the panel of experts say ?

The blow of coronavirus on student housing

It was evident from our recent survey on the impact of COVID-1 9 that the pandemic has affected students’ accommodation selects- but the extent to which it has shaped, and continues to shape, its final decision around where they live has not been clear until now.

What’s more, the survey results offer an indication of just how much has been spent on unused student housing this year. Read on for this, along with many more fascinating findings from this year’s National Student Accommodation Survey.

Students’ living preferences in the early stages of 2020/21

Infographic about where students live

Compared to the previous year, at the start of 2020/21 there were actually fewer students living with their parents or champions, down from 12% to 10 %.

With exclusively one in 10 students at home, the majority of members were either living in university halls or in a property with a private landowner, with a further 15% in private halls.

But, where reference is asked students where they were currently living, the results were quite different…

Students’ living situations in the Spring Term 2020/21

Infographic about where students live due to covid

After the Christmas break, 52% were still in the same living places as originally planned. But, a third of students in the results of the investigation had moved back home been like living with their parents or guardians.

In any other year it would be extremely surprising for so many students to move back home for the second term. This time, though, it was almost inevitable.

In December 2020, the government allocated several days for a ‘student travel window’ in which students could return home for Christmas.

However, after numerous students had returned home, rules were then put in place that required them to ‘stay at home’ unless they were studying one of a handful of courses that were allowed to continue with in-person teaching, like medicine, dentistry, veterinary discipline, initial teacher training, patrolling and social work.

On top of this, some students may have already made the decision, separately from the government’s regulations, to move back home if their directions were being educated entirely online.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, a large proportion of students will not be able to deplete the entire academic year so far in their rented accommodation.

How much duration have students spent in their hired adaptation in 2020/21?

Although around 42% of students in the survey have been able to spend the part time in their properties, 43% have spent three months or less there.

Unfortunately, our investigation has also found that, had students known what would happen this year, over two in five would have chosen their accommodation differently.

What are students’ plans for accommodation in 2021/22?

Here’s when students told us they’ve started, or is the beginning, looking for next year’s accommodation πŸ˜› TAGEND

Infographic about when students looking for housing

Given the disruptions of this past year, along with the limited contact many ought to have been with their classmates, it may be expected that students would start househunting later than usual( if at all ). But, interestingly, this doesn’t seem to be the case in any significant sense.

Last year, 11% told us that they had started appearing before November, with 17% ogling in November and 10% glancing in December- noticeably similar to this year, other than a 3% declined by students inspecting in November.

In addition, the same proportion( 29%) had told us last year that they weren’t proposing on moving, so this figure hasn’t changed.

Have students indicated rental contracts for 2021/22 yet?

As well as asking students when( or even though they are) they would start looking for accommodation next year, we too asked whether they had yet indicated lease agreements for 2021/22 πŸ˜› TAGEND

41%- Haven’t indicated their next contract, but will do 30%- Haven’t indicated their next contract, and aren’t anticipated to 28%- Have indicated their next contract.

Just under one in three students in the survey have already agreed to rent a owned next year, even though it’s still not fully clear how much in-person teaching there will be in 2021/22.

For any students who are planning to rent next year but haven’t more entered into a contract, it’s definitely worth requesting a disintegrate rider. This would give you the claim to expiration a lease early if you need to.

Student tariff pays due to coronavirus

Infographic about students asking for a rent discount

Among all students in the survey who pay rent, around two in five asked for a pay- but there was a noticeable difference between the numbers of students asking for rent rebates in foyers, and those asking for rebates with private landlords.

In university accommodation, as numerous as two-thirds asks for a indemnity. This compares to just under one in five students with private proprietors “whos had” shaped the same request.

Overall, around a third of students in the survey were offered a pay on fee, with 9% offered a full dismis, and 23% offered a partial one.

Breaking this down, 63% of students in university housing were offered a rebate( full or partial) and 32% in private dorms were offered one. However, merely 6% of students with private landowners are also available a discount.

Infographic about average student rent discount

Per person, the average part lease rebate was PS75 per week.

Based on computations from the results, taking lease rebates into consideration, we have found that students who haven’t had full access to their uni home have devoted an average of PS1, 621 on unused accommodation.

We have then obligated further calculations, and from these summarizes, we can estimate that across the whole UK student population, PS933, 270,890( yes, practically PS1 billion !) of rent has been spent on chambers that have been sitting drain so far this academic year.

We calculated this figure using student rent( after any deductions/ refunds) and the number of months unable to access the asset. Medians are then calculated for each adaptation type and combined with HESA student accommodation data to give an overall figure.

Students’ experiences with getting fund back from housing providers and landlords vary quite widely πŸ˜› TAGEND

– The refund is only for a six-week period , not the duration I haven’t been able to use the accommodation.( Uni accommodation)

– Refunded us for[ the] reduced by invoices they’ve had as greenbacks are included, but that’s negligible and we’re still paying for accommodation the government have stopped us are living below despite being in private accommodation where we wouldn’t meet with anyone else.( Private landlord)

– The refund policy due to COVID was not explained in full and[ it] made a few months to complete the admin to add my discount to 2021 as I paid in advance.( Private passageways)

– They’ve been very understanding. For every week we couldn’t be on campus due to COVID, we got a 100% housing pay.( Uni accommodation)

– We should be given a full pay, but have only been given half a pay for 2 month. And I’ve been unable to live in accommodation for about four months, and won’t move back after either.( Uni accommodation)

– I understand from a business point of view that they can’t dedicate refunds to everyone for situations beyond their dominate, which is why I think they’ve managed it perfectly despite others contending.( Private residences)

– Instead of case-by-case and taking into account medical students who need access to laboratories, they have applied a cloak approaching which means we miss out on a indemnity. December has also been forgotten as we had been told to leave within a roam window at the beginning of the month.( Uni accommodation)

– I hope they could have[ given] us the option to get a refund on hire if we moved out.( Private landlord)

How much does student accommodation overhead?

Infographic about average student rent

As would be expected, London has the highest average student rent in the UK. However, lease in the South East and South West is not far behind. In the case of Northern Ireland, there wasn’t sufficient data to provide a reliable figure.

Infographic about regional cost of student rent

Is the Maintenance Loan enough to cover rental costs? Here’s what students in the survey told us πŸ˜› TAGEND

– It’s freezing. We have to do teaches at home but don’t have enough money in our payment to cover[ these] additional costs. It constitutes it very hard to sit at a desk.( Private landlord)

– In these circumstances it’s increasingly hard to stay positive when paying for accommodation you aren’t allowed to use. Accommodation is so expensive and those not getting the full credit have to pay the same expenditures as those that do, it’s just unfair.( Private residences)

– Fear of not being able to afford living rates e.g. nutrient, expedition, academic reserves as Maintenance Loan doesn’t cover both lease and living costs and I receive no[ aid] from genealogy.( Uni accommodation)

– Based on any limitations because of COVID , nothing of the faculties minus your actual bedroom and kitchen are open so you’re going to be caught. The overheads are high considering what you are getting, especially in a epoch where people can’t work or have lost their jobs.( Private hallways)

Which housing is cheapest?

Living arrangementsAverage weekly rent

With parents/ guardiansPS3 0

Private hallsPS1 44

Uni accommodationPS1 45

Private landlordPS1 48

Interestingly, for students in private halls, uni halls and properties with private landowners, the average cost of hire is very similar.

But the figures have increased slightly for each of those types of housing since last year.

The biggest increase is for belongings with private landlords, up from an average of PS136 a week in 2020. It may not seem like a huge rise, but if the rental costs continue to go up for students, housing is at risk of becoming yet more unaffordable.

On the other hand, the average cost per week for students who live with their parents or keepers has gone down by PS23 since last year. It’s possible that parents and guardians are expecting smaller contributions for hire, menu and monies during the pandemic- particularly as 25% of students have lost some income due to COVID-1 9.

What do you get for your fund?

Infographic about utilities included in student rent

For around two-thirds of students, lease includes at least one type of utility. And, among the proposals that are included, ocean, energy, gas and broadband are by far the most common.

The chassis are generally jolly similar to those that we’ve seen in previous years. But, there has been a steady increase in students telling us that a gym is present in their rent.

In 2019, 8% said that be made available to a gym was included. This then has risen to 10% in 2020, and has gone up a further 2% this year to 12%, suggesting a general improvement in facilities in blocks of flats.

What else do you have to pay for?

Infographic about student deposits

On average, students pay an average deposit of PS281- a very similar figure to last year, when it was only around PS1 higher.

10% of students in the survey told us that they’ve had problems coming their deposit back. The good report is that this is down by 4% from last year.

Before shelling out the cash, how many students are taking the time to read through their lease agreement?

Infographic about students not reading tenancy agreements

Alarmingly, for precisely over one in ten students , no one in the house read the contract before signing.

Students uttered mingled looks about how far their fee get πŸ˜› TAGEND

– Most of the residents are working class( like myself) and the facilities are amazing( peculiarly the gym and the large bar area ). The staff are also unusually reassuring and friendly.( Uni accommodation)

– It’s so expensive for what you’re actually receiving. Letting operators and landowners persuade students to pay lodges so that they don’t risk losing out on that property, without enabled them to read/ negotiate any expressions or contracts.( Private landlord)

– We still have to pay full tariff but we don’t have access to the communal kitchen, communal ranges, cinema chamber or gym.( Private foyers)

– I needed my own home to study as I have disabilities and it’s easier to live alone in an accommodation that has the right layout for me, although it’s difficult to find economical accommodation that suits my needs so I have limited options and sometimes I have to compromise. I desire being this close to my campus, but it’s difficult compensate this high rent with nothing included but the ceiling over my heading.( Private landlord)

Is student accommodation inexpensive?

We had already seen from our most recent National Student Money Survey that, for the average student, hire makes up the majority of their Maintenance Loan.

Worryingly, among those in the survey who pay rent, a half struggle with the costs- with over one in ten telling us it’s a ‘constant struggle’.

Infographic about students struggling with rent

On top of this, three in five students in the survey told us that their own health has taken a stumble due to rent expenditures, while over two in five have found that their studying has been negatively impacted.

Infographic about impact of rent on students

In special, students have talked about the impact that issues with accommodation are having on their mental health πŸ˜› TAGEND

– Having to work to pay rent and study for uni amidst a world-wide pandemic has been really hard on my mental health issues.( Private landlord)

– It’s a lot of fund. And at the moment I can’t even be there and so much money “ve come” my pocket. My rent is twice as much as my loan. I can’t afford it […] I’m trying to do things for money but it’s hard when I have so many deadlines.( Private halls)

– Although four of us offer monies I’m the only one who moved here. Living[ alone] in a big house isn’t what I strategy, it’s been extremely lonely. […] I’ve been alone for six months and it’s been incredibly hard on my mental health issues.( Private landlord)

– There is little to no mental health issues or wellbeing supporter on offer and we are unable to contact our residential endorsement patrolmen. Also the security have failed to break up defendants during the course of its pandemic which is concerning.( Uni accommodation)

How do students pay their rent?

With so many students meeting tariff to be unaffordable, where do they go to find the extra money?

infographic about students borrowing money for rent

infographics about student borrowing

Out of the students who have borrowed or received money to cover rent, the most common way to do so is by expecting mothers for coin. However, this figure is down quite significantly from 37% in 2020.

This could be due to students receiving tariff rebates and spend little on living payments like nutrient and greenbacks if they are living at home instead of their uni housing. Nonetheless, it’s likewise possible that fewer parents feel able to support their children with the cost of rent.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a monetary impact on many beings, including students and the parent education students, with large amounts of works facing furlough or redundancy. This could make it harder for students to cover rent, and for their parents to lend them money.

Here’s how much mothers are currently giving students to help cover their rent…

How much do parents pay?

Infographic about parental contributions for student rent

On average, mothers are giving their children at uni PS4 4 per week for fee. This would add up hugely throughout the year, expenditure as much as PS2, 288 over a 12 -month period.

What issues do student renters face?

Students report a huge range of issues with their accommodation. Below, we’ll go through the most common problems students have with housemates, and with their properties.

Biggest problems linked to housemates

Infographic about student housemate issues

For a lot of students, cleanliness is a pretty big cause of exasperation in their room, with 55% saying their housemates leave unclean meals out, and 47% saying others don’t assist with cleaning.

On top of this, around a third of students in the survey said their housemates leave menu out to rot.

Living with difficult housemates? Our guide to surviving shared living are helpful in. Biggest problems linked to owneds

household issues for students

Particularly this year, with so many students needing to study from home, it’s important that their accommodation is safe and comfy. But regrettably, this isn’t always the case.

Among the most common concerns students had about their accommodation was having a lack of water or heating, having soften, and dealing here with disruptive construct task. And, on top of this, 16% said that they had inappropriate or unannounced tours from their proprietors, which should never be the case.

Here are some of the most shocking objections we heard about student housing πŸ˜› TAGEND

– Our basin of the settle fell off the wall, and the whole flat and downstairs flat spate.( Uni accommodation)

– Finding a glass of orange juice that was turned to hard-handed dark-green mush concealed behind the microwave.( Private landlord)

– The electrical lock on the prime door into the flat wouldn’t work, so their mixture was to remove it alone for a few daytimes permitting anyone to walk in and have access to the kitchen( or bedrooms if “theyre not” also locked by students ).( Uni accommodation)

– Kitchen window seeped, upkeep came in without knocking and had been to other swamps before ours with people who had tested positive for COVID living there, bring COVID to our flat and I tested positive two week ago, kitchen window was never deposited.( Private corridors)

– Housemate sick on aisle carpet- made them a while( epoches) to get around to empty it.( Uni accommodation)

– I had to go to the police as somebody with a key separate into my target and concealed in the wardrobe and that is when I found out that all the staff have master key to open any door. Photographs were left, however, the person wasn’t attained so now it is scary and I have PTSD and I am worried within my own ‘safe’ room.( Private vestibules)

How long does it take to get difficulties sorted?

Infographic about how long household issues take to get fixed

It was really concerning to see that, for half of the students in the survey, it made over a week for problems with their belonging to get sorted. Not only this, but 5% said that the problems with their house have never been fixed.

As we’ve already seen, the majority of students find that the pressures of leasing influence their own health. If matters depart unresolved within the house, this will exclusively constitute the living situations harder.

Where do student tenants go for support when necessary? For the majority, their parents are the ones they turn to πŸ˜› TAGEND

infographic about where students get rent support

Is student housing value the invest?

One noticeable change from last year is the drop in students who view their accommodation as good value for coin- down by as much as 10%.

Infographic about value for money of student rent

It’s truly concerning to think of so many students feeling as though their adaptation isn’t worth the money they spend on rent. But, sadly, it’s not wholly surprising this year, given that so many have been unable to actually live in their leased properties for the whole academic year.

Students have told us about how much they feel they have got for their fund this year as renters πŸ˜› TAGEND

– I detest it because it isn’t good value for coin. It’s small, cramped, perilous, full of disorderly beings and the management do not care about difficulties at all. We had a bug infestation from previous students and it took them four eras to come out […] and we haven’t heard back about a partial refund.( Uni accommodation)

– PS6, 000 is a lot of money- so knowing that I’ve paid it for a service I’m not employing is stressful.( Private landlord)

– The the employees are lovely and ever have a laugh with you, they too manage publishes really well and the housing is great value for fund.( Uni accommodation)

– I adoration my accommodation( parents’ home) as it’s free and comes with homemade dinners albeit at the cost of 100% placid duration. I much promote living at home as I had major homesickness in first year.( With mothers/ trustees)

– I think it is completely absurd to be paying full rent when I can’t application all the facilities I am paid under.( Private auditoriums)

What do the experts say? Save the Student

Jake Butler, Save the Student’s money expert, says πŸ˜› TAGEND

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PS1 billion is a huge cost for students to pay and the total will keep going up, establishing it clear once again that students are among the worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

You can see from our stats that students feel let down and helpless when it comes to looking for support with their housing costs.

A lot of accommodation providers, particularly universities, have reacted well but many students, mostly those leasing from private proprietors, have been left without a leg to stand on.

Time and time again the government has promised to look at the poor situation students are in but we’re yet to see any effective activity. I would urge the government to work with landlords and universities to offer students financial support to cover any fee remittances for accommodation that cannot be accessed.

NUS

Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, NUS Vice President for Higher Education, includes πŸ˜› TAGEND

Students have been consistently exploited and dismissed during this pandemic.

We are seen as cash cows, with countless persist extortionate tariffs for dimensions they either cannot use or cannot afford.

This survey makes clear that the PS50million in adversity funding is a drop in the ocean compared to the eye-watering expenditures that students are facing. If Westminster did the right thing and matched the calamity fund being made available in Wales for students, the amount needed would be more than PS700 million.

COVID-1 9 has disclosed and exasperated fundamental blunders in the student room sector but there are deeper difficulties decomposing at the core. We have inherited Student Finance and student residence arrangements that visualize students as pound sign rather than people.

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Want to save more and stress little about student casing? Our most popular leader about adaptation go you through the essentials πŸ˜› TAGEND

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About the National Student Accommodation Survey 2021

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Survey polled 1,355 students in the UK between 20 th January 2021 and 8th February 2021.

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