Student rental enquiries surge

Student accommodation platform UniHomes has seen a sharp uplift in student rental activity since the government’s announcement on returning to higher education a month ago.

The government announced that in person learning can resume for students on practical or practice-based courses and who require specialist equipment and facilities on the 22nd February.

After the announcement UniHomes saw a 68% increase in students searching for rental accommodation, with enquiries on student rentals also climbing by 234% compared to a year ago.

Phil Greaves, co-founder of UniHomes, said: “Continued uncertainty within the workplace and a lack of available jobs has caused many young people to opt for higher education to bypass the impact of the pandemic until the landscape has improved.

“Although university has been largely confined to remote learning for the last year or so, demand for HMOs has remained strong, as many students attempt to maintain some form of normality within their university life.

“The recent announcement on returning to study has also boosted hopes that it will be business as usual come the next academic year and we’ve seen a substantial uplift in interest by students who want to secure a place to live in anticipation.”

Two in five (41%) letting agents think demand will be driven by a return of domestic students in the coming months, followed by the easing of travel restrictions for international students (22%) and the influx of new students for the new academic year (20%).


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