75% of all PBSA rentals already snapped up across top universities

With just days to go until the entry deadline for UCAS undergraduate courses, research by property developer and PBSA provider, Stripe Property Group, has revealed that prospective first-year students are facing a tough challenge to secure accommodation, with as much as 75% of all purpose-built student accommodation at the nation’s top universities already taken.

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Property | Reporter
24th January 2023
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Stripe Property Group analysed demand for PBSA rental stock within the postcodes of the top 50 UK universities and found that the University of York is the most in-demand university within the UK when it comes to student rental accommodation. Currently across the YO10 postcode, no less than 75% of all PBSA rental stock listed on the market has already been snapped up by students.

York is followed by the University of Strathclyde, also home to an exceptional level of student rental demand, where 73% of all student rentals have already been let.

In the BA2 postcode, home to the University of Bath, over half (54%) of student rental stock has been taken already.

Queen Mary University of London in the E1 postcode of Tower Hamlets is home to the highest student demand in the capital, where 42% of all PSBA rentals listed on the current market have been taken.

In Birmingham’s B4 postcode, 40% of student lets have been let by those attending Aston University, while demand is currently at 39% in the WC2A and WC2R postcodes, home to the London School of Economics and King’s College London.

The rest of the top 10 most in-demand universities for PBSA rental homes include Shropshire’s Harper Adams University (35%), the University of Essex (32%) and the University of Glasgow (20%).

James Forrester, Managing Director of Stripe Property Group, commented: “We can appreciate that there’s always going to be high demand for a spot at one of the nation’s best universities, but the burning issue of student accommodation availability is one that is impacting students the length and breadth of the nation.

"As our research shows, over 70% of currently listed student rental stock has already been taken surrounding some universities and we’re yet to see the deadline for applications expire. This really highlights the uphill struggle facing many students when it comes to securing a suitable roof over their heads.

"Of course, the private rental sector does help to pick up some of the slack and there are some outstanding PBSA focussed developers out there working tirelessly to bring new stock to the market, but more needs to be done to bridge the gap between the student homes available and the level we require.”

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