UK university students are advised to find student accommodation early


International students in the UK would find it difficult to find quality accommodation. As in-person learning resumes, students rush to find housing hotspots or student accommodation. Sanam Arora, head of student association NISAU, told The PIE News that high demand for housing is an emerging problem but could become serious in the coming weeks.

There have been reports this month of UK universities hosting students in locations far from their campuses to keep up with the demand. “The main concern we see among Indian students coming to UK to study is finding good accommodation. For the record, I can tell you that we observe that compared to previous years, this problem has certainly increased, ”said Arora, quoted by The PIE.

Arora said that NISAU has partnered with a university housing provider to address issues facing students. “Obviously the number of international Indian students coming to the UK has increased dramatically and I don’t know if the housing supply has kept pace,” she said.

Some of the issues international students face is finding two housing packages, as private landlords don’t necessarily allow them to stay in their rooms to self-quarantine.

International students in the UK are said to be struggling to find student accommodation as the united resumes their learning on campus. Source: Tolga Akmen / AFP

International students likely to live in purpose-built student accommodation

In London, rental buildings in South Kensington, Sloane Square and Earl’s Court around Imperial College London are occupied by students arriving by air.

Amelia Greene, director at Saville’s, told Bloomberg agents have seen rental requests double in recent weeks. It is estimated that 70% of them are intended for accommodation for international students. “It almost feels like we have two years of students who all want to move in September,” Greene commented. According to David Salvi of London-based real estate agency Hurford Salvi Carr, this spike in rental demand has pushed rents up 15% in the past two months.

HEPI director Nick Hillman told The PIE that securing accommodation may be a different experience for international students compared to home students, saying they are less likely to live in housing units. students shared and more likely to live in purpose-built student accommodation.

He advised international students to start looking for accommodation as soon as they know they need it, speak to the university’s housing office and examine the availability of purpose-built private student accommodation.

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