What are students looking for from accommodation?

AFS Team·7 February 2018·3 min read
What are students looking for from accommodation?

Student habits can change pretty quickly and what was once a new trend can quickly become an established feature of a dynamic market.

For this reason www.accommodationforstudents.com consistently seeks feedback from students and runs a regular programme of market research to gain a structured insight into what students want from their accommodation.

Understanding the market has been key to the success of the business for the last fifteen years and as we are currently investing heavily in the website, the basis of our planning for the next ten.

As we are just about to start our programme of student research for 2018, by launching our annual lifestyle survey, it is a good opportunity to reflect on what students told us were the key things they sought from student accommodation in 2017.

In our research we find that proximity or easy travel links to university is generally the first consideration. This has been a consistent finding over the last five years. It typically ranks higher than price, however, this is because the accommodation budget is generally fixed within certain amount and is therefore perceived as less of a discretional choice than location.

Outside of price and location the most important features are a fast internet connection, bills included, good storage space and double bedrooms. It is interesting to note that a majority of students believe that the people they live with are more important than the property features.

Finally, it is worth noting that most of the students who complete our research believe that having bills included within the rent both makes life easier and enables them to save money and that 90% of students would like to rent a property which has been accredited by an official body.

If you would like to receive a full copy of our latest student research, please email [email protected] . Also we would appreciate any feedback that you have on the current state of the market would be appreciated. You can take our current landlord and agent survey here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LFWVVMN . You can also keep up to date with our latest research via our LinkedIn page here https://www.linkedin.com/company/accommodation-for-students-limited/