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New students turn to hotels as accommodation shortfall is revealed

As students prepare to begin their university education, a number of undergraduates will be faced with having to look outside of university halls for their accommodation.

UK Student Accommodation Shortage

As students prepare to begin their university education, a number of undergraduates will be faced with having to look outside of university halls for their accommodation.

Some students at the University of Reading are being forced to turn towards hotels as a temporary means of accommodation as the university struggles to deal with the influx of new students joining the institution this year.


According to the Guardian, the university has provided more than 3,800 undergraduates this year, nearly 400 more places than the last academic year. However, the university does not have enough room to house all of the students in university halls of residence.


Instead, the university is offering to pay for students to stay at hotels whilst they wait for rooms to become available, or alternatively, as they seek a place in private accommodation.


UCAS revealed last month that 409,000 students would be joining academic institutions this year, marking a 3% increase on last year and the highest number on record.


The steep rise in student numbers has followed the removal of the government cap on the number of places that can be offered, the effects of which have been seen up and down the country.


This sharp increase has placed a strain on universities as they struggle to accommodate all of the new students that are joining them.


Increasingly, students are turning towards private accommodation as standard, preferring to guarantee their living arrangements, rather than face the lottery that can occur in some universities.


Private sector student accommodation is remaining extremely popular with both the students who live there and those who invest in these developments. Earlier this year, the student accommodation market was revealed to have generated £4.2 billion of investment – a significant increase on last year’s figure and a new record high for the asset class.

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