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UK student accommodation in demand as shortage is revealed

Demand for student accommodation in the UK has reached a new high as an investigation reveals that students across the country are being forced to share single bedrooms in oversubscribed university accommodation.

UK Student Accommodation

Demand for student accommodation in the UK has reached a new high as an investigation reveals that students across the country are being forced to share single bedrooms in oversubscribed university accommodation.

The report, undertaken by the BBC, has demonstrated that the increased numbers of students attending UK universities this year has led to a shortage of rooms in university provided accommodation.


Following the removal of university intake restrictions earlier this year, an additional 500,000 students are thought to have entered the university system according to UCAS. This has meant that many students expecting to have a single room have had to share the space with another student, as universities struggle to cope with the additional numbers joining institutions across the UK.


There is already a vast undersupply of student accommodation in the UK’s university towns and cities which is being exacerbated by the increase in the UK’s student population. The shortfall is being picked up by the private sector, creating new purpose built developments that offer an alternative to traditional student houses or the crowded student villages provided by universities. These developments are helping to alleviate the strain on existing developments, in addition to offering excellent property investment opportunities.

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