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Student Accommodation Research: House Hunting Budgets

Posted by Richard Ward

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The affordability of student accommodation continues to make headlines, with rent strikes targeting university accommodation highlighting the frustration felt by students.

For students house hunting for the 2019-20 academic year, the average budget set outside of London was £126pppw, sitting almost in the middle of the average advertised HMO and PBSA price. Unsurprisingly, StuRents' data suggests there are clear psychological barriers when house hunting, such as £100pppw and £150pppw, which operators should bear in mind, albeit this varies dramatically per location.

Operators should also note that these budgets are becoming increasingly stretched. Whilst the average budget increased from £121pppw in 2018 to £126pppw in 2019, representing an increase of 3.8%, the average advertised rent (weighted for HMO & PBSA) increased by 4.8%.

Long-term this trend is even more apparent. Between 2017-2019 student budgets have increased by 5.3% at a national level (ex-London), whilst advertised rents have grown by a weighted average of 9.0%. Whilst the HMO sector can still offer a more affordable option and within budget, on the whole, rental growth is outpacing increases in student budgets.

Average House Hunting Budget

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The extract above has been taken from our 2019 UK Student Accommodation Annual Report. To understand more about our market leading analytics and to receive a copy of the report register here.

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