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Coventry University Suggests More PBSA is Needed

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Coventry University has suggested that more purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) will be needed to satisfy burgeoning demand.

The university's head of accommodation has told councillors that despite a significant rise in the supply of PBSA, more is required to meet the expected increase in student intake.

Mr Okwuadigbo said there were 4,100 beds in purpose-built accommodation in 2012, compared to 6,300 in 2017, with an additional 8,500 beds built between 2018 and September this year.

However, with the 18-year-old population set to rebound in the coming years, further pressure for student accommodation is expected.

He added that growth in PBSA has had a positive impact in the appeal of the university, whilst housing chiefs have been pro-active in promoting PBSA to help reduce the numbers of students in private rented houses.

Head of housing Jim Crawshaw said: "Although there is an increase in the number of students into the city that also means there is a number of properties that are becoming available that were formerly used as student accommodation which can be used for other purposes."