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Host Reports an Increase in UK Bookings

Posted by Richard Ward

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The latest data from student accommodation provider Host, suggests UK students are proving increasingly intent on starting university life in September despite the continued disruption caused by Covid-19.

Based on data from almost 6,000 students that have already signed up to live in one of the operator's 35 student halls, UK students currently account for 50% of all bookings, up 5% year-on-year.

The data from Host reveals that whilst bookings from outside the UK have fallen as a combined percentage, with international students reconsidering their options in light of coronavirus, the numbers from some countries are holding up well.

Bookings from China are in line with last year and represent 22% of all rooms booked with Host, with the proportion of students coming from Hong Kong up by 50% from last year.

However, bookings from major European countries such as France, Germany and Spain are down marginally, although this could be related to outside factors such as Brexit or the global pandemic.

Based on current bookings, Host is set to accommodate students from more than 100 countries and every continent from September.

Commenting on the data, John Ripley, Operations Director at Host, said: "Considering the unprecedented uncertainty caused by the global health crisis and the impact this is having on young people at key stages of their lives, it is encouraging that students are showing a resilient attitude towards moving away from home to study and continuing their higher education journey. We expect more students than ever before to wait until they have their grades this year before applying through clearing so the full picture is not yet clear but our number of bookings are not too far off what they were at this stage last year."