In summer 2018, Unipol Student Homes and the National Union of Students jointly ran the Accommodation Costs Survey, with BMG Research supporting the design and delivery of the research.

The NUS/ Unipol Accommodation Cost Survey is a well-established study which spans almost 30 years and tracks changes. The latest survey provides information about the state of the market in 2017/18 and 2018/19 and looks at past and future trends. The survey is widely recognised sector-leading research and provides a creditable and complete view of the purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) market throughout the UK.

The survey covers over 382,000 bed spaces. Today’s launch (6th December) will communicate findings on:

  • Headline rental trends and regional variations
  • Stock types and growth over time
  • The changing ownership of student accommodation
  • Affordability
  • The role of HE institutions in accommodation provision
  • Views from the sector on the future of rents

Speaking ahead of the report launch, Steve Handley, Research Director at BMG said: “We have been delighted to work with Unipol and the NUS on the delivery of this project. This report shines a light on trends that have obvious impacts on the affordability and by extension, accessibility of higher education, making it research of real significance.”

The full report can be found on the Unipol website. 

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