By and large, 'student accommodation' falls into a number of categories. e.g.
- Halls of residence (owned by the universities and either run by them or by a third-party on their behalf);
- So-called 'purpose built' accommodation, owned and run by a third party. In many instances it is new build, though (and increasingly) it also comes about as a result of the conversion of an existing building. This type of accommodation tends to follow a standard pattern - 'cluster' flats with en suite and shared kitchen and living space;
- HMOs, which, as a rule, have come about as the result of the conversion of ordinary 'family' homes, are owned by private landlords, and where tenants share facilities such as kitchens, bathrooms and living space, but have their own bedroom/study;
- Lodgings in private homes where the owner is also resident.
Of course, a number of students continue to live in the family home and attend one or other of our local universities.
It is as well to remember that this, often controversial and emotive, subject is not merely a 'Nottingham issue': it is a national one, shared by the majority of towns and cities in this country (as well as some overseas) with thriving universities. Also, as it is dealing with homes for students and all that this entails, it is a subject that should be of more than a little interest to students themselves, their parents, the educational establishments which bring them to Nottingham, and the city which hosts them.
To follow the progress of 'Graystacks', an innovative student town house project developed alongside the Nottingham Canal on Castle Boulevard, from its inception to the time when the first student tenants arrived,visit: The Graystacks Project