On Friday 10 September 2021, Robbie Meredith, BBC News NI Education Correspondent, reported that a 12% increase in the number of first-year applications to Queen's University Belfast has resulted in an 'unprecedented' demand for accommodation and over-subscription for rooms in its halls of residence. As a result, the university is offering some students money and other incentives to find alternative accommodation.
On Thursday 2 September 2021, Neil Hodgson, writing in The BusinessDesk.com reported that a scheme to build 425-bed, 13 storey student accommodation development in the Fallowfield area of Manchester has been refused planning permission following 250 objections from local civic societies, residents' groups and local councillors.
Will Hazel, Education Correspondent of iNews, writing on Tuesday 24 August 2021, reported that students going to universities this autumn will get support to fill gaps in learning caused by the coronavirus pandemic and also support to help them 'get to grips with the freedom of university life' following 18 months of Covid-19 restrictions.
Writing on Friday 23 July 2021, Sally Weale, Guardian Education Correspondent reported that the University and College Union has warned Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, that unless students are double vaccinated before the start of the new academic year and additional protective measures are also implemented, the problems seen in universities last year will be repeated. Will Hazel, Education Correspondent of iNews, also writing on Friday 23 July 2021, reported that unless students are fully vaccinated ministers have been warned that university 'chaos' could return in September.
On Wednesday 7 July 2021, Helen Pidd (North of England Editor) and Niamh McIntyre reported on the Guardian that the five current hotspots of Covid-19 hotspots in England also have some of the largest student populations in England. Nottingham's Lenton & Dunkirk MSOA is one of the five, sitting alongside Leeds Hyde Park at the lower end of infections, with Oxford Central topping the list, followed by Durham City, then North Jesmond in Newcastle upon Tyne. Vaccination rates and problems for students having to self-isolate at the end of tenancies were also featured in the article.
On Friday 13 August 2021, James Gant, writing for the Mail on Line, reported that, as a tool for deal with anti-social behaviour and housing shortages, Edinburgh is scheduled to become the first British city to require landlords to apply for planning permission before putting their homes up as short-term (Airbnb) lets.
On Saturday 3 July 2021 Gavin Havery, Senior Report for The Northern Echo, reported that civic leaders in Durham are suggesting that the soaring infection rate in Durham may be linked to the city's student areas, with fears that the Delta variant of the virus is being passed into the wider community.