STUDENT ACCOMMODATION & THE SUMMER OF 2014
Unipol One-Day Seminar, Thursday, 30 October 2014
Unipol has announced a new event, a one-day seminar on Student Accommodation and the Summer of 2014: Volatility in the Market, Overspills, Undershoots and Late Buildings'.
Government announced an extra 30,000 student places in Higher Education for 2014-2015. Unipol asks the question: 'What happened and what was the effect on student accommodation this year?'.
'The seminar will look at student accommodation supply, demand and allocations in the light of:
- the additional student places available
- the extra 6% flexibility in intake that institutions were given
- the increased competition and stratification within the HE sector
- the working out of the system of the 2012 drop in student intake with the introduction of high cost fees
Some developments over this summer are already clear:
- institutional intake varied widely (and sometimes unpredictably) between HEIs
- not all institutions increased intake - some took less
- late buildings re-appeared with all the problems that brings
- the demand for student accommodation was increasingly unpredictable.
All of this against a backdrop of rising consumer expectations and demands often in a climate of cut-throat competition to attract and retain students.'
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