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Changes in students’ accommodation expectations

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Changes in students’ accommodation expectations

By Dan Simpson, MAF Students – student accommodation in Sheffield

Some of you may remember the student accommodation from the past. Shared showers, uncomfortable flat single beds, concrete walls, tiny rooms with limited space and freezing communal areas come to mind. Studying took place in libraries, social activities took place outside of living areas and students ate in campus dining halls.

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Devonshire Point student accommodation, Sheffield.

But students of the present demand much more. They want a lifestyle associated with their accommodation, which is as important as the university and course they choose. So property developers have moved away from the traditional view of large, run down old houses. They are building smarter and modern, purpose built accommodation with clean bright décor and more facilities.

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Large student accommodation bedroom.

What do students expect from their accommodation?

Students want more luxury accommodation and better amenities.

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Student accommodation communal area.

Other expectations include:

  • Better quality furnishing instead of broken, old mix and match furniture bought as cheaply as possible.
  • Double beds – definitely no more single beds.
  • Fully fitted kitchens with more appliances such as washer dryers and dishwashers, and 2 fridge freezers for groups of four+ students.
  • High speed internet access. Gone are the days of the basic internet service. Technology is vital to today’s students, so we provide super fast broadband – and recently double and tripled speeds and capacity.
  • Properties which cater for smaller group sizes – six students and less which is preferred among students, instead of large houses for eight to 12 students.
  • Higher expectations for maintenance and repairs, where students are much more involved compared to non-student rentals.
  • Students want to live as close to their university and other amenities as possible. They are much less willing to travel, so are focused on a smaller geographical area or city centre accommodation.
  • Moving away from campus halls to be more independent. Even though students can stay in on-campus accommodation past their first year, many choose to move off-campus. The availability of institutional purpose build student accommodation makes this a viable option for many students.
  • A desire to move away from a ‘single room’ to a homely model living with their friends.
  • A greater demand for safety and security by both students and parents. They expect CCTV and access control on new developments – and security alarms and new door and window locks on individual houses.

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