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  • Student Accommodation

    Increase in Overseas Student numbers?

    I've just read an article in Landlord Today which contradicts everything I've seen and heard.

    They claim overseas student numbers are going up. What do other student landlords think?

    https://www.landlordtoday.co.uk/breaking...ommodation

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    It does seem odd especially as that article says students are opting for HMO's, yet on HMO groups on Facebook there is a lot of chatter about landlords struggling to fill rooms via the usual routes such as gumtree and spareroom.

    Maybe these students are finding house shares by other portals or means?

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    Hello Dom,

    My take on this is 1) the article is really only referring to international students, and doesn't reference the UK student numbers, and 2) …..it's a press release from Housing Hand, the rent guarantor service.  I always look for the writer's agenda in a press release.  I've been looking at student numbers recently for one of our clients, and as always, statistics can be interpreted in multiple ways!

    All the best

    Helen


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    That makes sense Helen.

    I've heard that overseas students tend to opt for the new PBSA blocks.

    Traditionally, overseas student tend to look in August/September for accommodation. My letting agent told me there was a sharp decline during this period last year.

    That would tie in with the release of a large number of new pods.

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    It can be hard to see past the promotion and spin from those with something to gain from investors going into the student market Dom, that's for sure!

    We're seeing some of the student accommodation providers (eg. Fortis) telling landlords that they're not getting rebookings or new bookings at the same rate as previous years.  Now, that could be an issue with their accommodation, or a reflection of reduced demand.  We'll know more in the next few weeks, once the UK A Level results are out and Clearing starts. But I do always consider the source of any information, and ask what they have to gain from putting out their version of the stats.

    All the best

    Helen

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    So, I've been waiting to comment on this thread because I didn't want to contradict. However  I've had three sets of international students ask for my property in the last fortnight, despite coming onto the market in the last month.

    Perhaps, I'm a lucky minority but I've not notice this.

    Good luck to those still looking

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    Just out of interest, what countries have your students been from?

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    Hi

    China x3

    Then Canada which we ended up letting to

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