Research Reveals Accommodation Shortage in Bristol and Other UK University Towns
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Research Reveals Accommodation Shortage in Bristol and Other UK University Towns

14 August 2023
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Research Reveals Accommodation Shortage in Bristol and Other UK University Towns

Bristol's Student Housing Crisis

New research reveals a significant shortage of student accommodation in Bristol, one of the prominent university towns in the UK. According to a comprehensive study conducted by global real estate advisor CBRE, the imbalance between supply and demand has reached a critical point.

The analysis encompassed data from the 30 largest university towns and cities, highlighting the pressing issue faced by Bristol. The findings indicate a deficit of over 350,000 beds, showcasing the persistent disparity between the burgeoning demand for student housing and the limited availability of purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA).

Since 2018, merely 2,900 beds have been introduced in the South West city, whereas the requirement for PBSA has surged by a staggering 8,000 during the same period. Nick Reed, the Director of Residential Capital Markets at CBRE South West, underscores the magnitude of the challenge. He emphasizes that the UK's student population is at an all-time high and foresees a 25% surge in undergraduate applications to one million by 2030.

The existing gap between supply and demand is a clear indication of the dissonance between the pace of accommodation provision and the robust expansion of the student population. Both the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England retain their allure as sought-after educational institutions, drawing students from across the nation and around the world. The escalating demand for accommodation in these institutions shows no signs of abating, reinforcing the urgent need for swift action to address this issue.

CBRE's study extends beyond Bristol, highlighting a parallel situation in the nearby city of Bath. The student population in Bath has surged by 18% over the past five academic years, leading to an acute shortfall of 9,000 beds.

In conclusion, the research conducted by CBRE underscores the pressing and widespread demand-supply mismatch in student accommodation in both Bristol and Bath. As the student population continues to grow, it is imperative that concerted efforts are made to bridge this gap and provide adequate housing to meet the needs of the burgeoning academic community.

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