What’s the new trend in property preferences among university students post COVID lockdown?

By Jonathan Hudson | 29th May 2020 | Blog | Hudsons News

Hudsons have been speaking to a high number of students who are due to start or currently studying, at many of London’s world-renowned universities regarding their accommodation needs over the next academic year and beyond. The feedback we have received from them has been very interesting as new trends start to form post the COVID 19 lockdown.

It would seem that most universities will combine online lectures with smaller in-person tuition groups in a socially distanced capacity but with that much needed physical face to face learning still a priority. Some campus facilities will be impacted in the short term, including leisure facilities, libraries, canteens etc.

With this in mind, we have noticed students requesting the following:

  • First-year students looking to reside outside of Halls of Residence so they can have their own space and look after their own social distancing.
  • Requests for properties with more than one bathroom, so they do not have to share facilities.
  • Where two students are sharing an additional bedroom has been requested to enable each to have their living room/study area
  • Properties with their entrance or smaller blocks with less communal hallways lift so as to limit interaction with other residents.
  • Closer proximity to their university, so zero public transport is needed
  • Outside space: balcony, terrace, garden or close to green areas

Make an informed decision about your future accommodation

Whilst some students are proactive, there are still many who are watching to see what happens. The issue with waiting is they will likely end up with the leftovers. So if you’re a student and you’re not thinking about all the above points you now should, or risk, as we see every September and October having minimal options. Hudsons always recommends making informed decisions that will best serve the students' futures.

Never has there been so much choice in the rental market with many short let properties now available for long lets. Here are some of the reasons to get started today:

  • Now is a great time to secure a good price for the next academic year
  • Larger sharing properties which were not available for many years as they were only available for short lets
  • Get in quickly as prices will start to increase as stock levels fall and more students get busy securing their home for the next 12 months or more.
  • A broader selection of properties to satisfy new trends/ needs you may not have even thought about yet!

Read an interesting article on https://www.ft.com/content/8f2cbd16-f87b-4f7c-97d4-90a40b2142c2 for more information on the future trends of universities and students.

Our properties are all available to view on a virtual 360 tour, go online at hudsonsproperty.com, select some properties, then contact our team on +44 (0)20 7323 2277 or at [email protected] You will immediately be able to have a virtual tour with one of our dedicated, experienced members of staff, along with much-valued advice and local insight knowledge. Physical viewings are operational again with strict health and safety social distancing measures in place to protect both customers and staff.

Contact Hudsons today for more details.


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