Students sign up for accommodation despite uncertainty over universities reopening

Nicola Jones on 12 May 2020
Students sign up for accommodation despite uncertainty over universities reopening

Students are signing up for university accommodation for the next academic year despite being unsure about returning in September, research by Student Hut has found. 

30% of students say they have signed accommodation contracts for 2020/21, with this rising to 55% of first-year students and 40% of second-year students.

At the same time, 68% of students say they aren’t ready for schools and universities to open yet, and more than one in ten would be happy if teaching was postponed entirely for a year. 

Students are in a difficult position. They are worried about COVID-19, but they also want to sort out their university plans and accommodation for the coming year. They may be tying themselves into financial contracts that they aren’t able to use, or afford, after lockdown. Clear guidance from accommodation providers and universities on students’ rights would help to reassure students as we wait for more information on what will happen in September.

- Katherine Nicholls, Director of Research at Student Hut.

The findings have come from a project to track student opinion and attitudes during the COVID-19 crisis.

The project will provide weekly updates showing the change in student attitudes from the UK’s most engaged and diverse student panel, taken from an audience of one million users and over 150,000 subscribers. 

Nicola  Jones
Nicola Jones on 12 May 2020