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Homes Fit for Study report

Homes Fit For Study

We are delighted to announce the launch of our groundbreaking Homes Fit for Study report. The response from the student movement was phenomenal, and as a result we received over 7,000 responses from students.

Today, we release the higher education findings and over the coming weeks and months we will be releasing further briefings on other groups including further education students and international students.

Some of the key findings of our research are:

  • Three quarters of respondents had a problem with the condition of their current home, including more than half who had damp, mould or condensation and almost a quarter who had a slug, mice or vermin infestation.
  • More than half of respondents paid £500 or more to secure their accommodation, and more than a third got into debt to meet these costs.
  • Only just over half of respondents were sure that their deposit had been protected and two in five had some or all of their deposit withheld.
  • Respondents whose property was accredited were more likely to be satisfied with the way their home was managed, and those whose property was managed directly by their landlord were more satisfied than those who dealt with an agent.
  • More than half of respondents had felt uncomfortably cold in their home.

We’re really excited by the opportunity this presents to work towards an improved private rented sector for students, with a solid evidence base to build from.

Some of our key recommendations are:

  • Ensuring that local authorities are properly resourced so that they can enforce housing standards
  • Proper regulation for letting agents, including an end to letting fees
  • Pushing educational institutions to recognise their role in supporting students into the private rented sector and increase the support available

Homes Fit For Study                   Info Graphic
Read the full report here             Infographic download


Now that we have this research at our fingertips, there’s lots students’ unions can do to get involved:

  • Meet with your institution to discuss the findings and how you can work together to respond
  • Use the research as a springboard to set up meetings with your local council or MP about local and national housing issues

Keep us updated on what you’re up to and we look forward to seeing where this work leads.

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