Student Accommodation Standards are Improving
I remember my student days, when both the expectations and reality of student accommodation were low. Cold houses with single glazing and drafty doors, smelly old sofas and beds. These were some of the best days of my life, but I had to put up with a tiny bedroom and no living room, as unscrupulous landlords converted the living-room into yet another bedroom. You lot expect a livingroom? Who do you think you are?
Well, it seems like things have been changing. With students now getting into huge amounts of debt to study, they now expect more quality than those who lived off grants and the cheaper old student loans. This, combined with greater financial contributions from wealthy parents has led to more money being in the market.
As with the general population, there has been a shift towards living in flats. As more and more of the former commercial properties in city centres are converted to residential flats, there has been in increasing amount of students choosing to live in the heart of the city. I remember my days living in the high crime areas outside the city centre, where pricing was cheap but muggings and anti-social behaviour was rife. Now students have much quicker access to the bars and clubs of urban areas.
Even great facilities, such as flat screen TVs and even dishwashers are included. Check out some of the lovely properties below:
Capland properties have built up a reputation as one of the best student accommodation providers in Sheffield, a city with a huge student population. There are two universities - Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam.
Capland recently won the 2017 award for ‘Outstanding Customer Service” for private housing. Rex Capland, who runs the business, confirmed the increase in expectations:
“We are a family run business, and are proud to have been providing first class student accommodation in Sheffield for over 50 years. The expectations of students have definitely gone up over the last decade, which has been great for us as we pride ourselves on the quality of both our accommodation and service.”
There are, of course, still plenty of bad student houses out there. Indeed, there are likely to be many students who treat properties with disregard. But of course, if the accommodation you're given in the first place has a dodgy boiler, horrible furniture and an infestation of pests, it’s no surprise that students will show less care for their temporary homes.