Student rents have increased by as much as 10% over the past 12 months amid a severe housing shortage across the country, according to new research.
High tenant demand is pushing rental prices higher, especially in some of the larger towns and cities, including Cambridge, Surrey, Oxford and Edinburgh where five students are reportedly competing for each room available.
The housing shortage in the student sector is of particular concern in the south of the England and popular university towns, as well as London, where there are a number of large universities which naturally means that there is high demand for housing.
Part of the problem is the fact that students are increasingly having to compete with professionals for rooms, with the research by Spareroom.com revealing that almost a third of rooms for rent in top university towns are not currently available to students.
"Students aren't just battling rising rents, they're also affected by a private rental market struggling to cope with demand," said Matt Hutchinson, director of SpareRoom.co.uk.
Hutchinson pointed out that the regional disparities in rent values means that where a student opts to go to university can have a major impact on their level of debt post-graduation.
He continued: "The difference between rents for students at Imperial College in London, compared to those studying at St. Andrew's in Scotland, is a massive £792 a month. Over a three-year course the difference is eye watering.
"Even choosing Durham over Oxford could save you more than £7,000 in rent over three years."
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