The Proposal

Need for student housing in London

The growth in full-time student numbers in recent years in London has not been matched by an increase in provision of accommodation by universities. Currently in London just 27% of students who are in need of accommodation (ie not living at home) are able to be housed in purpose-built student accommodation compared to the UK average of 35%. Overall full-time student numbers in London has risen steadily since the Millennium and are close to an all-time peak.

Research shows that there is a significant gap between accommodation availability and demand in the central sub-region of London (which Southwark sits in) when the student numbers of Universities in this area are taken into account.

There is evidence that the number of all-student households in the local area is high, especially in Grange ward.

More detailed information is available upon request from a comprehensive needs study.

Steps taken

Following the engagement and consultation with local residents we reviewed feedback and took on board comments prior to submitting the planning application in July 2018.

Consultation with Southwark Council, stakeholders and members of the local community continues.

Thank you for taking the time to consider our proposals.

Research shows that there is a significant gap between accommodation availability and demand in the Central sub-region of London (which Southwark sits in) when the student numbers of Universities in this area are taken into account.

Central Sub-Region UAL (LCC and CCA) LSBU (Southwark campus) Total – UAL and LSBU
A. Total full-time students (HESA 15/16) 166,120 5,800 10,367 16,167
B. Number of students who live at home (HESA) 31,015 879 593 1,472
C. Total in need of accommodation (A-B) 135,105 4,921 9,774 14,695
D. Provision of PBSA (Institution Managed/Owned+Private Sector) 37,936 1,479 1,204 2,683
E. Current Gap – Number (C-D) 97,169 3,442 8,570 12,012
F. (%) Level of Provision (D/C) 28.1% 30.1% 12.3% 18.3%

 

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