Student housing demand study

In January 2013, consultants DTZ produced for the Salford City Council an independent assessment of the likely demand for purpose built student accommodation to help inform planning applications and future policy. 

DTZ have considerable experience in advising universities and investors about the viability of accommodation proposals. The Salford student housing demand study can be downloaded below.

The study looks at changes in the higher education sector nationally and in Salford using consultation with the University of Salford accommodation officers, letting agents and existing specialist providers. The resulting study included assessments of:

  1. Existing and likely future student numbers and numbers requiring accommodation taking into account the proportion of students at the University of Salford who study from home, and the needs of other Greater Manchester higher education institutes
  2. A review of the current state of provision, including the level of vacancies and the quality of accommodation
  3. The likely future supply of accommodation based on extant planning permissions and the proposed closure of accommodation by the University of Salford as part of its campus plan

The study concluded that there was already excess capacity in the student accommodation market. Once the university complete their student village in 2017 the amount of accommodation in the market will be well in excess of requirements.

The study has successfully informed planning applications for student accommodation. In February 2014, an appeal for the provision of 159 one bed student accommodation at Meadow Road, Salford was dismissed (planning reference 12/61928/OUT). The planning inspector for the appeal placed considerable weight on the DTZ report and stated:

"...the DTZ report seems reasonable in establishing current and projected need, particularly as there is no projection of increases in the student population." (paragraph 15 of the inspector's decision.)

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This page was last updated on 6 April 2016

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