|The most affordable student rents in the UK for those who are attending
university have been revealed.
According to one student accommodation platform, the most affordable
student rent is in the Liverpool L7 postcode.
This area is to home to the University of Liverpool and student tenants
there are paying £489 a month, on average.
The platform looked at all student rental property types and the average
monthly cost for students to live while attending university there.
The bills included socialising, transport, takeaways and groceries.
The University of Liverpool is the most affordable university in the UK
with an average of cost of living bill – including rent - of £894 a month.
Most affordable destination for student tenants
The University of Leicester is the next most affordable destination for
student tenants with rents in the LE1 postcode costing £550 a month, on
average, and a monthly bill of £931.
Leicester is followed by the University of Durham on £935, Lincoln with
£942 and Aberdeen with £995.
The top 10 of most affordable university destinations for student tenants
sees Lancaster, Aston, Leeds, then Birmingham and Newcastle offering
A spokesman for the platform explained that Liverpool tops their table with
a mix of low-cost accommodation to rent and a low cost of living.
The managing director of Accommodation for Students, Simon Thompson,
welcomed the survey and said: "For student tenants wanting a quality
education, understanding which universities will meet their needs but still
offer a low cost of living and low student rents, could be crucial.
"Attending university is not cheap and students should research the cost of
quality student accommodation for their second and third years."
Private student landlords urge to cut rent
Meanwhile, Staffordshire University has written to private landlords there
in a bid for them to offer student tenants a discount on their rent during
the latest Covid-19 lockdown.
The university wrote a joint open letter with Staffordshire University
Students Union to private landlords and it makes clear that landlords may
be struggling with their own financial situation – but because of the
pandemic, landlords are being urged to help students financially.
Also, private student landlords in Bristol have also received letters from
Bristol Students Union urging them to help with rent reductions for
students living in their private accommodation.
And, it has been revealed that public funds will be used to help students
in Northern Ireland pay their rent to private landlords there.
Northern Ireland's economy minister, Diane Dodds, has written to
universities urging them to contact and then negotiate with private
landlords in a bid to get them to consider helping students struggling to
pay their private accommodation rent.