Universities and student accommodation providers in the UK are calling for
the government to introduce alternative quarantine arrangements for
international students this summer.
They say that quarantine hotels will not cope with the number of students
coming to the UK from 'red list' countries, but purpose-built student
accommodation (PBSA) providers can cope.
And universities have been offering to help international students
financially who are coming from these red list countries by paying for the
cost of their quarantine.
However, the universities say that from September these quarantine
arrangements are unclear, and a decision needs to be made by the government
on how the influx of international students will be handled.
The cost of a government-approved quarantine hotel for those from a red
list country is £1,750.
Now, it has been revealed that PBSAs are willing to quarantine students who
are coming from red list countries.
PBSA accommodation partners have the capacity
Most PBSA accommodation partners have stated they have the capacity to help
and a number have met with university representatives to highlight to
authorities that international students can quarantine in managed
accommodation and still meet government protocols.
The managing director of Study Group, James Pitman, also
told one website that the student numbers will be an issue.
He says that around 50,000 students could be coming from India which is on
the red list and the quarantine hotels will simply not have the capacity to
deal with that influx.
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said that the government
has 'thousands of hotel rooms' that are available for further demand and
agreements are in place for the summer.
The managing director of Accommodation for Students, Simon Thompson, said:
"This is a situation that needs to be closely monitored and the alternative
quarantine offering from the PBSA sector is one that needs to be looked at
very carefully by the government."
Various universities have been offering financial help to their
international students, for example, the University of Salford is offering
up to £750 for those who are starting summer courses there.
The University of Lincoln says it will reimburse students for their entire
quarantine costs after enrolling - with a free transfer service from their
quarantine hotel to Lincoln.
The University of Bristol has also offered to reimburse international
students for their quarantine stay.
London's next property hotspot revealed
Meanwhile, one real estate firm has identified an area in central London
that could be the next property hotspot.
says the W2 postcode will soon enjoy landmark redevelopments and the
arrival of Crossrail at Paddington station.
They say that properties in the postcode are undervalued currently when
compared with neighbouring areas.
The firm's head of residential development research, Oliver Knight, said:
"The pandemic has underscored the value of residential areas close to open
spaces and parks. Combined with the transformation of the area, W2 is a
neighbourhood that stands to benefit."