When people think of student accommodation they’ll often think of messy rooms, unwashed dishes and generally grotty living spaces. Although they may become this over time (although a
new report suggests even that could be a myth), universities have a big responsibility to provide good quality, well furnished and safe accommodation.
So who are students raving about?
This year’s WUSCA winner for the accommodation category was Bangor University.
Moving up two places from last year, and placing in the top three in two other categories, this has been a good WUSCA year for the Welsh university.
Students recommended their accommodation because they felt safe, the fact they were new, they thought they had a better room than their friends at other unis and generally felt at home. Other students said...
2 nd Place
Securing another second place position in the awards, Harper Adams continued their WUSCA success in the accommodation category. This isn’t the first time Harper Adams have won this accolade either, as at last year’s awards they placed in the exact same position.
Offering both on and off campus accommodation, as well as both catered and self catered, students loved their comfortable rooms, the size of the accommodation and the fact they had a laundry and cleaning services as an option.
3 rd Place
Taking home third place was last year’s winner Loughborough University. This university is another institution that has done well at the WUSCAs, as they were nominated in an incredible nine categories.
Students told us that their accommodation was modern, value for money and of a good size. Comments included...
Do Students Feel at Home?
The biggest satisfaction increase across the awards was in the accommodation category. With many universities redeveloping or building entirely new accommodation for its students, higher education institutions are really investing beyond their campuses.
Our Director of Insights, Aaron Porter says, “Gone are the days where universities are associated with poor accommodation and residences, typically students will be spoilt for choice with ever increasing demands. There remains a tension to provide this at good value for students, and that there is sufficient choice."
So where in the UK are students happiest with their accommodation? Turns out it’s in Wales and the North East, with both getting an average 3.84 out of 5 star rating (76.8%). Although Wales’s success isn’t a massive surprise given that Bangor University won this particular category.
The East Midlands closely followed for accommodation satisfaction, with a 76.6% average rating.
London produced the lowest satisfaction rating (72.8%) for accommodation. This isn’t the only category where this has happened, as they also scored poorly for overall satisfaction and job prospects.
The Accommodation category was sponsored by Urbanest