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Universities in Sheffield Still Attractive to Students

Sheffield has a student population of over 60,000; which equates to one in ten residents being students and 8,200 of those are international from countries outside the EU. Sheffield Hallam is the 7th largest university in the UK, with 31,484 students, and the University of Sheffield is home to just under 28,000 students. With these sorts of numbers, it is unsurprising that competition for accommodation is fierce and demand is high, as a room in university-owned halls is not always guaranteed.

Sheffield Student Numbers and the Demand for Student Accommodation

Sheffield Universities Use Social Media to Boost Student Numbers

Understanding the evolving way in which young people interact with technology, Sheffield Hallam university has employed new methods of attracting students by using social media apps such as Facebook Messenger, Twitter and Snapchat to fill the remaining places on courses according to Joe Field, social media manager at Sheffield Hallam. By adopting new methods to field suitable applicants, Sheffield Hallam can capture a new student audience who had not previously considered the university. Students that receive a place via Clearing do not always have the option to stay in university-owned halls as available rooms are limited and priority is given to students who chose that university as their first choice.

University of Sheffield Ranked Amongst Top for Student Satisfaction

According to the National Student Survey, the University of Sheffield ranked 14th for Student Satisfaction. Over the past few years, student satisfaction has risen to 88%, which is 4% above the national average. Within the Russell Group, it ranks second for student satisfaction. The university ranks particularly well on course teaching and the amount of resources available to students.

Along with ranking amongst the top for student satisfaction, the University of Sheffield also has a thriving student union. It has been awarded the Whatuni Student Choice Award for Best Students’ Union for the fourth year running. Having an effective student union is important to many new and current students. It enriches the whole experience by providing a supportive environment and societies to join and socialise in.

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The Need for Student Accommodation in Sheffield

According to research by Knight Frank, even though Sheffield has recently seen an influx of new student property developments, rental growth has largely been positive overall. There can be a few reasons why rents are increasing despite new developments becoming available. Firstly, older developments often become outdated and instead of being refurbished, are repurposed into other commercial property types. Secondly, as student numbers grow, as does the demand for accommodation. This factor negates the fact that more accommodation is being built.

Nebula – Sheffield Student Property Investment Opportunity

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Student property can often fetch higher yields than a buy-to-let, mainly because developments are in prime locations and students are more willing to pay a higher weekly rent. According to Knight Frank, students are willing to pay over £160 per week if it offers communal areas and good facilities such as en-suite bathrooms – both of which Nebula has. These attractive features will ensure that units in Nebula fetch healthy returns for investors. It’s also just a ten-minute walk from the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam making it a convenient choice for students.

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