Universities across the country have had an influx of applications this year with more students wanting experience life at university. But with an increased number of applicants and a shortage of accommodation, the student rental market is now experiencing a crisis.
First-year students at the region's biggest institutions such as the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford are currently struggling to find homes and flats to live in during the next academic year due to a lack of supply and increased demand.
Estate agents Savills recently branded the student rental market a 'perfect storm' after it revealed that the number of properties available for students to rent in Manchester is down 10 per cent on the normal amount for this time of year prior to the pandemic.
Earlier this week first year students at Manchester Metropolitan University reported issues with finding a place to stay in the city through the university’s accommodation portal.
The university has been forced to offer its new students £100 a week to live in ‘temporary options’ with private hall partners in Liverpool and Huddersfield while it works to secure places for student within the city.
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) says the accommodation crisis has come after it had ‘significantly more offer-holders than anticipated’.
“This year’s student rental market is a perfect storm in that there’s a shortage of suitable stock and a high volume of applicants, all at once," John-Paul of Savills said.
“We saw students contacting our offices as early as April this year, looking to secure a property ahead of September, with most willing to pay rent over the summer to ensure that their accommodation was secured.
“It’s really a case of you snooze, you lose – and we can expect competitive bidding to heighten the closer we get to the new academic year starting, continuing to push rents up.”
With many students still desperately searching for a place to stay, we have rounded up some of the best, and cheapest, student accommodation that is still available to rent in Manchester.
Manchester University are offering incoming students £2,500 to live off-campus after revealing they are 'just over' 350 rooms short in halls to meet demand - despite offering freshers an 'accommodation guarantee'.
University bosses say they have secured extra accommodation in Preston and Liverpool as a 'contingency', but hope enough students who live in commuting distance to campus will take up the offer.
Mauldeth Road, Fallowfield
This six-bed student house in Fallowfield has rooms available for the next academic year and is ideal for students at Manchester Metropolitan University or the University of Manchester.
The terraced property has been recently refurbished throughout and has an entrance hallway, a bright and spacious living area with patio doors and a modern kitchen.
There are seven good sized double bedroom, two bathrooms and an enclosed courtyard area outside.
Brook Road, Fallowfield
Also in Fallowfield is an eight-bed home suitable for students starting university this September.
The semi-detached property has eight double bedrooms, a spacious lounge, a modern kitchen dining area with two fridge freezer and three bathrooms.
There is also a cellar that comes with washing machines and dryers.
Hyde Grove, Manchester
There is a double room still available to rent in a student house that is within walking distance to both Manchester universities.
Renshaw House comes fully furnished with 10 double bedrooms, a shared communal lounge and kitchen with a fortnightly cleaner, and three bathrooms.
The home is spacious and benefits from a communal garden.
Murray Street, Salford
A student house in Salford, near to the University of Salford has rooms available for students this academic term.
The five-bed end-terrace property comes fully furnished with five double bedrooms, a kitchen dining room, a living room and two bathrooms.
Students living here get the added benefit of a TV, washing machine and bills included in the monthly rent.
Moseley Road, Manchester
Located in Fallowfield opposite one of the University of Manchester's campus is a three-bed apartment that is available for students to rent this term.
The flat comes fully furnished with a communal kitchen, lounge area, three bedrooms and one bathroom.
The modern development is fully secure with an electronic key fob system controlling entry and exit from the site.
Wilmslow Road, Manchester
This student complex has a three-bed flat available to let this term. Mayfair Court is a secure student accommodation built around two central landscaped courtyard.
The rental flat comes with a communal kitchen and lounge area, three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The fully furnished apartments benefit from floor to ceiling windows, washer, dryers and laminate flooring.
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