“Many universities are investing heavily in their academic estates, however, the same attention has not been given to students’ living spaces and with the increasing evidence of mental health issues on the increase, universities ignore this aspect of student experience at their peril.” – Julian Robinson, Director of Estates, London School of Economics
The rise in higher education tuition fees, has increased the expectation of quality, innovation and standards of living from student accommodation providers. The PBSA sector has drastically changed in recent years, students are more cost conscious and seek value for money as paying customers. Quality of PBSA is crucial in this culture of higher expectation, as students are becoming more aware of the environmental aspects of accommodation that enhances the overall experience.
The crucial role of an accommodation provider in supporting student wellbeing has become more recognised, statistics in Knight Frank and UCAS 2018 Student Accommodation Survey, revealed 99% of students said the standard of their accommodation had an influence on their wellbeing, with 79% saying it was an “important” or “very important” factor. Accommodation providers have a responsibility of creating an environment that promotes positive wellbeing.
Join us for the annual Student Accommodation Conference where leaders in the sector will discuss innovative ways of improving the student experience, creating infrastructure with students in mind, whilst building a community and framework which supports mental health needs.