Belfast student housing needed in other parts of the city
March 23, 2012 1 Comment
Currently student housing is mainly concentrated in the area of Holyland. Holyland’s annual expenditure on services such as policing, wardens and cleaning has risen from £0.5m in 2006 to £2.7m in 2010. This high cost, which is ever increasing, is becoming unsustainable and thus becoming an issue for Holyland.
The report also highlighted the need more student housing in general for the city of Belfast. The universities in Belfast have a mere 2,600 rooms available for students whilst a total of 42,000 students are present in Belfast. Estimates show that only one in every 16 students studying in Northern Ireland can get a place in halls. On the other hand, one in five students in the similar sized cities of Nottingham, Cardiff and Leeds are able to obtain places in halls.
Thus there is a need for student accommodation halls by independent companies to be built in Belfast. There is also the worry that there is too much reliance on houses and flats in the private-sector for students with little to no regulation. The report suggests the implementation of a accreditation scheme for student housing, as well finding locations for new student houses outside of Hoyland.
The report also recommends some future developments for Holyland. Environmental improvement suggestions such as cutting off traffic in certain areas as well as the removal of a bus service to the University of Ulster will hopefully discourage students overtaking the area.
Image: flickr/bea y fredi