A third of landlords are turning students away from their properties because they’d rather rent to professionals who are less “messy”, research from EasyRoommate claims.
Research from the frim suggests that the average cost of rent for a double bedroom in London is £692 pcm.
Professionals and retirees are on average willing to pay £636 pcm and £616 pcm respectively, whereas students are on average only willing to pay £580 pcm, more than £100 below that of the national monthly average.
The research also highlighted that around 40% of students choose their flatshare according to its proximity to the university campus with a “stark reality” between how close to the campus students would like to live and what they can actually afford.
A spokesman from EasyRoommate said: “Buying a property in the UK is becoming increasingly unaffordable, driving-up demand and prices for those wanting to rent.
“Research suggests that by 2025 over 50% of 20-39 years olds will be privately renting.
“This is a major issue for the future generation, especially students: they will not only face unlikely odds of becoming home owners but also increased competition within the rental market from high earning professionals and retirees with bigger budgets.”
As the majority of universities are located within popular cities, students could end up having to exceed their budget by up to 50% to live close to a university campus in London.
Students studying at Kingston University at the Roehampton campus would spend between £500 and £600 pcm on rent for a double bedroom.
For students studying at Queen Mary University, a similar room would cost between £700 and £800 pcm.
As you move further into Central London the prices continue to rise. For students studying at the London School of Economics, a budget exceeding £800 pcm would be required to find a double bedroom to rent.
The spokesman added: “Unfortunately, students will face many hurdles in their hunt to secure good accommodation.”
There are two hurdles that are becoming increasingly concerning and are rarely taken into consideration.
Competition from professionals seeking a room is on the increase. From 2014(Q2) to 2015(Q2) the number of professionals renting a room grew by 5.4%. As of 2015, they account for 72% of the renters.