Student accommodation decision making: beyond the pandemic

Where students are going to live, particularly in their first year, plays an important role in young people’s decisions about which university to attend. Covid 19 has significantly transformed decision-making factors and priorities and will continue to do so over the next few years at least . This collaborative insight project will provide accommodation and residential life teams with intelligence about the expectations and needs of prospective students during and beyond the pandemic. It will help you develop your accommodation offer, wrap around services and marketing approach to continue to attract students and maximise your occupancy and retention.

Why join this project?

  • Inform your accommodation strategy and enhance the effectiveness of your marketing, communications and engagement with prospective students beyond the pandemic
  • Identify opportunities for new programmes or initiatives that could better attract students and maximise your occupancy and retention in the next few transition years.
  • Provide an evidence base to secure the necessary funding for accommodation planning and residential service development

What will the project explore?

The survey and online community guide will be shaped in conjunction with the universities and accommodation providers who choose to participate in this research project, based around the following crucial questions:

How does is work and what are the costs?

The strategic national collaborative insight costs £2,950 + VAT  to participate in and includes:

  • A quantitative survey of 1,000 prospective UK undergraduate students, primarily 16-18 year olds intending to attend university in the next few years
  • A two-day online research community, recruiting 30 prospective UK undergraduate students to share their thoughts experiences and views in more depth
  • A smart, succinct, highly visual report with practical recommendation to help you engage with prospective students more effectively.
  • Demographic and widening participation differences will be highlighted where appropriate
  • We’ll contextualise the findings using our previous research conducted prior to the COVID 19 crisis.
  • We’ll bring together participating institutions in online events to shape the project and to discuss the findings and ideas for action

In addition to joining the national project, you can also choose to add on bespoke options to tailor the research engagement even further to your own institution.

The project will commence in July and complete by September 2021 so get in touch now to arrange to talk if you’re interested to hear more.

For more information about how to join and a copy of the project outline click here to email Sharon Steele, Marketing and Client Communities Director, at