The boom in student housing is continuing to grow in Liverpool as more student-only properties spread across the city than ever before.
With a new wave of freshers arriving in the city at the start of term, the ECHO can reveal that there were 10,851 student-only houses and flats in Liverpool at the last count in May 2018.ADVERTISING
That was around 800 more than in May 2017, and is nearly twice as many as the 6,031 counted in May 2009, when the figures first begin.
It’s extremely likely that the number has continued to grow even further in 2019, but figures are not yet available for this year.
It means that at least one in every 21 properties in Liverpool is now a student home – one of the highest concentrations of student housing in the country.
The explosion of student properties in Liverpool has often been a controversial one – with many recognising the boost it brings to the local economy, but others bemoaning the number of tower blocks being built.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said he doesn’t feel things have reached a saturation point yet.
He said: “I don’t think we are much different from other core cities – we have lots of surveys that show how much the city needs its student population.
“Of course we are disappointed that student properties don’t bring any income directly to the council – but the impact students have on the local economy in general is huge.”
“There will come a time when we need to call a halt on things – but I don’t think we have reached saturation point yet.”
Only Exeter, Nottingham, Leicester, Newcastle and Canterbury have more student accommodation in comparison to other properties.
The one in 21 figure does not include halls of residence – dedicated student accommodation that is usually managed by the university or in partnership with a private company.
There were 237 of these across Liverpool in May 2018 – again up from 199 in 2017, but fewer than the 404 halls that were operating in the city in 2019.
It shows a move away from university-run accommodation to privately-rented houses and flats – mostly likely because, in a lot of cases, it’s the cheaper option.
It’s a situation that also reflects the national trend, which has seen the number of student houses and flats increase while the number of halls has fallen in the last year.
Across England, there were 201,484 student-only properties in May 2018, up from 190,395 in the same month of 2017.
However, the number of halls of residence had dropped from 67,872 in 2017 to 63,995 last year.
Meanwhile, other parts of Merseyside have actually seen a decrease in the amount of student-only housing.
In Sefton there were 199 such properties, down from 268, in Knowsley there were 101, down from 105, in Wirral 214, down from 221, and in St Helens 79, down from 98.
Only Sefton also has any halls, with eight in the area – the same as in 2017, but down from 11 in 2009.
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