A survey of 1,170 students, conducted by utilities provider Glide, has found that three out of four (76.9%) students in the UK are satisfied with their accommodation. 8.3% of students claimed to be completely satisfied.
The cost of rent was found to be a top consideration for most students when selecting a place to live, with two-thirds (65%) valuing a good price, and 82% ranking cost as one of their top two factors determining whether or not they take the property. The north of England was found to have the best prices for student accommodation in England, and joint best in the UK, tied with Wales and Northern Ireland.
But students were naturally concerned about other factors as well, such as fast broadband access and adequate storage space. 58% looked for rooms with a double bed, while another 58% said that large communal areas were an important factor. Only a quarter (25%) considered en-suite facilities a necessity.
But also, a high number of students (71.9%) rated inclusive bills as either an essential or an important factor when choosing a property, with one in ten students reporting having to bail out one of their housemates on a utility bill.
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