The effect of student accommodation on the local areas in Portsmouth

Gribble, David (2011) The effect of student accommodation on the local areas in Portsmouth. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation studies the impact that student accommodation has on the private rental market in Portsmouth and how the council is attempting to reduce the spread of student HMOs. Student and local resident attitudes are examined and the motivations of student landlords investigated.

    This study is based on students living in private rented HMO accommodation, not those living in halls of residence. Some academic material is available on students living in halls of residence but little research has been done as to the impact students have on the UK property market, and none specific to Portsmouth.

    The investigation set out to identify the views of students, local residents and letting agents. A total of 40 questionnaires were completed by students and 26 by local residents asking them to voice their opinions on housing preferences, community interaction and the neighbourhood in which they live. Interviews were undertaken with letting agents to discover their experiences of managing student properties. An interview was carried out with a member of the Portsmouth City Council Planning Department to explore the motivation and details behind new legislation intended to limit the effects of studentification.

    Analysis of the data would appear to support the findings of the literature review in that Portsmouth experiences the same studentification issues as other cites with Universities. The Article 4 legislation was found to align with the desires of the residents to prevent the increased saturation of HMOs. Student preferences were found to correlate with the studentification issues raised by the literature review, regarding the areas of Portsmouth in which students desire to live. Finally the student rental market was found to be desirable to landlords due to the high returns available and the limited additional financial and time inputs required.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2011 15:37
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:48

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