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Students in Wales are facing an increase of up to 11% in rental charges for private university accommodation, according to a survey.

Four out of the six main towns and cities show students will have to pay more per week on average, Accommodation for Students website say.

The biggest Welsh rise comes in Bangor where last year's average weekly rent has risen from £59.22 to £65.87.

The figures do not include university-owned accommodation.

But Newport students will not pay any more on average than last year while those living in Pontypridd will see a drop.

Luke Young, president of NUS Wales, said a rise in the cost of accommodation was "deeply worrying" at a time when students are already feeling the pinch.

"As the cost of private accommodation rises, students will be actively comparing prices to see what they can afford," he said.

"The immediate concern is that for some students it may mean choosing poor quality housing to keep budgets under control.

"Students are already feeling the pinch, so we need to be aware how price rises will have an impact."

Cardiff students will see an average £3.59 per week rise to £61.07 while those in Swansea will have to pay £2.42 more on average at £60.17.

Students in Aberystwyth will have a very small rise at £62.01 per week with Newport seeing the status quo maintained at £60.93.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-14590301

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Suppose this is landlords making hay, after all things will be a lot grimmer from next yr onwards. Not that anyone buying into this b0llocks will have thought that far ahead.

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The simple solution is to go to a commutable uni and stay with Mum and Dad. Thats what I did.

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The simple solution is to go to a commutable uni and stay with Mum and Dad. Thats what I d

A friend of mine has a son who is about to go to uni - first person in her family to do so. She is good, hard-working single Mum who stills thinks that doing a degree will be financially rewarding for her son. There seems to be no understanding of the debt that will be involved.

Anyhow, her son had a choice of going to Swansea Uni - 5 miles from their home - or Lampeter which is a good 40 miles away. The Lampeter course allows him to go to Italy once during the degree course if he pays £200. Basically, if he had stayed at home his Mum would still have got some benefits for him and his costs would have been less than him paying to stay in Lampeter. In other words, the money saved by staying at home would have paid for the Italy trip several times over.

Can't tell some people though.

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Due to the rents rising so much we are finding many students looking at residential lets simply because the cost is the same and the properties are in a much better condition, but only 2 can share otherwise a HMO licence is required by the landlord.

At least Swansea is now the cheapest according to the story. Swansea used to be the most expensive. I imagine that is down to the properties not being updated in general for so many years.

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Due to the rents rising so much we are finding many students looking at residential lets simply because the cost is the same and the properties are in a much better condition, but only 2 can share otherwise a HMO licence is required by the landlord.

At least Swansea is now the cheapest according to the story. Swansea used to be the most expensive. I imagine that is down to the properties not being updated in general for so many years.

As you know, plenty of HMOs in Brynmill, Uplands and Mount Pleasant for sale now with HMO licences for a few years. The landlords clearly deciding it is better to sell than to do up the properties to be attractive places to rent.

Or is it because the market is saturated?

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A friend of mine has a son who is about to go to uni - first person in her family to do so. She is good, hard-working single Mum who stills thinks that doing a degree will be financially rewarding for her son. There seems to be no understanding of the debt that will be involved.

Anyhow, her son had a choice of going to Swansea Uni - 5 miles from their home - or Lampeter which is a good 40 miles away. The Lampeter course allows him to go to Italy once during the degree course if he pays £200. Basically, if he had stayed at home his Mum would still have got some benefits for him and his costs would have been less than him paying to stay in Lampeter. In other words, the money saved by staying at home would have paid for the Italy trip several times over.

Can't tell some people though.

It is not always as simple as that, you have to also consider that some only go to university to escape living at home.... ;)

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Yet I've seen a lot of recent articles saying that students are 'demanding' much higher spec accomm. than the trad shared house, as in PB studios/flatlets. Particularly now, wouldn't have thought any but the best off (inc. many foreign) students could afford them.

Maybe it was just VI claptrap, those trying to flog them with lures of x% yields. .

OTOH the other day I saw an article saying that in many areas student LLs are going to feel the pinch, since so many students will be choosing local unis and living at home to save costs.

Provided of course that their local uni provides the course they want and the offer is going to = their grades.

Not always that simple.

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This doesn't just affect students. If you need to rent a family house with 3 bedrooms in Cardiff, you'll pay at least £750 per month, not including utilities, unless you're willing to live in Gabalfa, Pentwyn, Llanrhymney or Smellins St Mellons (which I wouldn't be) where it's more like £600 - £625, but the contents insurance premium will be huge.

Landlords don't even have to have a license for a 3 bedroom property. Cardiff council only has mandatory licensing for HMOs which have 3 or more storeys, and are occupied by 5 or more persons (except in the Cathays ward where all HMOs have to be licensed.)

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The simple solution is to go to a commutable uni and stay with Mum and Dad. Thats what I did.

And that's what I did too. I could have gone to pretty much most universities with my grades but chose my local Welsh one. 100% understand the people saying not to even bother with that and become a professional apprentice somewhere but if you're gonna go then this is a good option.

Spoke to someone recently who was a hardcore University-for-free-is-everything-type and I told him about what I did and he didn't like it at all "b..b..b..ut part of University is living away from home!". P-off. Clutching at straws.

We already have a two-tier system whereby all the good students often avoid their local unis. If more go to their local one we'll level out the system a bit.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-14590301

The immediate concern is that for some students it may mean choosing poor quality housing

What a shameful, property porn comment.

Students would be so lucky to have the choice. Did you care about twigs or magnolia as a student?

The 'poor quality housing' - read: affordable, perfectly OK digs that students rented for decades - is now almost impossible to come by.

The Unis have sold off all their Halls of Residence to property developers.

I posted an article awhile back . . can't find it right now . . . where privatised Halls of Residence are now asking £1000 a month. (For good quality housing of course.)

The same thing happens with the food price hike . . . where Unis have outsourced all the catering to global companies. 'Captive market = Big Profits'.

There should be more reaction to this, but it seems our students are totally clueless and apathetic these days.

Or maybe our students are now just the wealthy from foreign countries.

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Suppose this is landlords making hay, after all things will be a lot grimmer from next yr onwards.

I've been seeing this sentence every year on this board since 2005. Are you sure you're talking about 2012?

Don't get me wrong I wouldn't mind a little crash but after all those years I think the world will end first before we have a proper house price crash in the UK.

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Don't get me wrong I wouldn't mind a little crash but after all those years I think the world will end first before we have a proper house price crash in the UK.

I fear you are correct, Pole.

The Irish and Spanish property crashes were from huge construction booms . . . there was never a housing shortage in Ireland, yet they started building nearly three properties for every member of the population. Spain built for an influx that never arrived.

'Affordable' property in UK has been kept in short supply or . . . more to the point . . . deliberately kept empty. There was a post on here today about Scottish house prices. I read somewhere else that there are 23,000 long term unoccupied homes in Scotland. (Think according to Scottish Shelter.) There are 160,000 people on waiting lists. But none of those 23,000 will ever become available. It might crash the market.

To get back on topic, students are being priced out of even a room with an awful landlady.

But who needs education.

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I thought University was partly about getting away from the apron-strings and exploring your independance. How can you do this when you go home each evening for your tea? Another hidden side to huge debt and rent rises.

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I thought University was partly about getting away from the apron-strings and exploring your independance. How can you do this when you go home each evening for your tea? Another hidden side to huge debt and rent rises.

I mentioned that above. It is, and that that's the excuse many give, but it shouldn't be. Far, far too many people treat university as a ride and this would sort it out. Not for a second suggesting all-work-and-no-play but it's clear we've gone WAY too far in the wrong direction.

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I thought University was partly about getting away from the apron-strings and exploring your independance. How can you do this when you go home each evening for your tea? Another hidden side to huge debt and rent rises.

Excellent comment.

And not just about University either.

I left home when I was 17. Couldn't wait. And it was doable then. £3 quid a month to share a cave in Hampstead with 5 other guys and gals. But independence seemed very important to people in the sixties . . . far more important than what TMP's journalist describes as, 'poor quality housing'.

I have a 30 year old nephew who's never left home. I could feel sorry for him with poor work prospects and so on. But he has no problem paying £50 quid a month for his iPhone or spending £70 quid on a 'designer' T-shirt when he's working. Buying his own loaf of bread, however, is completely beyond his competence.

So . . . it's not just about huge debt. We have peddled the youth of today a lot of nonsense aspirations.

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I've been seeing this sentence every year on this board since 2005. Are you sure you're talking about 2012?

Don't get me wrong I wouldn't mind a little crash but after all those years I think the world will end first before we have a proper house price crash in the UK.

And I've been seeing the 'it hasn't happened yet, therefore it won't' logic applied just as often ;)

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