Author Archives: Alec McKenzie


How To Promote Happiness & Wellbeing In Your Student Accommodation

The leap to university can be a daunting experience. One in four UK students suffer from mental health problems, fitting the wider patchwork of contemporary anxiety and depression in the developed world. Yet our environments have a part to play in how we feel… Bland, greying structures are bound to spur symptoms of mental disassociation,…

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Cultural Differences To Consider When Designing Student Accommodation

The UK carries a lot of weight in the global student market. Thanks to our quality of life, educational facilities and largely metropolitan outlook, there’s every reason to see why 19% of the British higher education system consists of international students. What impact does this have on accommodation providers, both at a typical housing and…

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Student Accommodation & the Uni Experience: 3 Crucial Factors

Student Accommodation & the Uni Experience: 3 Crucial Factors For most students, university is their first time moving away from home – and they’re not just looking for a roof overhead or a place to store their books. Expectations have changed from when students wanted nothing more than a place to rest their heads. Now…

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The Biggest Issues Facing Student Accommodation Providers

The Biggest Issues Facing Student Accommodation Providers Student accommodation providers have always had challenges to overcome, just like any property developer or commercial landlord has. But aside from the problems that recur year after year, what issues should you be looking out for now? We’ve looked at the challenges you’re likely to come up against…

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How to Minimise Student Dropout Rates

How to Minimise Student Dropout Rates At the moment, the UK has one of the best university retention rates in the world. 71% of the UK’s students complete their courses, compared to 49% in the US and 31% in Australia. However, with increased fees, a volatile job market, and the fact that few institutions have…

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The Life Cycle of a Mattress

The journey of the mattress has been one of innovation, creativity, and varying levels of comfort. From sleeping on leaves, to discovering the waterbed in 3,600 BC, the mattress continues to play a pivotal role in how we shape our sleep. Discover the creation of the mattress, how to ensure your properties are fire-safety compliant,…

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Mental Health: How Can Student Accommodation Providers Provide Support

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  Living away from home for the first time is scary. For a young person with a small sum of money to last an entire semester, the pressures of studying and the move away from their support networks can be the start of serious mental health issues. Sure, to many students it’s all an adventure but to an…

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Plugging The Gap: Servicing The Typical Student

  The last 5 years have seen a huge focus in developing high-end student accommodation. There are some really creative and luxurious accommodations around, but there is evidence that this is creating a gap in the market. Before investors flock to continue building more luxury blocks, it’s important to consider the demographic in the proposed…

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The Benefits of Co-Living Accommodation

    There’s no denying that PBSA has seen one of the largest portions of investments in the entire housing market, in fact 2016 saw 3.1bn injected into the market but, with the clear majority of funds going into high-end student accommodation developments, what trends are emerging and how can we add a fresh twist…

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Accommodation Providers: Are You Ready For Clearing?

  Today is one of the most important in the student Calendar – the day that 416, 310 new students have had their university places confirmed. As you’ll well know this will mean a flurry of excited accepted applicants rushing to get a place in their preferred accommodation and a myriad of new enquiries scoping…

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