Blueprint for Sheffield student homes

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A blueprint has been drawn up to meet the accommodation needs of Sheffield’s 50,000 strong student population over the next five years.

Council planners have been working with the city’s two universities to make sure new and existing students are catered for and that Sheffield retains its reputation as one of the country’s most attractive destinations for undergraduates.

The strategy looks at the existing population, chaging Government policies and predicts the needs of students now and in the future.

It recognises that Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam universites are key to the city’s success, and that the student accommodation sector has changed radically over the last decade with a variety of new developments completed.

Coun Harry Harpham, cabinet member for homes and communities, said: “We know how important the student community is to Sheffield and to our economy. It is vital that we cater for new and existing student populations and that Sheffield has the right services to support them.

“We are working with both universities and students’ unions to make sure private landlords act responsibly, providing decent housing for students who are coming here, often their first time away from home.

“The strategy will also help us to shape planning policy so that we provide the right mix of housing for the city’s students, in the right places.

“We want to be one of the most student-friendly cities in the country.

“Our universities are growing and our student population is changing,” Coun Harpham added.

Karen Burke, Hallam’s accommodation services manager, said: “We have been working closely with the council and with our colleagues at the University of Sheffield to ensure quality provision of student accommodation in the city.

“ We hope to tackle the growing demand for high quality accommodation for our students in this collaborative way.”