Overpriced student accommodation

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2013
Reference: 
2013/3391
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

A citizen from the north east of England whose daughter is coming to study at the University of the Arts London has written complaining about the "abundance of overpriced accommodation". What are you doing to prevent landlords from making so much profit from struggling students, and to help students find housing they can genuinely afford in London?

Answer

Answer for Overpriced student accommodation

Answer for Overpriced student accommodation

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Students in London tend to seek accommodation either in the private rented sector or in specialist student accommodation.

I am working to increase the supply of all types of housing in London, including encouraging investment in new, high quality private rented accommodation. I also produce a Rents Map that helps prospective tenants make informed choices about value for money.

The GLA has also been working, through its Academic Forum, with universities, private and charitable providers of student accommodation, and the National Union of Students, to explore options for developing additional student accommodation.