Increased Choice

Many students studying in Manchester, particularly post-graduates and students from overseas, choose to stay in Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) because it is often more convenient, peaceful and tailored to the needs of students today.

The numbers of full-time students at the three City of Manchester Higher Education Institutions (The University of Manchester, The Manchester Metropolitan University and the Royal Northern College of Music) have increased by more than a third (37.9%) since the Millennium and total full-time student numbers are now at their highest ever levels.

Alternative to Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

There is a significant gap between the availability of purpose-built student accommodation and demand for it across the City of Manchester. More than 30,000 full-time students are currently not able to be housed in purpose-built student accommodation and are largely housed in private-rented accommodation.

Structure of demand for and provision of student accommodation by Higher Education Institution and across the City of Manchester.

  UoM MMU (Mcr Campus) RNCM Total – City of Manchester
A. Total full-time students (HESA 16/17) 36,910 28,030 945 65,885
B. Number of students who live at home 3,389 9,118 38 12,545
C. Provision of university maintained accommodation/agreements 7,894 2,924 300 11,118
D. Private sector purpose-built accommod’n

(Postcode Areas M1/2/4/13/14/15/60)

E. Total current purpose-built provision (C+D) 21,857
F. Current Gap – Number (A-B-E) 31,483
G. (%) Level of Provision (E/(A-B))       41.0%

By developing PBSA, we are providing an alternative to the use of HMOs which could instead be used as family homes.

Supporting Manchester’s universities and economy

In total, students in Higher Education in Manchester spend more than £1.5 billion per year with more than £700 million of this being off-campus expenditure. Overseas students are estimated to spend almost £190 million off-campus annually.

The combined economic impact of the three Manchester Higher Education Institutions on the City of Manchester is estimated to represent 4.9% of total economic output.

The three Higher Education Institutions in Manchester employ directly more than 18,000 people including more than 7,500 academic and 7,000 non-academic staff. This total represents 7.5% of the city’s employed workforce.

Spending in the local area by the students who will live at the Church Inn development is estimated to be between £450,000 and £550,000 per year.