Nottingham City Council, the University of Nottingham, and Nottingham Trent University launch a consultation on the plan for future of student living in Nottingham.The Student Living Strategy plan has been created to increase the choice and quality of student housing, maximise the benefits of a large student population, and better tackle any associated challenges for communities in Nottingham.
The Student Living Strategy marks the first time that Nottingham City Council, the University of Nottingham, and Nottingham Trent University have made a formal commitment to work together on shared priorities for housing and local services, and to maximise the benefits that students bring to Nottingham.
They have launched a consultation so people in the city can give feedback on the Student Living Strategy proposals. The public consultation will run until Friday 24 March 2023 and is open to everyone including students, residents, businesses, community groups and charities.
“Our universities and students are a fundamental part of Nottingham life and help to make the city the great place it is to live, work and play. We want Nottingham to be a city where people feel safe, an exciting and welcoming place, a city that is clean and environmentally sustainable, where we are ambitious for Nottingham people and businesses, and where everyone living here is proud of their city, their neighbourhood, and their local community.
“Our student community is vital to achieving this and with both universities bringing in millions to the economy each year, it is important that as a partnership we make sure students have the right places to live, that they become important members of the community and encourage more students to make this city their home after graduating.”Cllr Toby Neal, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Human Resources, Nottingham City Council
The Student Living Strategy sets out three main priorities:
- Improving the quality, safety, affordability and location of student accommodation, and encouraging a better balance of student housing choice across the city.
- Encouraging neighbourliness, where students contribute to creating a clean and sustainable environment, and tackling the impact of waste and noise.
- Increasing community cohesion, ensuring students are valued members of their communities and improving graduate retention in the city.
“This strategy will offer a new and positive partnership approach to dealing with challenges around ensuring the availability of good quality, appropriate housing for all Nottingham residents, building vibrant, positive communities and ensuring that we are capitalising on the talent and potential of the people who come to study and live in our city.
“We are keen to hear from students, other local residents and employers about how we achieve these positive outcomes for all.”Dr Paul Greatrix, Registrar, University of Nottingham
The council acknowledges that the rising numbers of students living in shared houses in Nottingham can reduce the number of homes available for families. By actively encouraging the development of purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) and using planning policy to restrict the conversion of family homes into shared rental properties, the council is aiming to ensure families aren’t priced out of the market.
The council will also continue to use property accreditation and rented housing licences such as Selective, Additional and Mandatory HMO licensing, to help raise housing standards in rented student housing and act when properties don’t meet requirements.
In recent years, the universities have funded up to 2,000 hours of additional Community Protection Officer patrols to tackle noise and antisocial behaviour in areas with the highest concentration of students. Student-facing campaigns encourage respect and participation in communities, including a ‘Welcome to the Community’ initiative; crime prevention; waste and recycling action days; leaflet drops; door knocking; and encouragement to become Community Engagement Ambassadors.
Going forward, the universities have made a joint commitment to invest around £1m into the prevention and enforcement of issues related to waste, noise and other ASB this year. This is around a three-fold increase in spend since 2019/20.
There are almost 62,000 full time students studying in the city. Each year, students undertake work placements and projects in Nottingham city businesses. Both universities run internship and placement schemes for students and graduates, with many in small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), charities or social organisations. In line with national figures, around 30% of graduates stay in Nottingham or the East Midlands, strengthening the city’s workforce.
“We are delighted and excited in this partnership working, which will further strengthen community relations and enable our students to feel welcomed and supported in calling Nottingham their home.
“This plan is the start of something really quite powerful and will benefit our great city enormously.”Michael Lees, Director of Campus Services, Nottingham Trent University