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University accommodation 'is undersupplied in London'

University accommodation 'is undersupplied in London'

Those planning UK university entry next year may struggle to find suitable accommodation in London, an expert has said.

Liam Bailey, head of residential research at Knight Frank, stated that the demand from foreign students to further their education in the capital has put accommodation under severe pressure.

"There has been a huge demand from overseas students for university space in London. University accommodation in London is very, very undersupplied," the expert noted.

Mr Bailey went on to say that as well as London universities, high profile institutions in other parts of the country are witnessing similar problems, with Manchester, Oxford and Cambridge struggling to meet the demand for places to live.

According to data from the UK Council for International Student Affairs, there were 405,810 overseas students attending UK universities in 2009/10, up from 368,970 in 2008/09.

England was home to the highest number, followed by Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Posted by Keith Broomer

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