This online data project confirmed a few anecdotal truisms about accommodation for us, but also provides some new interesting insights.
As expected, campus rents are far higher than anywhere else, even given the built-in utility costs. As you get further from the Uni, prices tend to fall.
So perhaps on Hes East and West you’re paying a premium for the convenience of location. Or perhaps you’re paying a premium because, merely by convention, the Uni has a monopoly on first year accommodation.
The most expensive off-campus areas are just northwest of Hes West, but interestingly there’s not a huge price difference between that prime location and the likes of Tang Hall or the river side of Fulford. This goes some way to dispelling the myth that Tang Hall is the grotty reserve of those with shallow pockets.
Another surprise is the relative cheapness of living closer to or even inside the City walls. Bargains of £57 and £63 per week in the heart of town more than make up for the distance from the Uni.
This seems to be due to an underlying trend: that private landlords are cheaper. The housing that orbits the two campuses is predominantly managed by the big five student letting agents, who are able to bump up their prices from the perceived security in your contract with them.
But, if YUSU’s last housing survey and our own ongoing research are anything to go by, you’re just as likely to get a good deal with less hassle from a private, independent landlord than from the likes of IG, Adam Bennett, et al.
Data compiled by Josh Boswell, Tim Waterson, Josh Goodwin and Brandon Seager