New Brayford flats as student demand rises

Due to increased demand for student accommodation in Lincoln, Brayford Quay on the Brayford Waterfront will be expanding their offerings.

The new Brayford Quay development is set to create standard and “deluxe” en suite studios, costing between £106 (single room) and £195 (double room) per month.

The flats will make use of the gaping hole around the Chimichanga restaurant and will be leased on a 50-week contract instead of the usual 46.

The new accommodation is allocated on a first-come first-served basis and around 75% of the rooms have not been booked yet.

CRM Students is administrating the Brayford Quay development properties.

The flats are targeted mainly at second and third-year students who are moving out of the university-allocated first-year accommodation arrangements.

More students, increased demand

The 20% increase in students applying to the University of Lincoln has added greater pressure on the university to rent more rooms for students.

Presently, the University of Lincoln owns only the Student Village accommodation, situated on the Brayford Campus for first year students.

Junxion, Pavilions, Brayford Quay, Hayes Wharf and other student blocks are owned by private companies and the university pre–books a select number per year.

If these accommodations are fully booked, students can also look for student houses run by private landlords across Lincoln.

Spokesman for the University of Lincoln Ian Richards said: “There are around 8,000 full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students based in Lincoln each year.

“The university works closely with the City of Lincoln Council, private sector developers, landlords and residents’ associations to ensure there is a proportional supply of good quality student accommodation in the city.

“It’s important that the right balance is found to avoid either an oversupply or an undersupply.

“In September 2011, we expect around 3,200 new undergraduates to begin their studies at Lincoln and around three-quarters of those will ask the university for help in finding accommodation.

“There are around 1,000 beds in the university’s own accommodation on the main Brayford Pool Campus and around 3,000 more in the university-approved private sector developments nearby, such as the Junxion or Pavilions.

“Like most universities, priority for on-campus accommodation is given to first year students.

“The university also reserves around 1,500 rooms in nearby private sector developments for new undergraduates who cannot be housed in the on-campus Student Village.”

The Brayford Quay build is set to be completed in time for September, when new students arrive in Lincoln and existing students are looking for accommodation.

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