Enquiries for accommodation suggests EU students still want a British education

by Ray Clancy on January 16, 2017

The UK is still proving popular with overseas students despite the decision to leave the European Union with new research showing that enquiries for accommodation increased in the final quarter of 2016.

Indeed, the number of European students seeking accommodation almost tripled during the fourth quarter of the year, suggesting that they are not put off immediately by the potential impact of Brexit.

StudentsThe research found that the highest demand from European students is for a place to live in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Cambridge and Sheffield, all cities with major universities and big student populations.

The highest number of student enquiries were from France, Italy, Spain and Germany making up 28%, 15%, 15% and 12% of searches, the research from student website Student.com also found, with students from 30 different European countries looking for a place to stay.

‘Although it’s clearly early in the season to make conclusive statements about European enrolments, this could be encouraging news for European student flow to the UK this year,’ said Luke Nolan, the firm’s chief executive officer.

‘While London’s universities continue to be the most popular choice for both European and Asian students, there is increasing interest in the best of Britain’s university towns,’ he added.

Data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) reports that 436,585 overseas students came to the UK to study in 2014/2015 with the majority coming from Asia and 28.5% or 124,575 from the European Union.

Business and administration is the top subject with 38.4% students, followed by engineering and technology with 33.1% and law with 26.3%.

Despite this year’s Government guarantee on fees and loans for European students, the British higher education sector has expressed significant concern over the potential drop in European applications as a result of Brexit.

According to Jeremy Burgess, associate director of the International Office at the University of Nottingham said there is still a high level of interest from European students but he said universities are concerned if this will continue when the details of what the immigration status of EU students will be post Brexit.

Joanne Purves, director of global engagement at the University of Sheffield, pointed out that EU students play an important part in the academic and cultural life of the university. ‘The benefits they get from following a degree in the UK will continue to be as relevant after we are no longer EU members and we will work hard to articulate that to future students,’ she said.

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