We are pleased to announce our database registration will open for Landlords, Letting Agents and Institutional Landlords on Thursday 23rd July 2020. On this date, you will be able to register on the platform and list your properties. We will then open the platform to students on 11th August 2020, and we will run our annual student Housing Fair on Thursday 13th August, this year as an online event.
Since our last update, universities have started to announce their plans for the next academic year. Some of our member institutions have decided to put back the start of term to January 2021. However, the majority (and all the largest institutions) are planning to open in September or October, with online tuition supplementing in-person teaching to a greater extent, to facilitate smaller class sizes and increased social distancing. Students have not yet been given full details on what this will mean for their particular courses, but we understand that this information will be provided in July and August.
Consequently, we expect that demand for accommodation will be highest in August and September this year, and see August as the best time to launch our new platform. This will ensure that students can be certain of their needs for the next academic year while also having the time to secure accommodation ahead of terms starting in September and October.
We will be carrying out a range of promotional and marketing activities to move our previous student database to the new platform and to drive new student registrations as well. Although this year will be like no other we have ever experienced, we are still expecting there to be significant demand for private accommodation from our students. We look forward to seeing you on 23rd July.
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