Cloudy soup in clearing as students await A level results on Thursday

Thursday is A level results day and this year there are varying numbers of places still available at England’s universities.  This could mean that for students who either do better than expected, or worse than expected, they will probably enter the UCAS (University Colleges Admission Service) clearing system to find a higher education place more suited to their needs than their original application.  But there is a new trend in the clearing soup.  Despite appetite for further study after school never being stronger, it seems that school leavers who are keen to go onto higher education are leaving it until they receive their results before they choose which university to apply to.  This means there are potential students who have yet to trawl through the process of application and moving to a different part of the country … all this in just a matter of a month before starting the course.

Universities are bracing themselves for a tumultuous few weeks until the start of the semester.  It is the policy of many universities to offer only early conditional applicants the guarantee of student halls residency.  This means that late applicants through clearing are not necessarily guaranteed university accommodation and thus the university will draw on private landlords to fill the gap for students in their first year.  Most students prefer to leave university halls behind in their second and third years and rent privately for the rest of their time at university.

All of this may well mean that extra student accommodation will be in demand … landlords need to make sure that their properties are ready, safe and compliant for the start of term.  Please contact us at Bath & West Fire & Safety for fire risk assessments, fire alarms, fire extinguishers and fire blankets and get top marks on your property.

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