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JLL student housing comments on university application figures fall


​London, 2 February 2017 - Commenting on today’s figures which highlight a fall in UK university applications, Huw Forrest, Director in JLL’s Student Housing team, said: “The drop in UK applications should not be a cause of alarm as this ties in with a slight dip in the demographic that we expect to continue for a few more years before increasing again strongly. Since 2012, the gap between applications and university acceptances has averaged over 155,000, while the number of acceptances has increased by 12% over this period, suggesting demand for UK university places remains strong. The fall in sterling is currently also making the UK cheaper compared to other markets.

“While EU student applications have fallen marginally for two years in succession the total number of applications from these countries remains higher than pre-2014 levels. Applications from outside the EU, the students for which universities can charge higher fees, continue to grow. The government shouldn’t get complacent about this though post EU referendum, and needs to ensure that that UK is perceived as a welcoming place for overseas students to study post-Brexit. We expect the government to provide greater clarity on the Teaching Excellence Framework, and how this ranking system may be used to prioritise visas for overseas students.”