Top universities are scrambling to find enough accommodation for thousands of extra students, after record numbers netted the high grades they needed to clinch their offers last week. Some students are being offered halls in other cities or shared rooms, as institutions buy up spare private accommodation.
With many leading institutions turning down all “near-miss” candidates, they say they have also lost the flexibility to let in poorer students who have dropped a grade but shown potential.
A spokesperson for Bristol University, a member of the elite Russell Group, said in response to high demand for places in student halls they are introducing options “to ensure as many students as possible can be housed when they join us in the autumn”.
She said: “Some of these will not be their first choice and may include the option of low-cost shared rooms or accommodation nearby in Bath with a travel bursary included.