Student accommodation is big business in the UK. As educational expansion has boosted student numbers, there have been increasing ranks of purpose-built blocks in university towns and cities across the UK. These blocks supplement the more traditional flat- and house-sharing options which have been available to students down the years. Whatever form student accommodation takes, it presents a cleaning challenge which React Specialist Cleaning can take on. In this blog, we’re taking a closer look at student accommodation cleaning.
The changing face of UK student accommodation
Purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) is built by private developers for students to live in. It usually consists of cluster flats (multiple rooms with shared kitchen and living areas), or private studios. Many have attached leisure facilities and communal areas. In that year, universities owned 69% of current PBSAs, although the private sector is expanding rapidly to meet demand for new rooms. In 2018-19, full-time student numbers outweighed PBSA bed spaces by 3:1. Across the UK, around 30% of full-time first-year students lived in private PBSA in 2018-19, up from 22% in 2013-14.
A student accommodation survey for the academic year 2018-19 showed the importance of cleanliness for students in judging their accommodation. The study, published by Knight Frank in conjunction with UCAS, surveyed 70,000 applicants, new students and current students at universities across the UK. Understandably, value for money and overall cost came in as the top factors prompting decisions about where to live. But for first-year students, the cleanliness of the bedroom was the third most important influence in their decision-making. Therefore, for accommodation providers, it’s vital to get cleaning right.
The full study can be found here.
High standards of cleanliness for student accommodation cleaning
We cover specialist cleaning for university-owned student accommodation as part of our janitorial and contract offer for educational institutions. We can also work with private PBSA providers to ensure the highest levels of cleanliness. Our contract cleaning division can cover regular cleaning work, from bedrooms through to communal areas in cluster flats, and private studios. We can undertake end-of-tenancy cleans to get student accommodation ready for the next year’s intake. And we’re available for emergency cleaning in a crisis too, when handling a situation with sensitivity is the main concern.
Our fully vetted and accredited staff are available to undertake both regular scheduled cleaning and urgent 24/7/365 ad hoc services for any immediate cleaning requirements that may arise. Our focus is always on ensuring the safety of students and teaching staff, with minimal disruption to their day-to-day activities.
Many people have horror stories about accommodation when they were students. From anti-social flat mates to unresponsive landlords, these can become anecdotes that people tell for life. With React Specialist Cleaning and its student accommodation cleaning, levels of cleanliness won’t be among those stories.
To find out more about our student accommodation cleaning services, contact one of the team today.
Post by Shaun D. Doak
Shaun is the Managing Director of React Specialist Cleaning. He is deeply committed to making sure that every one of our company’s clients receives the highest possible level of service. An expert in HVAC and commercial and industrial cleaning methodologies, Shaun has extensive experience in the facilities management and renewable services sector.