Although the University of Sheffield has an increasing number of local students, the majority move to Sheffield from elsewhere to commence their studies. The University of Sheffield recognises that the number of students seeking accommodation and other services in the city can have an impact upon the permanent community.
The University employs a number of strategies in this area:
- The Student Residences Operational Management Plan:
This covers all aspects of managing the accommodation owned and operated by the University e.g. Endcliffe and Ranmoor student villages.
- Property Disposal:
In an effort to help foster an appropriate balance in the community, the University’s residential housing stock is being disposed of properties sold are covered by a covenant ensuring that they are not subsequently let to groups of students.
- Private Sector Registration Scheme:
The University of Sheffield seeks to work closely with private sector landlords to the benefit of the student and the wider community. Approximately 5,000 students are currently housed in 'registered' private sector accommodation. Through the registration scheme, the University:
- Seeks to increase registered stock
- Inspects each property on registration and renews on an annual basis as appropriate
- Provides an annual forum for landlords to promote good standards.
Registered properties have to conform to standards set out in the City Council´s Responsible Landlord Scheme. This is a city-wide initiative and the University of Sheffield has been actively involved in its development. The scheme includes a requirement for properties to be well maintained and for external advertising to be strictly in accordance with local authority planning regulations.