New report aims to find out what students really want from their university experience

Student accommodation provider Uliving has today launched ‘Extra Curricular’ – a study into what students want from their experience in higher education. The report is the result of extensive online polling and focus group work conducted over the summer.

In conjunction with research company Morar Consulting and the education partner University of Essex, Uliving was able to compare and contrast the opinions of several groups. In all over 1700 students were involved in the study, including sixth formers about to begin university, undergraduates, post-graduates as well as international students.

Extra curricular covers everything from safety and security on campus, health, fitness and wellbeing, the use of technology through to how students plan and manage their finances.

Nicolas Guérin, managing director at Uliving said: “We commissioned the report to gauge the opinions of current students, who have already spent at least one year in university accommodation. We also wanted to know more about preconceptions of young people who were about to enter higher education to see whether the reality of accommodation measured up to their expectations.

“There are some great insights in the report which sheds light on some common misconceptions about student life. How people live and study now is changing faster than ever, and we want to make sure that we can provide accommodation and services that deliver what students need now and in the future.”

Uliving will be taking the findings and using them to inform design choices in new and existing accommodation projects. Uliving’s latest venture at the University of Gloucestershire is the first to benefit from the research with it being used to inform the student experience at the new Pitville Student Village in Cheltenham.

The study is available from the research section of this site along with architectural research paper ‘Beyond Dwelling’, a student-led design project created in partnership with the University of the Arts London and Central Saint Martins College.