Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Community Information

National Issues and Developments

Studentification                                        

In recent years there has been a growth in the number of students gaining access to higher education.  In many towns and cities across the UK concentrations of student accommodation have developed. 

‘Studentification’ is a term that is used to describe the process by which communities become heavily student occupied.

In Loughborough several areas of the town have become very popular with students.  The University takes an active interest in working with other agencies to address the issues that have arisen.  The University pro-actively works with residents groups, the local council and the Police.

The issue of studentification has been highlighted nationally and a measure proposed to assist was an amendment to the Use Classes Order. 

In 2009 the Government consulted on proposals in respect of the Use Classes Order and the University’s response to this consultation can be found here.

In April 2010 new legislation was introduced as a result of this consultation. Following the General Election in May 2010 the new Government announced a further round of consultation and changed the legislation introduced in April. Councils were given the powers to introduce an 'Article 4 Direction' as a way of managing issues locally. After a period of consultation Charnwood Borough Council implemented an Article 4 Direction in February 2012.

Further detailed information on the Article 4 Direction is available from Charnwood Borough Council.

Further information on Studentification can be found in the Universities UK Publication:Studentification: a guide to opportunities, challenges and practice.