Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Community Information

National Issues and Developments


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. 

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.

Loughborough University is lucky to have an academic expert, Professor Darren Smith, on studentification based within its Geography Department. You can find out more about his work on the University website.

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