The diverse geographies of studentification: living alongside people not like us

Sage, Joanna, Smith, Darren and Hubbard, Phil (2011) The diverse geographies of studentification: living alongside people not like us. Housing Studies, 27, (8), 1057-1078. (doi:10.1080/02673037.2012.728570).


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Recent discussions of studentification have emphasised the development of exclusive purpose-built student accommodation in city centres, shifting the focus away from Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in established residential neighbourhoods. In this paper we explore the growth of student housing on a former social-rented (council) housing estate, and the social friction that it has created—arguing that the production of student HMO has remained prolific, and is pushing the studentification frontier into outer-city deprived communities. Drawing on empirical evidence from a former social-rented housing estate, we explore the recent emergence of a ‘student area’ where student occupation is having marked impacts on a relatively deprived local population. These findings have implications for urban policy making, given they highlight the negative outcomes of studentification in deprived communities, and reveal the challenge this poses for providing affordable housing, and engendering sustainable communities in university towns.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/02673037.2012.728570
ISSNs: 0267-3037 (print)
1466-1810 (electronic)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences
ePrint ID: 340388
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
17 November 2011In press
6 November 2012Published
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2012 15:21
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:30
Centre for Population Change: Understanding Population Change in the 21st Century
Funded by: ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (RES-625-28-0001)
Led by: Jane Cecelia Falkingham
1 January 2009 to 31 December 2013

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