What will happen to student accommodation in Hastings when the university closes?

The University of Brighton campus in Hastings was announced in 2004, with a second academic building opened in 2013. The growth of the campus in the area was one of the main attractions for property investment. However, with the campus to come to a close after the 2018/19 academic year, how will all of the spare accommodation be utilised?

Priory Square Building

Daniel Hanlon of the Roost group, is the landlord of a student accommodation property on Havelock Road. Mr Hanlon is to begin offering rooms to the general public at the beginning of the next academic year due to a lack of interest from current students.

Regarding the property on Havelock Road and the students currently living there, Mr Hanlon said: “They don’t have to move out, just no one has approached us to stay there.

“They’ve been advised by the university that the contracts coming to an end on the building.”

47 Havelock Road

Nathan Ralls is a second-year student living in the property. Himself and other students living there have a differing view to Mr Hanlon, and are under the impression that they have to leave the building. Nathan told me how inconvenient the situation is.

Due to rent prices, councillor Andrew Batsford believes that Havelock Road cannot be put to good use by the council. Although, there is a need for properties to house rough sleepers:

Property investment in Hastings will take a hit after the campus closes, and it will be a struggle to fill the current vacant properties.

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