Studentification: The impact on residents of an English city

Matt Mosey
University of Lincoln
December 2017

Abstract

This research aims to explore how ‘studentification’ has impacted on the lives of local residents in the West End area of Lincoln, England. Semi-structured interviews, based on a convenience sample, included key informants linked to the West End, alongside focus groups with students living in the West End. The data was analysed through a content analysis, picking up key themes and issues which were then discussed in relation to the research literature. Results show a mix of opinions and experiences regarding studentification in the West End, both from the students and interviews with the other participants. Many of the issues relating to studentification in the West End are similar to those experienced in other areas of the country, such as a reduction in street parking, excessive noise and rubbish being left around the properties; however, some to a more or lesser extent. Results also highlight that the West End community is becoming clearly divided into two groups, residents and students, as a result of studentification. This may lead to further more complex issues.

Author profile

Matt Mosey has recently graduated with a first-class honors degree from The University of Lincoln. He conducted this research during his second and final years, funded as part of a University Scheme to support undergraduate research. The research followed on from a previous piece of research which investigated the issues that students face when living in privately rented student accommodation. Matt was supervised by Prof. Mike Neary at The University of Lincoln. Matt is continuing his studies at The University of Nottingham in the on the Masters in Social Science Research (Social Policy).

Keywords

studentification, Lincoln, housing, higher education

Studentification: The impact on residents of an English city by Matt Mosey is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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