The huge number of students in Britain's university towns has become a "major problem", according to environmental health professionals.Yup, it's all-our war between the 'everyone must have an ology!' crowd and the 'ASBOs for the antisocial!' crowd, according to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
In a submission to the government outlining its concerns, the institute warns: "It is clear that multiple occupation is proliferating in a variety of areas and that this can change the character of an area." Its comments are likely to be seized on by campaign groups that claim "studentification" is blighting some urban areas, with an increase in antisocial behaviour, noise and litter.And don't look now, but it's not helping the housing 'crisis' either:
With landlords aware that they can charge five students living in a terraced house much more than one family, Tyler said studentification was contributing to the housing shortage.Update: The Devil points out that one of the cheerleaders for this situation to be altered (in the most illiberal way possible, of course) is none other than John Denham.
"In Leeds, we have 25,000 households on the council waiting list and in the Headingley area between 25,000 and 30,000 students living in family houses for eight months a year," Tyler said. "First homes for families have become second homes for students. If you didn't have students, you would solve the housing problems overnight."
Yes, that John Denham...