As some students were awarded their predicted grades, giving them higher results than expected, many are now likely to ditch their back-up university options.
This means that student numbers in towns with lower ranking institutions are likely to plunge this autumn, polarising the student accommodation market and leaving some landlords with drastically reduced demand.
Research, by estate agency Hamptons International, found that of the 60 local authority areas with the largest concentrations of student accommodation, 11 are reliant on just one university that ranks outside the top 50 on the Complete University Guide.
These include Portsmouth, where in 2019 5pc of council tax chargeable homes were lived in by students. Plymouth and Preston are also on the list, where 3.5pc and