Fast broadband now a must-have for renters during covid
- 3rd February 2021
- Landlord Property News
Switch to remote learning has highlighted need for good connections
Super-fast broadband has become increasingly important in recent years but even more so during lockdown. A survey carried out amongst student renters shows a majority would not consider renting a property if it didn’t have high-speed broadband. Out of the 1,000 respondents, almost 60% stated that this would be a deal-breaker when it came to choosing a property to rent.
As lockdown continues and university campuses remain closed, students are now reliant on the internet to be able to continue their studies remotely. 33% of students now spend an extra five hours a day online studying, while 24% spend an additional four to five hours.
Almost 30% of students mentioned that they’ve had issues joining online lectures and seminars in the past due to a bad broadband connection.
Currently, the average broadband speed in the UK is 32.2 megabits per second. However, many student flats will need a faster speed, as multiple people will be using the internet at the same time to stream lectures or attend Zoom meetings.
Stephen Ludlow, Chairman at ludlowthompson says: “Like hot water, electricity and heating, broadband is now an essential utility that everyone relies on.”
“With studying from home likely to continue for the foreseeable future, landlords should consider offering bundle packages that give tenants the best deals on utilities such as broadband.”
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Like hot water, electricity and heating, broadband is now an essential utility that everyone relies on
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