University students pay £2,000 a month for state-of-the-art digs
6th October 2020

Locked down in luxury: University students pay £2,000 a month for state-of-the-art digs featuring a private cinema, yoga space, steam room and even its own slide

  • Accommodation in Lincoln features a private cinema, yoga space, beauty treatment, a gym and even a slide
  • Similar accommodation is available in cities of Leeds and Liverpool and can cost as much as £2,000 a month
  • Students can also pay for extra services including a personal trainer or professional cleaning for their flats
  • It comes as at least 23 universities have been impacted by coronavirus outbreaks with thousands of students being locked down in their halls of residence while they self-isolate to try and control the spread of the virus

University life used to revolve around grotty digs but despite many being locked down in their halls due to Covid-19, today’s students can live it up in luxury apartments for up to £1,950 a month.

New multi-million student flats have opened in the Cathedral city of Lincoln that boast a slide, meditation space and a private cinema.

The first students have been welcomed into the accommodation — and some of them are paying almost £2,000 per month for a plush suite in the block.

In addition to the private cinema, there is a wellness zone including a yoga and meditation space and beauty treatment room, dedicated study pods, iMac zones and a communal shared kitchen and lounges, as well as a gym, sauna and steam room.

In addition, students can also pay for extras services including personal training from £120 and professional cleaning from £20.

Lincoln students have moved into new accommodation named ‘Gravity’ which costs up to £2,000 a month and allow them to live in complete luxury and students can pay more for additional services such as a personal trainer or professional cleaning

The accommodation includes a private cinema and a wellness space which includes space for yoga and beauty treatments

There are seven different apartment types starting from £155 per week and prices go up as high as £1,950 per month.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, there are still apartments available with move in dates throughout October and into next year.

The 134 luxury apartment building is known as ‘Gravity’ and was developed by the Parklane Group under its IconInc brand.

Similar accommodation is available in Leeds and Liverpool with the company boasting ‘Here at IconInc, you will be surrounded by like-minded people.

‘You’ll have your own individual apartment and facilities which are inspired by the luxurious life you want to live.’

Naveen Ahmed, Managing Director of The Park Lane Group, said: ‘The development is stunning and like nothing the market has seen before.

The new accommodation, by developer ParkLane group, features a gym where students can pay extra for a personal trainer

Similar accommodation, including a slide, is available in Liverpool and Leeds, a city where some students are locked down

‘We have invested a great deal in the design and specification of the apartments and development, with student happiness and wellbeing at the heart.

‘The outcome of this is incredible and the feedback we’ve had so far from our students has been amazing.

‘Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic we have remained committed to this project to ensure it launched and offered students the very best – the pinnacle of student living.’

Despite Covid and Brexit, hundreds of thousands of students, many arriving in the UK from overseas, are opting to pay a premium to live in purpose-built student accommodation — or PBSA — much of which is unrecognisable to generations of graduates who spent their university years in institutional halls or grotty shared housing.

PBSA was practically non-existent 25 years ago but today, the sector offers more than 600,000 beds, housing just under a quarter of all students in the UK.

Blocks of apartments typically offer a private bedroom and shared amenities, on-site security and the accountability of a management company.

The new student accommodation is located on Mint Lane in Lincoln and is made up of several different types of apartment

It comes as coronavirus outbreaks have hit at least 23 universities in total, with cases detected at Edinburgh’s Napier University and Oxford Brookes, alongside campuses in Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Swansea, Liverpool, Salford, Bristol and Exeter. 

Yesterday, it was confirmed nearly 500 people have tested positive for coronavirus at the University of Sheffield in a mass outbreak.

According to an online tracker on the university’s website, 474 students and five staff members have tested positive for Covid-19 since September 28.

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