Homes Fit for Study: student experiences of energy in the private rented sector

Start Date: November 2016
Completion Date: January 2018
Grant Holders: National Union of Students Charitable Services
Main Contact: Rachel Drayson, Insight Manager – Sustainability
Email: rachel.drayson@nus.org.uk

Summary
‘Homes fit for study’ is an in-depth research into students’ experiences of fuel poverty. Through three phases of research (including scoping literature review, online survey and focus groups), the research will uncover:

– how fuel poverty and cold homes are experienced by different segments of the student population;
– the impacts of fuel poverty on health and wellbeing for students;
– behavioural indicators of fuel poverty; and
– insight into positive and negative influences of ‘smart’ technologies designed to facilitate energy conservation.

Recommendations for key stakeholders working in the field of fuel poverty and in student accommodation will be developed from the research, as well as resources to support students experiencing fuel poverty.

Full research report

Appendix 1 – online survey

Appendix 2 – focus group discussion guide

Appendix 3 – literature review

Summary research report