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The segregation of educated youth and dynamic geographies of studentification
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2014
© 2014 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
Volume 46, Issue 1, pages 92–100, March 2014
How to Cite
Smith, D. P. and Hubbard, P. (2014), The segregation of educated youth and dynamic geographies of studentification. Area, 46: 92–100. doi: 10.1111/area.12054
- Issue published online: 12 FEB 2014
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Received: 6 JUN 2013
- higher education;
- social mixing;
- neighbourhood change;
This paper explores how university students are enmeshed in the trend of increasing sociospatial segregation. The paper charts the unprecedented in-migration of students into selected towns and cities as part of the expansion of UK higher education in the mid-1990s, epitomised by single people living in multi-person shared private rented housing, often alongside established households in socially-mixed neighbourhoods. It is shown that student populations became more spatially concentrated during mid-2000s with the development of purpose-built accommodation, predominantly in the form of gated ‘student-enclaves’. We argue that these exclusionary, ‘student-only’ spaces are becoming more widespread due to concurrent trends in the commodification of student housing and studenthood, which are encouraging the formation of ‘new frontiers of student segregation’. The paper ends by discussing these trends, arguing for further research exploring the variegated spatial outcomes of these processes of segregation.