Why Providing the Best Wi-Fi for Students is More Important Than Ever
Are you a PBSA developer? If you are, it’s very likely that you will appreciate how frustrating it can be when Wi-Fi isn’t up to scratch.
Whether it be the shift to online learning, or the desire to catch up with family at home, students are more dependent on fast and reliable internet than ever. Wi-Fi has quickly become a non-negotiable requirement for students choosing accommodation and as a developer it is important that you keep this in mind when sourcing Wi-Fi for your student block.
However, with many PBSA developments housing upwards of a hundred students each, we understand that it can be hard to cater to everyones internet needs at once. Thats why we are here to help. In this article we will explore the reasons behind students’ mounting demand for excellent Wi-Fi. We will also reveal how Landlord Broadband can help if your existing Wi-Fi system is struggling to cope. So, if you are interested to find out how you can ensure your accommodation meets the demands of today’s students, read on!
Why are students using more Wi-Fi?
1. Hybrid Learning
Covid 19 has altered the working habits of everyone in the country and students have been no exception to this.
The pandemic has triggered a permanent change to the way in which students access higher education. Online learning may have began as a emergency response to a unprecedented situation, but it is quickly becoming the new norm. Even in 2021, many universities have continued to take a hybrid approach to teaching, and there are few signs that this will be changing any time soon.
Under the ‘blended learning’ format, teaching is no longer constrained to lecture theatres and university campuses. Students now rely on Wi-Fi to attend their weekly lectures, often from the comfort of their halls bedrooms. Because of this shift, students are understandably becoming increasingly mindful of Wi-Fi when assessing their accommodation options. In fact, a survey conducted by Knight Frank found that 91% of students consider Wi-Fi as a top priority. With so much emphasis placed on Wi-Fi, this inevitably leads to increased pressure on developers to deliver on quality.
2. Independent Study
Of course, lectures are not the only aspect of university life that requires a strong internet connection. Wi-Fi also supports students’ ability to be able to complete independent study. Jisc’s student digital experience tracker surveys 8,000 students and their data reveals that 97% of higher education students find information online on a weekly basis during their course. This is especially the case for students who take courses that require a lot of independent research, such as English and History. Where you may once have had to trawl through books to write your essays, Google is now a students best friend. If your internet is slow, this can become frustrating for students trying to meet tight deadlines, so if you want to avoid complaints, reliable Wi-Fi is the way to go!
3. Keeping in Touch with Home
Settling into university life can be hard at the best of times. The distance between home and university can often feel daunting, but thanks to the magic of the internet, there are more ways than ever to stay in touch with home. An increasing number of students favour platforms such as Zoom and FaceTime as a means to contact family and friends. Although great from a student perspective, these apps rely on large amounts of bandwidth which can overwhelm regular Wi-Fi routers. As you can imagine, this becomes especially challenging if multiple students are trying to call at once. A professional installation is often the best solution for this.
How can Landlord Broadband Help?
Has this article has left you feeling concerned that your current Wi-Fi system is not up to the job of catering to the needs of the students of today? Worry not! Landlord Broadband have all the tools necessary to provide the students living in your PBSA with the best Wi-Fi possible.
We are specialists in creating bespoke Wi-Fi solutions for complex properties. And unlike many student accommodation internet providers, our support continues after the installation. Our managed internet ensures a business-grade Wi-Fi service with a 24/7/365 support desk, and a nationwide network of engineers. Using our services means that you can wave goodbye to Wi-Fi complaints for good and leave the hard work to us.
If you want to find out more about our services, go to our Student Accommodation information page.
Written by: Izzy Blois
Marketing Lead – PBSA Specialist