HousingAnywhere, Europe’s largest mid-to-long-term rental platform, announced its official expansion to the United Kingdom by covering London, Manchester and Birmingham. HousingAnywhere has extended its global footprint to meet the rising demand of internationally-mobile talents, including students and young professionals, seeking a flexible lifestyle.
HousingAnywhere provides an innovative, safe and easy to use platform via which potential tenants are matched with accommodation providers. The company specialises in mid- to long-term rentals, with international mobility at the forefront of its functionality. With only online viewings, HousingAnywhere ensures fair access for all, as many prospective tenants might not be in the UK at the time of searching. Being able to specify move-in and move-out dates, and including a 48 hour warranty system, the platform provides a safe yet flexible alternative for potential renters that can book months in advance.
London, Manchester and Birmingham
In 2021/2022 there were almost three millions students at UK higher education institutions with a record number of applicants applying to study in 2020, 2021 and 2022, despite the pandemic, according to UCAS (The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service), and HousingAnywhere data reveals that searches on the platform for accommodation in London have been growing considerably over the last few years. Searches for rentals in London rose by 37.7% in 2022 compared to the previous year, and have continued its growth by 37.9% in the first quarter of 2023.
Similarly, with the high concentration of universities in both Birmingham and Manchester, and their healthy real estate development pipeline, HousingAnywhere aims to provide the most technologically advanced solutions to both landlords and tenants in these popular cities.
Housing challenges, opportunities and new developments
Like other European cities, popular cities in the UK are facing housing challenges due to a structural lack of supply of available housing, driving rental prices to increase. However, with the increase in serviced apartments, monthly rentals, co-living and PBSA in London as well as in other cities in the country, HousingAnywhere aims to partner with these providers and landlords alike, to set the new standard of renting. The company is confident in the long term potential of the market and follows its purpose to be a positive force for change for both tenants and landlords.
In addition, HousingAnywhere has a successful track record of partnering with around 300 European universities to help both inbound and outbound students find their new home, and the company has strong ambitions to further expand this collaborative approach in the UK and at an international scale.
“Entering the UK was clearly the next step for HousingAnywhere, as we aim to match the rising demand of internationally-mobile students, young professionals and expats in London, Manchester and Birmingham. With this expansion, we are enabling people to safely find a new home not only in mainland Europe, but also in the UK and in more corners of the world”, says Djordy Seelmann, CEO of HousingAnywhere.
A global footprint
The entrance into the UK markets comes at an exciting time of global expansion for HousingAnywhere. The company also announced its entry to key US cities – beginning in four major cities: New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago. Since Covid-19, the US has seen a 3.8% yearly increase in the number of international students after a downward trend in the previous years, resulting in a strong demand for rental accommodation.
HousingAnywhere is enabling people to find a home in more than 125 cities in the world. With its headquarters based in Rotterdam, HousingAnywhere currently employs 260+ global talents from 47+ different nationalities.