Today my accommodation problems were solved. I have signed a lease and paid a deposit. I now share a nice 4 bed house with three other guys!
It is such a relief to know that I actually now have a place to live, and in time for the new semester beginning on Tuesday.
I am one of the lucky ones. There are still hundreds of students in Anytown still trying to find a place to live. There is a massive shortage of accommodation and the rental prices are much higher than normal due to there being too high a demand for the available stock. This is the second year in a row that students in Anytown have faced this problem and I suspect, given the state of the UK economy, it will be something that shall be repeated next year.