A study of just over 1,000 students suggests that 58 per cent use online sources to find accommodation while only 25 per cent use traditional routes including letting agents.
The same survey suggests that 58 per cent use dedicated accommodation websites during their search while 44 per cent go to the university accommodation offices.
In terms of rent, students are paying £43 more per month than three years ago with most students now paying over £100 per week.
The study also reveals that 67 per cent now have bills included as standard in their rent; some 64 per cent deem the provision of double beds an important factor when choosing a room to rent; and 40 per cent will only consider renting a room with ensuite facilities.
An overwhelming 85 per cent will not consider a property unless it has a solid broadband connection.
Despite increasing costs and growing concerns around debt, almost half of students - 47 per cent - believe that the rent they pay represents good value for money, and seventy six per cent are generally satisfied with their accommodation.
The study was conducted amongst 1,010 students by Glide Utilities during May and June this year.