Liverpool City Council is establishing a task group to study the amount of student accommodation in the city and how developments affect other land uses.
The council said the decision to create the group followed moves by developers in recent years to create large-scale student flats in the city centre which "are generally good quality", with a range of facilities and close to universities.
The review will examine what impact the conversion of city centre sites is having on other competing land uses such as businesses and retail, as well as the infrastructure of the area.
The group will include representatives of the universities, student bodies and developers and will aim to reach conclusions on:
- The suitability and viability of the current student accommodation offer in the city centre
- The need for growth to meet future demand
- The impact on the city centre and other affected areas of continuing to grow the accommodation
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: "I have asked for this review because, although we very much welcome and value the contribution that students make to the city, we need to be mindful of the recent rapid growth in student accommodation, and the knock on effects it could have should there be any marked fluctuations in demand. It is crucial we have a diverse mix of uses of buildings in the city centre for residents, businesses, students and visitors alike."
A report recommending the setting up of the task group will be considered by the cabinet on Thursday 2 April. If approved, the review group will agree a final report and recommendations in May 2015 which will then be considered by the cabinet.