The UK’s Booming Student Property Market

The Student Property Sector

Knight Frank, the UK’s leading real estate consultancy, said it expects the student property market’s total value to reach £42.5 billion in 2017.

The market UK purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) is being driven by government focus on higher education and demand from international students seeking places in Britain’s world class universities.

Knight Frank’s Student Property Team said:

‘as our sector continues to mature, and becomes increasingly recognised for its resilience in uncertain times, we anticipate continued appetite from global capital next year. As we look to 2017, rental growth, strong demand from domestic and international students and a healthy development pipeline are set to be the defining factors in the sector’s success.’

Investor demand for student property is understandable. Research has found both capital gains and income from student properties outstripped retail, office and industrial properties since the beginning of 2015.

The high returns on offer have attracted some of the worlds largest asset managers into the sector; Blackrock, Aviva and Henderson have all made investments in student property since 2015.

Despite the strong presence of institutional investors, student property is an investment very much available to private individuals.

Low interest rates and the high yields offered by PBSA are drawing private investors to the sector and there are a number of specialist student property companies who are assisting individuals investors get a foothold in this rapidly expanding market.

Most companies catering for private individuals offer fully managed services and can assist with the re-sale of the property when you decide to eventually sell.

Below you will find brochures for selection of student accommodation located up and down the UK.