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When investing in Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA), it is important to look for apartments in towns and cities where the most exciting and important work is being done as this will attract students from across the globe. Sunderland is a great example of this and is a city where any buy to let investor would do well to look if they want to diversify their portfolio.

The University of Sunderland is the beating heart of the city. Almost £130m has been invested in the…

Market in focus: Sunderland

UK student accommodation investment is becoming more popular every year. The latest report from Knight Frank shows that global investment in the sector reached an all-time high of US$16.3bn in 2018, representing significant growth from the US$15.9bn of transactions recorded in 2017.

The UK is right at the heart of this booming sector, with a record number of applications received ahead of the 2019/20 academic year according to UCAS. This includes a large proportion of international…

Where can the best student accommodation yields be found?

UK universities have never been more popular. Students from across the UK and the world are applying in ever increasing numbers according to UCAS, with the 2019/20 intake likely to be the biggest ever – making this the perfect time to invest in the sector.

The only question left is where to invest? One of the strongest markets in the UK can be found on the North East coast. Newcastle is a booming city which combines the best of what the UK has to offer to students – a world class…

Market in focus: Newcastle

Liverpool has a thriving student community with approximately 50,000 students currently studying in the its three world-class universities. The city is also due to undergo some major regeneration where £1bn will be invested into the ‘Knowledge Quarter’ which will introduce hundreds of new graduate jobs in the technology, education and health sector.

Furthermore, Liverpool is incredibly popular with international students, with 7,000 attending the University of Liverpool alone.…

Market in focus: Liverpool July 2019

The talk of the higher education world this week has been Oxford and Cambridge falling down various league tables. This is almost unprecedented and has shocked many. The latest edition of the Guardian University Guides saw Oxford fall to third place, with the Scottish university St. Andrews taking its place in second behind Cambridge. Conversely, Oxford rose from fifth to fourth in the latest international university rankings table compile by data research group QS, with Cambridge…

Should you invest near the best universities?