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The issue of student debt

Following on from their shock gains in the 2017 general election, shadow chancellor John McDonnell came out to promise that, should Labour gain power in the next elections, they would promise to abolish tuition fees in the UK and make university education free for all.

Unsurprisingly the announcement landed very well with the party’s youthful voters and members, as well its socially conscious middle class voters, but less so with conservative voters and right wing press outlets.…

The issue of student debt

When looking at a UK student accommodation investment, there are many options. As the sector continues to grow in popularity with investors from around the world it is only natural that an increasing number of developments will spring up.

On the surface, this is good news – more choice means that landlords have more options and can search out the best deals. However, the proliferation of Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) also means that it is becoming harder than ever to…

Investing in Nottingham

One of the most interesting issues with regenerating city centres is the debate which comes along with it. Deciding what should be refurbished and what should be done away with entirely is a passionate issue for many people.

Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) attracts more passionate debate than almost any other type of regeneration – though the reasons why are unclear. Regardless, lots of people feel strongly about the current trend for big new PBSA blocks, and many are…

Are we building too much student accommodation?

The number of students entering UK universities seems to somehow be a matter of debate each year; different research bodies have different figures, even though the pool of new undergraduates is presumably of a fixed size.

The problem comes in when figures saying there is a decrease are given more weight than more stable figures. With the attention student accommodation investment is getting only growing, many investors understandably might be worried at a lack of tenants – but is…

Should reports of falling student numbers worry investors?

When it comes to selling student accommodation, we know what we are doing. We only offer properties to investors that we know will appeal to the end tenant – after all, there is no point in investing in something which offers nothing that students actually want.

But what exactly is it that your potential tenant is looking for? Here are 5 things to keep an eye out for when surveying a potential investment:

Location

If a property is not within walking distance or easy public…

Top 5 things students want from their accommodation