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As we come to the end of 2018 and look forward to the new year it is a time to take stock of investment portfolios and strategise for the future. Whilst the larger residential market looks more uncertain, the student accommodation investment market is stronger than ever, with Knight Frank predicting that the sector will be worth £53bn in 2019.

Combine that with the Accommodation Costs Survey 2018, which found student rents jumping as accommodation goes upmarket, and it is clear that…

Deals of the week

The Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) market has been exploding across Europe over recent years with investors keen to cash in on an increasingly profitable asset in one of the world’s most robust property markets.

The main reason for this growth is that the sector enjoys a rapidly increasing customer base whilst the available supply struggles to keep pace. Across European capitals, which are home to some of the world’s best universities, more individual investors are…

Four of top European PBSA cities are in the UK

At a time of economic uncertainty investors can be reassured that the Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) market is demonstrating resilience and remains a strong option.

A good measure of the strength of a sector is whether big, institutional investors retain faith and continue to put money into it when, on the surface, times look a little tougher than usual. In particular, Asian investors are extremely enthusiastic about the UK student market.

Figures from JLL confirm this. In…

UK student market remains resilient

Whether you agree or disagree with the idea that a monetised and marketised tertiary education sector values employability above almost all else, it’s an inescapable fact that when people are looking towards a university education they’re going to consider their employment prospects.

In the pursuit of seeking out the most effective investments in student accommodation, or Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA), it’s always worth taking into consideration where the drivers…

Best universities for graduate employment

For the third year in a row UK universities have come out on top of the Times Higher Education global universities rankings. Oxford and Cambridge universities took first and second respectively, marking the third year that Oxford sits at the top of the list.

Before the recent domination there had been some concern that US universities were breaking away to form a somewhat central grouping, but the resurgence of UK universities as a whole has given reassurance to those who were…

UK universities best in the world – again