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PBSA, or Purpose Built Student Accommodation, could be in line for a further growth boost say experts as new legislation is introduced to curb the rise of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

In student towns and cities there has been a rapid rise in the amount of PBSA developments, especially in the likes of Manchester and Leeds, but other areas such as Nottingham and areas in Wales are still dominated by HMO’s which are larger houses split into multiple rooms and charged…

New legislation could grow PBSA

The Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) sector is growing rapidly with new developments springing up in cities and towns across the UK at an unprecedented pace. There are not enough beds to go around in traditional university halls of residence and private developers are rushing to fill the gap.

The latest data from Savills shows the scale of the growth, with £4.5bn of student property being traded in 2016 and £5.3bn being traded in 2017. That is growth of almost 20% in a…

Does student accommodation drive businesses away?

Students looking at where to go to university traditionally look for institutions that perform well in their chosen subject, have excellent amenities and, of course, a smashing social scene. Today though, more and more undergraduates look for university locations which can match not only those key requirements, but also increasingly tight purse strings.

For this reason, Consumers’ Association Which? has released its new student budget calculator in an aim to help students decide…

Where is the cheapest place to study in the UK?

“What do students want?”

This is a question which should occupy the mind of a buy-to-let investor looking at Purpose-Built Student Accommodation.

If you are buying a property you should be looking for something that appeals as much as possible to potential tenants – it sounds basic, but it is bizarre how often an investor will purchase an apartment that appeals to them and not the renter. Is it really a surprise when they then end up with long void periods?

With that in…

What do students want?

When looking for your next student accommodation investment it is important to pick a city or town where students are eager to go. The busiest university destinations tend to have a shortage of available university accommodation and many people must rent privately. In addition, if a place is popular you are more likely to have a steady stream of tenants.

At first glance, Middlesbrough is not a place which would draw a landlord in. The town has a poor reputation thanks to outdated…

Investing in Middlesbrough student accommodation