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Rental growth in the UK student accommodation sector has been positive in the 2018/19 academic year, according to Knight Frank’s UK Student Housing: Rental Update 2018/19.

The headline statistic is that rental growth across the UK student accommodation market was 2.26% for 2018/19. This is slightly down on the figure of 2.55% growth recorded for 2017/18, but overall it is only a small decline in the rate of growth. Overall the market is still growing strongly – and that is despite…

Positive growth in student accommodation rents

At the beginning of 2019 we reported that a Knight Frank analysis showed a strong year ahead for student accommodation investment. The research showed that the total value of student accommodation transactions in 2018 reached £4.5bn, representing growth of more than 10% over 2017.

This record year looks like being repeated, as confirmed by a report from Cushman & Wakefield which lays bare the scale of growth in the student accommodation sector.

The company’s UK Student…

Record breaking student accommodation statistics

The government’s higher education funding review has many people worried. The view from government appears to be that imposing a free market capitalist view on universities is the ultimate goal, the idea being that increasing competition will increase quality.

This idea seems dubious and has been described as “morally objectionable, intellectually bankrupt and technically incompetent,” among other things, but the government has pressed ahead with the review anyway. The latest…

Is a student loan restriction feasible?

The strength of the Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) market is not a big secret. Buy to let property investors from around the world have long been enamoured by the high rental returns on offer in the sector.

However that is not to say that it is oversaturated or that demand is falling. On the contrary, recent growth and projections for the future show that there is still significant value available in the market. 2018 was a good year for people investing in PBSA, and all…

Another strong year for student accommodation ahead

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…

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