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The past decade has seen purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) go from strength-to-strength and now, the sector has overtaken university-owned accommodation and accounts for over half of student beds in the UK. In the past ten years, investment into PBSA has proved to be extremely prosperous - in research carried out by Knight Frank last May, it was revealed that investment into PBSA reached a record high of USD $16.3 billion which surpassed the previous high of USD $15.9 billion…

PBSA is set to be the investment of choice for the 2020s

It’s no secret that the UK has become one of the most appealing destinations for students from all over the world and while this is great news for British universities, it has become increasingly difficult for them to provide accommodation for its students.

The issue has become even more apparent in the current academic year, where a staggering number of students were unable to find accommodation by the time the new term started. In 2015, the government lifted a cap on student…

UK universities continue to struggle housing their students

Sheffield is one of the most attractive student accommodation investment locations in the entire country. It’s home to over 60,000 students and offers the perfect opportunity for investors looking for buy-to-let purpose-built student accommodation. Here are just a few reasons why Sheffield is so popular with both students and investors:


You can’t have students without a place to study, and Sheffield has plenty on offer. Students are spoilt for choice, with the…

Market in focus: Sheffield

With the deadline for Brexit rapidly approaching, there have been concerns that the UK’s exit from the EU will deter foreign students from choosing UK as a destination for studying. However, new figures have revealed that these concerns are unfounded when it comes to applicants outside of the EU.

According to the latest figures from UCAS, a record 40,720 international students have been accepted on courses in UK universities for the current academic year - that is a 6% increase from…

New UCAS figures have revealed a significant increase of international students in the UK

UK Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) is one of the most vibrant investment markets in the world, as demonstrated by the latest big deals in the sector.

Investec, an international banking and wealth management group, is supporting US property developer CA Venture’s first investment in the UK with a £64m loan. This transaction represents Investec’s biggest investment into PBSA so far, with the bank saying that the future outlook for this type of investment looks promising.…

The latest big deals in the student accommodation sector