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The talk of the higher education world this week has been Oxford and Cambridge falling down various league tables. This is almost unprecedented and has shocked many. The latest edition of the Guardian University Guides saw Oxford fall to third place, with the Scottish university St. Andrews taking its place in second behind Cambridge. Conversely, Oxford rose from fifth to fourth in the latest international university rankings table compile by data research group QS, with Cambridge…

Should you invest near the best universities?

According to applicant data from UCAS, there were more than 560,000 students applying for a full-time undergraduate course for the 2019/20 academic year, which was the first year-on-year increase in three years. This was driven by a record number of international students applying to British universities. Out of all the applicants, students from outside the UK made up 19.2% of the overall figure which is a 5.7% increase from the previous term.

Applicants from China made up a large…

Demand for housing by international students is still strong, despite Brexit

As a landlord, renting a property to students is a rewarding venture; the demand for student accommodation is strong and you can achieve excellent rental returns. However, letting to students doesn’t come without its concerns, especially as students tend to have a reputation of being somewhat irresponsible. However, according to a survey by the broadband and utilities provider Glide, this stereotype couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to this generation of students.…

Debunking the myths about student tenants

The rise of private student accommodation has been rapid over the past decade, with the sector now making up 50% of the entire market. Considering how ingrained the traditional university-owned hall of residence is in the student consciousness, this is an impressive feat.

We have previously outlined how the scale of this change represents a ‘handing over’ of responsibility for university accommodation to private developers, and how 2019 is likely to see record breaking statistics

What makes private student accommodation so popular?

The minister for universities, Chris Skidmore, has issued a firm warning to student landlords who are providing poor accommodation to their tenants, stating that ‘time is up’ for them and that they need to improve the living standards of their accommodation or face being taken to court.

Speaking to students, the minister believed that there are too many rogue landlords ‘exploiting’ students by not fulfilling their responsibilities and providing accommodation that doesn’t meet…

Universities minister warns rogue landlord to up their standards or face legal action