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CBRE Reports £2.1bn Invested in UK Student Accommodation in 2013

For the second year running, total investment in UK student accommodation has breached £2 billion, as £2.1 billion was cultivated in to the sector over the 12 months of 2013.

In contrast to many other property asset classes, student accommodation has experienced a boom in regional investment outside of London. In 2013, 88 per cent of the reported £2.1 billion invested went to regional schemes across thirty different towns and cities.

Locations such as Manchester and Liverpool are enticing investors looking for large scale opportunities with high yields and strong rental prospects, and the structural under-supply of student accommodation across many UK towns and cities has incited new investors to the sector.

The UK student housing sector is now viewed as a global haven for international capital and overseas investors are increasing their presence in the UK accommodation market. According to CBRE, in 2011 overseas buyers accounted for 23 per cent of total investment. However, by the end of 2013 this had risen to 52 per cent.