Student Accommodation has rapidly become one of the UK’s top asset classes for investors looking to achieve consistently high yields and an entirely hands-off investment.
In 2020, despite the pandemic, the Purpose Built Student Accommodation sector recorded its highest investment volume. The long term fundamentals of purpose built student accommodation remain strong.
The UK is home to some of the finest higher education establishments in the world, with the second highest level of applications for places, behind only the USA.
The Russell Group Universities (the leading 24 Universities in the UK) have almost half a million undergraduates and a quarter of a million post-graduate students enrolled each year.
Savvy investors will seek to secure student accommodation in the top university cities to ensure there is a steady stream of demand.
Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) is a good investment option, especially for those seeking a property investment type that is hands off and has a low entry price point.
With the majority of Universities in the UK struggling to provide enough high quality accommodation to their students each year, and now with the introduction of Article 4 areas and licensing issues surrounding HMO’s, Purpose Built Student Accommodation is becoming an ever-popular investment for investors across the globe, without the additional stamp duty costs now associated with residential buy-to-let.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in the demand for self-contained student accommodation as a preference over shared houses meaning PBSA is increasingly popular.
Furthermore, this type of accommodation is more appealing to international students who seek a smooth transition when they’re moving to a new country to study and like to know everything is modern and in working order when they arrive.
With a shift in priorities through the pandemic, many students are now choosing to live in private studios rather than student house shares.
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