Student accommodation investment

If you are looking to invest in a market that keeps growing bigger and bigger- why not look at the student accommodation market.

For example, London’s full time student population is expected to rise by 50% in the next decade while capital flows into student housing is expected to triple reaching £5.7 billion by the end of 2015, new research shows.

If you take a look at the domestic market it shows just how much direct investment is being made in the UK student housing market.

In the past two years alone it has risen from under £500 million in 2010 to £3.8 billion over the first half of 2015 with £1.5 billion just in London, according to an interesting research paper by property company JLL.

Furthermore, the rise of non-European Union students shows no sign of stopping with numbers swelling by 50% over the last decade. Another statistic shows that international students bring a net benefit of £2.3 billion per annum to the capital’s economy supporting 60,000 jobs in the capital.

The student property market has become somewhat of an established property investment class, not dissimilar to the commercial property market.

Even during the times of austerity and dips in the economy, student accommodation has time and time again proved itself as one of the most robust and stable investments around.

During the financial crisis, it managed to produce a stable yield growth on average of 9.95%, unlike a lot of other investment giants in the field.

Despite the growing numbers in enrolment at higher education institutions, the student property market remains largely undersupplied.

Increasingly, first years and returning students come across major difficulties in the hunt for accommodation to the point that some universities are forced to place two or more people into one single room.

With increasing amounts of international students choosing the UK to complete their higher education, the demand for student accommodation is on the rise, and this trend is likely to remain for the foreseeable future.

For as long as there are students, there will be a demand for student housing, making this investment come out on top in terms of financial stability.

This has resulted in students becoming more conscious of what their money can and should get them.

This, along with the growing number of non-EU students with a desire for high standard accommodation creates vast and promising opportunities to invest in the development of new student accommodation in the UK, with an assured high rental yield.

For more information on the student accommodation market and how to invest in it, please contact us on 0207 096 0125 or email: info@heglobalinvestments.com.

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