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Investment in UK student accommodation up by almost 50% report CBRE

April 17, 2012Article by Ray Withers

According to the latest research from CBRE, over £246 million of student housing investment deals in the UK were transacted in Q1 2012 with total investment in student accommodation increasing by nearly 50% to over £1.1 billion in 2011.

Indeed, demand for long leased products has risen seeing annual yields grow to 5.5% in the top regional towns for student housing let out to universities according to the CBRE research.

Furthermore UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Services) has discovered that degree course applications from non-EU countries rose by an impressive 13.7% controlled primarily by students from East Asia, in particular Hong Kong.

Ray Withers, Chief Executive of leading student property investment agency active in the top university town of Liverpool, Property Frontiers comments,

“As the very best asset class around, student accommodation is a proven and successful investment choice so it’s hardly surprising that investment deals in this sector in the UK are on the increase. For us, Liverpool student accommodation is one of our most popular and most lucrative markets with this sector attracting particular interest due to its affordable price point and double digit returns.

“Indeed, in spite of the 5.2% drop in 2012 degree course applicants in the UK compared to the same period in 2011, we are not surprised that applicants from non EU countries, particularly in Asia are on the up. At present, Chinese students make up the largest overseas student group in the UK, contributing around £2 billion to the economy and, with education being of high importance in Chinese culture and with Britain hosting some of the world’s best universities, Chinese students and investors alike are starting to make their mark.”

Currently, Liverpool presents the optimum buy-to-let environment for any investor, reaping significant returns from strong demand with the Knight Frank Student Property report 2012 identifying that average rents for apartments and en-suite rooms in regions such as Liverpool rose by 4% with total returns of around 10.5% last year.

For global investors looking for the perfect opportunity, new high quality private student housing developments such as The Paper Mill, Liverpool could provide the answer.

As the latest student accommodation development from Property Frontiers, The Paper Mill offers en-suite student rooms set within a well located refurbished building in central Liverpool from just £48,000.

Comprising 102 en-suite student rooms, The Paper Mill sits within a superior location; situated in the heart of Liverpool, adjacent to Liverpool One shopping centre and offers investors a 10% NET yield assured in year 1.

The Paper Mill units are now 60% sold so make sure you make your mark and contact Property Frontiers on +44 1865 202700.


Ray Withers

Ray has over 17 years’ experience in the international property market and bought his own first international property investment back in 2002. Aside from running Property Frontiers, Ray has been involved in residential, hotel, student and commercial property investment and development in both the UK and overseas and co-wrote "Where to Buy Property Abroad - An Investor's Guide". As Founder and Trustee of the Frontiers Foundation, Ray is directly involved with many of its projects to ensure they have a direct and tangible impact in individual communities across the globe. He is passionate about property, travelling, scouting out new opportunities and finding time to spend with his young family.
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