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Student Housing Heats Up Investment Market

February 15, 2010Article by Ray Withers

In a time when UK buy to let is emerging as one of the hottest sectors in global property investment, student accommodation investment is emerging as one of the hottest sub-sectors.

The realities make student property investment one of the safest investments, with the closest to guaranteed returns as we all know you get. And that is the reason why it is getting so hot; ever since the credit crunch people are putting far more weight on the security of their investment and the returns thereof than they are the size of said returns. The fact that student accommodation is capable of matching most and beating many other buy to let classes is all part of the allure.

Those realities are:

A: the government is up scaling its focus on getting more and more students into higher education after they leave school. And not only that, more and more people are realising that, if you want to get ahead in today’s society a decent higher education and qualifications is not only an advantage but almost a necessity.

And B: Supplies have not been growing anywhere near fast enough to keep up with the first reality and the massive increase in demand that it is causing for quality student accommodation.

UK based international property investment consultancy Property Frontiers has just taken on some student properties for sale in Liverpool, which is in the form of rooms for sale within a private halls of residence. This, the firm says is the safest of all student investments.

“Investment in a property within a halls of residence is obviously the safest student investment, because the college will recommend these places to their first year intakes. This means that occupancy is all but guaranteed.

The figures of our investment speak for themselves: demand for student accommodation in Liverpool has been growing a 12% per years and the halls have enjoyed 100% occupancy for a solid 12 years since they were refurbished. This gives a yield of 10% per annum. For just £38,000 investors buy into this hands-off security with tenants already in place.”

Property Frontier’s student investment is the rooms at the Beacon House halls of residence in Liverpool. The halls are within walking distance of 2 Liverpool universities, which obviously increases the level of security with regards their occupancy levels. £38,000 buys a studio within the development, which is fully managed and a completely hands-free investment.


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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