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Investing in Student Accommodation


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Purpose-built student accommodation has proven time and time again to be one of the most reliable, secure, income-generating asset classes within the world of property investment and is therefore a must-have for all investors looking to expand their portfolios.

Demand for high-quality new-build student accommodation is very high, with supply failing to keep up with all segments of demand in many locations. The market's resilience through the recession years and the introduction of tuition fees has created a safe and stable platform for investors who are looking for increasing rental growth, sharp yields and outstanding performance.


Assetz has been a long standing advocate of investments in the student property. In November 2014, the company won the OPP award for "Best Student Housing Broker".


The Past and Future of Student Housing

Over the past decade much legislation has been put in place to regulate Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) licensing and shared student housing. This has undoubtedly had a noticeable impact on investment in the student sector. The new laws have restricted the amount of residential properties used as HMO houses and forced a gradual migration of students back towards purpose-built accommodation.

HMOs have long been recognised by the government as a source of loss in terms of potential council tax revenue and inefficient land use. Consequently HMOs are now subject to planning restrictions which make it more difficult for landlords to achieve licensing.

As a result, purpose-built student halls will continue to increase their market share at the expense of HMOs and provide benefits for investors, with high demand paving the way for increasingly secure investments.

A Focus on Quality

In recent years there has been a clear shift in student living trends. If once the main criterion for selecting a place to live was money, pushing the student population to live in low rent HMOs, there is now a definite difference in the expectations of university students.

The increase in tuition fees that came into place for students in 2012, has created a new breed of 'consumer students' who, in perceiving the burden of increased financial debt, have started to expect a standard of high-quality accommodation that provides more value for money. 'Consumer students' tend to be more independent and focused on study, with a preference for their own personal space and to live and study in an environment that will support their chances of successfully obtaining their degree. Purpose-built accommodation now needs to take in high consideration these new requirements in order to take over from dated student residences.

Students would now normally expect all of the following facilities:

  • Self-contained rooms (en suite, study space, kitchenette)
  • Enhanced technology, i.e. high speed broadband and Wi-Fi
  • Easy access to the university and associated buildings
  • Easy access to local amenities
  • High-quality, modern appliances, fixtures and fittings

Make sure the student property you are investing in ticks all the boxes!


Criteria for a Profitable Investment

It is fundamental for any investor approaching this sector to follow a specific criteria to recognise a safe and profitable investment.

  • Purpose-built - Refurbished buildings are not suitable for halls of residence due to the high cost of maintenance which they naturally incur. Investors will struggle to generate a reasonable income and struggle to sell refurbished student property.

  • Experienced Developer and Building manager - Having an integrated developer and student facility manager for student accommodation projects is a massive advantage. It ensures a rigid marketing plan will be in place to attract full occupancy on its completion, offering security for investors.

  • Profitable location - Location is fundamental when purchasing a unit in a purpose-built student development. Students are reluctant to travel far and they want to live in accommodation close to the educational hub and local amenities. The right location will ensure a constant occupancy that will reflect positively on investors' returns.

  • High-standards - The long-term viability of a development needs to be carefully considered. The design process should provide a high-quality building to match the market demand and to guarantee overtime, a safe return for investors.

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