Student Accommodation Update

New research by CBRE reveals that a record £2 billion was invested in UK student accommodation in the first three quarters of 2012; that is a rise of 145 per cent on the same period in 2011. There is a growing trend for investors to look outside of London; more than 50 per cent of the total investment in 2012 has been in the regions.

Jo Winchester at CBRE says, ‘Total returns remain a key driver for investors as they flock towards the impressive returns given by student accommodation for a second year in a row. Our data shows that student accommodation is outperforming other asset classes by some margin, as it has brought 9.6 per cent returns in the year to September 2012. This compares to 5.4 per cent for all offices and 2.2 per cent for all retail in the year to August 2012.’ Is it time you looked at student accommodation investing; drop us a line if you are interested.