UK students welcome the influx of international peers – will this encourage more overseas students and what will this mean for student property investment?
- A survey of 500 UCAS applicants has found that prospective domestic students believe that the influence of international students will enhance their overall university experience
- 85% believe that studying alongside international students will provide useful preparation for working in a global environment
- With more international students expected to come to the UK in the next few years, an even greater emphasis will be placed in developing the best student property
Domestic students in the UK are welcoming the growing numbers of international students coming to Britain to attend university and believe that they will have a significant impact on their overall experience of further education, a new survey has found.
YouthSight quizzed 500 UCAS applicants about their views on the prospect of studying alongside more students from overseas. 87% of respondents believe that international students will give them a better world view, and 85% stated that they would be better prepared for working in a global environment.
Nick Hillman, Director at the Higher Education Policy Institute who commissioned the survey, said the results emphasise the positive impact that international students are having on university education in the UK, stating that “today’s students see themselves as tomorrow’s global citizens”.
The number of students coming to the UK to study from abroad has increased by 100% in the last 10 years, with those figures expected to grow by a further 15-20% over the next five years.
Rising international student numbers has fuelled the demand for quality, experience-led student accommodation brands. Students will pay more for quality purpose-built student accommodation, of which there is currently a clear undersupply. Already named by Knight Frank as the UK’s best performing asset class, this could further add to appeal of a student property investment.