Student property investment improving university experience

Student property investment improving university experience

The academic quality of British universities and the increasing sophistication of PBSA are contributing to some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the world.


  • The overall satisfaction of internationals students staying in the UK is 91% – one of the highest levels in the world
  • International students are attracted to both prestigious institutions and high-quality purpose-built accommodation
  • A record year of student property investment has seen almost £6 billion worth of transactions

International students studying and staying in the UK enjoy higher levels of satisfaction than any of their counterparts in other major developed nations.

The International Undergraduate Students, The UK’s Competitive Advantage report from the UK HE’s International Unit found satisfaction levels currently stand at 91%. Furthermore, these ratings have increased in every area of the university learning experience over the past year.

UK HE International Unit Director Vivienne Stern commended British universities on their aspiration to continuously improve the overall student experience.

High volumes of international students are an important barometer of the ongoing prominence of the UK’s university sector, but the influx and retention of these highly educated young people is also widely perceived to have economic benefits to the country.

Ms Stern added: “The UK must jointly capitalise on its obvious strengths in order to drive sustained growth for this critical component of the UK’s higher education system and its broader economy.”

The increasing mobility of the international student body has also had massive implications for property investment. Student accommodation, so long restricted to house in multiple occupancy and university-provided halls of residence, is now an active consideration in students’ city of choice. Students travelling from overseas value the facilities and community offered by more modern purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA).

Consequently, PBSA investment has recorded a record year, with almost £6 billion spent and investors enjoying monthly yields that are up to 50% higher than wider UK housing stock.

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