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Student property is a former niche investment asset, but has become increasingly popular in recent years and has grown to become the highest-performing asset class in the UK. It blends together many of the advantages of both residential and commercial investments – particularly with the growth of purpose-built student accommodation serving to transform the landscape of student housing. Yields are also comparatively high, averaging 6.25%. Bear in mind that you have some seasonality to build into your figures, as students aren’t in your property all year round.

Another attraction of student property investment, or at least purpose-built student property, is that it is often sold on a fully-managed basis making it a popular hands-off investment. It is also generally considered a good hedge against recession, as it was the only type of property which saw growth in yields during the most recent financial crisis. There are underperforming developments, so assess any given investment opportunity individually, but for the most part student property offers a relatively positive investment avenue.

Student Property Maintains Momentum After Record Year

2015 was a record-setting year for the UK's student property sector, with investors pouring more money into student accommodation than ever before. Now, a few months after the sector's strongest year yet came to an end, the latest industry analysis suggests that this popular and high-yielding property class still shows no signs of slowing. Last year, investors spent a total of £5.1 billion on student accommodation. This not only smashed previous records, but exceeded the previous year's total student investment volumes more than twice over. 2015 had seen £2.41 billion flow into the sector from investors – a figure which was well-received at the time but is less than half of what the sector went on to achieve in the following year. As a result of these high volumes, last year saw the once-niche student property sector account for a full 7.12% of all investment in UK commercial property. 2015...
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Student Property Hotspots of 2016

The market has proven itself to be of significant demand in the last five years, where does the market look to be heading in 2016? More than £6 billion was invested in student property in 2015 which demonstrates that over the last 3 years we are on somewhat of an upward curve. So much so, expectations for 2016 are set for student property to attract upwards of £8 billion in investment funds. The market grown from being a small sub sector to one of dominance with the market doubling in size from 2014 to 2015. It is estimated that upwards of 85% of second year undergraduates are now look for a quality purpose-built student property that meets their needs. Demand is also extremely high and this is quite possibly the main attraction for investors. CBRE statistics show that student property has occupancy rates of some 99%. With sky high occupancy...
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Glide Introduces Risk Free Bills Inclusive Package for Landlords

Student utilities and service provider removes potential of bills for excessive tenant usage Specialist student utilities and service provider, Glide, today launches Risk Free Bills Inclusive to provide greater peace of mind to landlords and letting agents of shared households throughout the UK. Inclusive rates have become increasingly popular among students over recent years; with almost three quarters (74%)1 saying that a rent package that includes utilities is an essential or important factor when choosing a property. In response, more and more landlords are offering inclusive rates, but in doing so they can run the risk of receiving a bill themselves at the end of the year for tenant excessive use. Bills for excessive use are rare due to the intuitive nature of the Glide payment plan, however, to avoid completely and give landlords greater peace of mind, Glide has introduced Risk Free Bills Inclusive. With this new package, Glide takes...
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Why Student Property Investment should not be impacted by rising interest rates

For the first time since 2007, interest rates are set to rise in the United Kingdom. This is something which an investor has not had to worry about in a while. However, they are going to have to start. A rise in interest rates is going to have an impact on your mortgage and the amount of yield you get from the properties you own.
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Is Student Property Investment a Risky Option?

Student property has thoroughly shed its former status as a niche investment. In the early stages of this year total investment value in the sector is expected to hit the £2 billion mark, according to a recent Aspen Woolf report. Investors are being drawn into student property largely by high returns. Last year, returns averaged 13.7%, well ahead of the average buy-to-let property, so it is not hard to see the allure.
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