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Record £5.1bn Investment into Student Property in 2015

Investment in student accommodation has more than doubled year-on-year, according to a new report.

£5.1 billion Student Accommodation Investment 2015

Investment in student accommodation has more than doubled year-on-year, according to a new report.

Published by property firm Knight Frank, the figures demonstrate that more than £5.1 billion was invested into the UK’s student property market in 2015, dramatically eclipsing the previous record, where investors made acquisitions totalling £2.41 billion.


Commenting on the report, head of student property at Knight Frank, James Pullan, said: ‘2015 was a bumper year in terms of transactions, and whilst portfolios dominated activity, we expect to see an increase in single asset opportunities throughout 2016.’


Pullan added: ‘We predict a rise in institutional and international investors looking to invest in a buoyant asset class as pipeline opportunities come to market and investors look to diversify their asset portfolios.’


The figures reiterate a trend seen in recent years, with the so-called ‘alternative’ asset classes witnessing large scale growth in the level of investment within the market.


The four leading ‘alternative’ asset classes; hotels, care homes, student property and automotive, have seen a total of £46.6 billion invested since 2006, with more than £13 billion in assets purchased in 2015 alone. This has seen the volume of sales for the year far exceed their five and ten year averages.

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