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Student accommodation rises by 155% in Q1 2014

Transactions on student accommodation property investments have risen by 155% compared to last year according to a new report.

Transactions on student accommodation property investments have risen by 155% compared to last year according to a new report.

Compiled by JLL, the figures analysed transactional investment in the student accommodation sector in Q1 of 2014 and compared them to the same period in 2013. The first quarter of this year saw transactions reach the total amount of £415 million, with the availability of debt finance and increased access to equity being attributed as the main reasons for the increased activity in the market.


2014 has seen a number of high profile student property purchases take place already with the increased presence of corporate and high net worth investors within the student sector. The extensive Opal portfolio was purchased by Campus Living Villages after the collapse of the Opal brand for a total of £244 million.


Also, Curlew Student Trust committed £63.5 million of forward funding to three student developments that will be built to order and Henderson’s completed their £17.2 million acquisition of the Gallery Apartments in Glasgow.


The report also predicts that investment in the student market will remain active throughout the rest of the year, with an estimated £720 million worth of student accommodation currently under offer and a further £350 million being marketed.

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