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Student Accommodation Ownership

Total returns in the student  accommodation sector outperform all other traditional asset classes.

Despite economic downturn in recent years, student property has produced a positive rental growth throughout, thus is a highly sought after portfolio addition for both private and corporate investors.

The strength of the sector is a direct result of the rapid increase in the numbers of domestic and international undergraduates in the UK, combined with the lack of suitable and affordable housing.

Gower & Mae have access to an extensive list of student property prospects in all of the major university towns, including London,  Bath, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Oxford and St Andrews.

Ideal for the busy investor, very little input is required of a student property owner, as the marketing, maintenance and tenant handling is the responsibility of its experienced accommodation group. For this reason, we only nurture relationships with first-rate student  accommodation developers and management companies, so we can provide sophisticated market analysis and insights to ensure our clients enter the student sector feeling confident and secure.

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Typical rental yield on student sector

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Full time students live in purpose built accommodation


The typical rental yield on a student property is 8%, which is higher than any other traditional asset class, including retail, office and industrial spaces.

Home to a weighty proportion of the world’s top rated universities, the UK is a prime educational destination for international students, whom help drive the student accommodation sector. Currently, the UK’s market share of international students is at 13%, and as there is no planned cap on the amount of students allowed to study here, it’s likely that this number will only get larger.

“Over the next five years, the number of international students in the UK is set to grow by up to 20%, making this the ideal time to buy.”

– Mark Sharman