CBRE announce record Q1 for UK student room investment

CBRE’s Student Housing Market View Q1 2012 has revealed that over £246 million (297.6 million Euros) of student room investment deals were transacted in the first quarter of this year.

Comparing figures from the previous year – when investment in student property increase by around 50% to £1.1 billion – the first quarter results from 2012 are positive for the sector, with signs pointing that student room investment will continue to grow.

The property specialists also stated that despite a dip in the number of UCAS applications, the Higher Education sector is still oversubscribed and predict that the student population will not fall as a result of the increase in tuition fees.

This year UCAS has reported 5.2% fewer applications for degree courses and 7.4% decline in total applications for the 2012/2013 academic year.

Applications from students from the European Union has seen a notable decrease, however there has been a 12% increase in applications from non-EU countries. Applications from the Far East have risen by 10%, applications from students in Hong Kong have increased by 37% and applications from Australasia have also increased by 15%.

To outline the extent of applicant over-subscription, CBRE has stated that in September 2011 700,160 students applied for spaces on courses however only 492,030 students were accepted. Roughly 30% of applicants missed out on a university place.
It is clear that the demand for student room investment remains high and will remain high due to the continual demand for university places.

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