September 24 2020

Chinese Students Flying to UK on Chartered Planes

September 24 2020

Chinese Students Flying to UK on Chartered Planes

Author: Gareth MarshallCategory: International News, UK Student Property
  • Share

British universities are putting on private flights to help bring record numbers of Chinese students to the UK for the 2020/21 academic year.

Summary:

  • Chinese students are arriving in the UK on planes chartered by UK universities for the new academic year
  • Figures show record numbers of students from China applying to study in Britain for 2020/21
  • It underlines the enduring appeal of a UK education despite coronavirus-related restrictions – and the importance of providing substantial levels of student accommodation in key cities

 

Across the UK and Northern Ireland, Chinese students are arriving on chartered flights to take their place at British universities.

There have been various reports of students being privately flown in by some of the UK’s most prestigious institutions to support travel amidst disruption and restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to China’s Xinhua News Agency, Hainan Airlines began operating direct flights from Chongqing to Manchester from 21st September. The carrier provided a transfer service to Chongqing from 27 other cities in China, including Bejing and Shanghai. It is believed that the students boarding these flights will be studying at 23 different British universities, including the University of Manchester.

It was a similar story in Northern Ireland. Irish News reported that Queen’s University Belfast chartered a Qatar Airways Boeing 777 flight from Beijing (via Doha) to Belfast, carrying 400 Chinese students. On October 3rd, a second fully-booked flight will land in Northern Ireland on the same route.

A spokesperson for Queen’s University commented: “We appreciate international travel can be difficult to arrange at the moment and want to make it as easy as possible for students to travel to Belfast for the start of the next academic year.”

Figures detailed in The Times show that over 24,000 Chinese students have applied to study at UK universities for 2020/21, an increase of 23% over the previous year. 8,570 Chinese students were accepted for a place on courses, an uplift of 14% year-on-year.

Despite travel restrictions, and changes to university services and teaching practices in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, these figures continue to show just how valued a UK education is to international students.

With overseas students – and Chinese students, in particular – increasingly making purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) their preferred property choice while studying, investment in the sector in key university cities has never been more important.

This continued demand to study and live in the UK also serves to remind investors of PBSA’s resilience to wider uncertainty.

 

Current Investment Opportunities

The Blade
Manchester
Prices from GBP 247,000

Now Launched

More Details

Affinity Living Riverview
Manchester
Prices from GBP 297,588

20% down, 80% balance on completion

More Details

Victoria Residence at Crown Street
Manchester
Prices from GBP 446,000

Rental returns begin Q4 2020

More Details

Affinity Living Embankment West
Manchester
Prices from GBP 386,669

96% Sold - Final apartments in the project on sale now

More Details

Vita Student
Park Place
Prices from GBP 148,000

Phase 4 now launched - invest with just 20% deposit

More Details

The UK Property Investment Newsletter

Receive the latest property investor news, insight and exclusive offers direct to your inbox and stay up to date with the latest research.

Learn more about what we do with your data at any time by reading our Privacy Policy.