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Category: UK Student Property

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Birmingham

Demand is at an all-time high in Birmingham, the major UK city with an economy growing as rapidly as its population. In fact, a recent report by Knight Frank revealed that Birmingham has attracted the most investment in new residential properties in 2021, outside of London. Ideally located in the heart of the UK, Birmingham is the central hub connecting London and the Northern Powerhouse – a journey to be cut in half thanks to GBP 106 billion high-speed railway, High-Speed 2 (HS2). Despite the expanding population of the UK’s...

Why are Investors Turning to Regional Cities Outside of London?

With the property market and the UK economy as a whole performing exceptionally well as we recover from the economic shock of Covid-19, UK real estate remains the most stable and reliable asset class. In fact, the recent growth projections from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) show good signs that the UK economy is bouncing back even faster than predicted, with the joint highest growth rate in the G7. Paired with the fact that house prices were up by 8% in the year to July 2021, now is an ideal...

The Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions Signals Growth for the UK Economy

As well as being a global crisis for humanity, the COVID-19 pandemic had an unprecedented impact on the world economy. Although the UK property market remained resilient, due to lockdowns and restrictions imposed by the government, the hospitality sector was one of the most affected in the UK. In fact, economic output in the hospitality sector was down 90% in April 2020 compared to February 2020. Following a phased easing of restrictions from April 2021, all lockdown rules were lifted by July. The Bank of England predicted that the UK...

6 Common Myths About UK Property Investment

Although UK property is one of the most highly regarded asset classes for its stability, all investments come with their intricacies and complications, which can lead to misconceptions – particularly from overseas investors as they get to grips with the UK market or the buying process. At Select Property Group, our team of property consultants across our global territories talk investors through a range of misconceptions, sharing our first-hand knowledge, insights and experience gained over the last 17 years as a leading developer and real estate expert. In this blog,...

2021: A Digital Era for Real Estate

Real estate is a sector amongst many that has entered a new digital era – a trend accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a world where travel and face-to-face viewings weren’t possible, the real estate sector relied on technology like never before for day-to-day operations. Although some investors will make their final decision after viewing the property in person, advances in digital technology have made it easier to get a feel for a property virtually like never before – something especially useful for international investors. But it’s not just international...

Purpose-Built vs. Multiple Occupancy Student Housing

For centuries, the UK has remained an incredibly highly regarded education centre and is home to some of the best universities in the world. Driven by this demand, student property is an incredibly lucrative investment opportunity and has a proven track record of strength and resilience in times of wider economic uncertainty. Although some predicted that first-time students would defer their first year of university due to the pandemic, UK university admissions service UCAS reported a record number of applicants for a university place for 2020/2021. With universities transitioning to...

PBSA Outnumbers UK University-Provided Beds For First Time

However, levels of purpose-built student accommodation remain low in key UK university cities, increasing investment demand from global buyers. Summary: New figures reveal the number of private purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) bed spaces in the UK has overtaken the amount of university-provided accommodation for the first time It comes as record numbers of students applied to study at university in 2020/21, with a spike in international applicants – a key PBSA target demographic However, PBSA supply remains low in comparison to student numbers in key university cities, at a time...

Chinese Students Flying to UK on Chartered Planes

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,...

Best Places to Invest in UK Property 2020

Here's what to look out for when choosing the best location for UK property investment - including a look at three top-performing cities. It’s long been renowned as one of the world’s most trusted assets. And UK property investment has never been as important as it has in 2020. With its ability to deliver a regular income and long-term growth – even during times of wider uncertainty – it’s no surprise that it consistently remains one of the most in-demand global assets. So, as more people look to invest for...

Vita Student in 2020: How Our UK Property Brands Adapt

We look at some of the ways the team at our luxury purpose-built student property residences have made our buildings safe for tenants in 2020. A challenge unlike any other in modern times. The global pandemic has impacted on our daily lives in many ways, forcing us to adapt to new restrictions and safety measures. And that’s exactly what the residence teams at Vita Student have done in recent months. With over 20 developments across the UK – home to some 6,000 students – making developments safe places for all...
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