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Investors Buy £4bn of Student Housing in The First Half of 2015

The level of institutional investment going into purpose built student housing is at a level not seen before, which should be a major concern to student landlords in the UK. Some £4bn was pumped into student housing in the first half of 2015, which is a staggering THREE TIMES more than in any previous six month period.

The Unite Group plc is one company that is still rapidly expanding into the UK student accommodation sector, despite already managing 45,000 student beds, and on the 5th of August it announced its half year results, with recurring profits rising by 45% allowing the firm to increase its dividend payment by 150%.

Regarding the sea of money flowing into UK student accommodation, Unite states: 'A series of large portfolios have been sold to new or relatively new entrants to the sector.

The majority of buyers have been supported by international capital from institutional and private equity investors and we believe that yields on these transactions ranged from 4.5% for central London assets to 5.7% for provincial locations.

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