Why This Year's University Clearing Process is Great News for Investors

Posted: 15 August 2014
By:Anthony Cliff

Whilst many students are still enjoying the celebrations of yesterday’s A Level results, for some the process of trying to find a university place through the clearing process is continuing.


Student Accommodation Investments


As we reported yesterday, nearly 400,000 students achieved the grades they needed to reach their chosen university. Yet even for those who didn’t achieve the grades they were hoping for, there has been more choice available this results day than ever before. The record number of university places available for the 2014/15 academic year means that those receiving their results are enjoying greater freedom to choose their university. With more universities than ever before participating in the clearing process, it is expected that the number of students beginning university in the autumn will exceed 500,000 for the first time.


This increase makes excellent reading for investors as demand for private student accommodation rises to accommodate the new students. The oversubscription of university accommodation in a year that is likely to see the largest ever number of students beginning in the autumn semester will inevitably bring a boost to private student property providers.


'For the first time ever, more than 500,000 students are expected to attend join universities this autumn'


Traditionally the choice of international students and those who are in the later years of studying, these developments are now attracting more first year students. With exceptional modern facilities and competitive rents, these developments are an attractive option for students looking to enjoy a relaxed and active university experience.


This is why the student accommodation market has enjoyed the increased interest of investors over the past two years. According to the Savills UK Student Report 2014, ‘in the first four months of this year, there have been transactions worth £950 million’ solely in student accommodation investments, marking a significant increase on the same period in 2014. Offering yields that surpass the residential market in the UK, student accommodation has become the investment of choice for many buyers.


UK Student Accommodation Investments


As many students continue to seek accommodation for this September, Principal International is pleased to offer you a range of exciting student investment opportunities that will allow you to capitalise on this buoyant market.


With the final release of units at Appleton Point, investors will benefit from 9% NET rental return, 5 year rental assurance. Fully managed by one of the largest national operators of student accommodation in the UK, Appleton Point will be ready to welcome its new residents next month.


Located in the heart of the city, the Cheapside Liverpool development will also be completed for the upcoming academic year. Offering an 8% NET rental return, 5 year rental assurance and full management by an experienced student accommodation provider, Cheapside is a fantastic opportunity to invest in the student accommodation market.

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