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2015 UK student housing investment exceeds £3.8bn in June says JLL

Full year UK investment volumes set to reach record £5.75bn


London, 30 June 2015 – 2015 investment in UK student housing has passed £3.8bn in the first six months of the year and is set to hit a record £5.75billion by year end, according to the latest figures released by JLL.

The second quarter of 2015 saw £1.6 billion transacted, a 126% increase on the same period last year, with headline deals including the Westbourne, Nido and AUB Portfolios and the single asset sale of Assam Place in London.

The growth in investment volumes comes as UCAS has witnessed a steady increase in university applicants, with a 2% rise when compared to May 2014.

Philip Hillman, chairman of the Alternatives Group at JLL said: "We have seen significant investment in UK student housing so far this year, with particularly strong interest from Russian, Canadian and US investors. This is a trend we expect to continue as we push into the second half of the year.

"As the alternatives sector becomes increasingly mainstream, the liquidity in the market and increasing variety of investors with diverse underwriting approaches to the sector dynamics continues to drive investment."