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Jones Lang LaSalle comment on today’s UCAS announcement

London, 30th January 2012 – The Student Accommodation team at Jones Lang LaSalle has commented below on today’s UCAS announcement what this means for the sector.


• 540,073 total applicants (total = UK, other EU and non EU) in 2012 compared to 583,546 in 2011.  An overall decline of 7.4%

• JLL Analysis - Applications to Russell Group Universities have fallen by 4.7%, to 1994 Group Universities by 2.9% and to Million Plus Group Universities by 8.9%.  Applications to London universities are down 10.9%.

• The number of applicants from the UK has fallen by 8.7%.  Applicants from England fell by 9.9%, Northern Ireland by 4%, Wales by 1.9% and Scotland 1.5%.

• Applications from other EU countries has fallen by 11.2%

• However, International applications (outside the EU) have grown by 13.7%, to 41,361.  Numbers have grown from Hong Kong by 37.3%, Australasia by 20.4%, Malaysia by 14.2%, the Far East (excl. HK and Malaysia) by 12.7%, the Middle East by 12.8% and the America’s by 9.6%.
• 540,073 applicants as at 15th January 2012, albeit a decrease of 7.4% is still 48,043 more applications than there are places.  This equates to c. 9% of applicants and in turn means 9% of applicants won’t be able to access a place.  This deficit is likely to increase between now and 30th June and thus proving a far greater demand than there is supply of courses. 

• Detailed analysis of the data shows that the decreases in demand are slightly larger in more advantaged demographic groups than in disadvantaged groups.  Therefore, the widely expressed concerns of the recent changes in Higher Education funding having a more disproportionate effect on more disadvantaged groups are not supported by the UCAS data. 

• International student (non-EU) applications have increased by 13.7%.  This rise is a strong sign that the UK is still perceived as a world class destination for Higher Education and a positive indicator for the Student Accommodation sector, especially across London.  Approximately 70% of private sector student accommodation across the capital is occupied by international students as it is this demographic who continue to be able to afford the higher rents set in these properties and subsequently impact upon rental growth across the city and the sector in the regions.

• The chronic under supply of purpose built accommodation and the strong rental growth fundamentals continue to attract existing and new investors to the sector which has proven a recession proof asset class. 
• Today’s UCAS figures continue to highlight that demand continues to outstrip supply. 
• With increased competition amongst universities we see continued investment in the sector both by the private sector and the universities.  
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Notes to editors:

- These figures are based on the 15th January “equal consideration deadline”.  UCAS still send applications to Universities up and until 30th June.  Last year a further 116,000 people applied through UCAS between 15th January and 30th June.  Therefore these figures and percentage differences are based purely on the same data this time last year and not the overall number of applicants which totalled c. 700,000.