London Student Housing

Welcome to our latest student housing report which looks at how the purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) market is under pressure to meet demand in London.

Key highlights include:

  • More than 210,000 full-time students are unable to access the PBSA market in London, despite the growth in supply over the last 10 years
  • In Zone 1, the development pipeline has fallen from 6,888 beds in 2014/15 to 1,519 in 2017/18
  • With two thirds of university stock built before 2000 there will be pressure to modernise at a time when universities are focusing investment in new academic buildings
  • 10% increase in transaction volumes in the 12 months following the Brexit vote compared to the 12 months before demonstrates the appetite for global investors
  • Continued demand and restrictions on new supply are likely to lead to a further hardening of yields 
  • Forecast shortage of investment stock in the sector.

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