Student specific property proves profitable for investors

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Student numbers continue to climb in the UK with the latest figures from UCAS showing that, in total, 530,000 students were offered a place on a university course in 2017. For the first time ever, applications from international students surpassed 100,000, meaning that the popularity of securing a university education is as strong as ever. With more than 1.7 million students in full-time higher education in the UK, only 1 in 3 are currently able to reside in student specific property. In a market that is structurally undersupplied, the widespread rise in demand has led many students secure a room in a privately-operated student development over university halls of residence. Despite wanting separate living quarters, there is a significant demand for properties with communal spaces where students can socialise. Developments which offer good entertainment, breakout study areas, an onsite gym and comfortable, communal living spaces are a must. Students are aware of the cost of living and like to factor in the total cost of living – not just the rent. Student specific property developments that offer additional extras, such as free gym memberships, cinema rooms and communal activities, represents a saving elsewhere. International appeal of student developments Growing global student mobility has strengthened the need for high quality options that offers a safe and fully managed living space. Developments with on-site management, 24/7 CCTV and secure access are key to attracting overseas students. As the market has matured, high expectations of students have meant that they are willing to pay a premium for the best amenities and onsite services. As the market matures, international students have emerged as the main target for high-end rooms in student specific property. Student specific property appeals to investors Student property is widely regarded as the UK’s best performing asset class. The sector appeals […]

Opto Student Newcastle

First look at Opto Student Newcastle from Experience Invest

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Over the last 7 years, Experience Invest has been at the forefront of the UK’s purpose-built student property investment sector. The company’s foresight, and business model, has created a blueprint for individual investors to secure high yielding rental returns from a fully managed property in the UK’s best performing asset class. Opto Student Newcastle Opto Student Newcastle is the latest student property investment designed and created by Experience Invest. The purpose-built development is located in Newcastle’s popular quayside area and is just a short walk from two world-renowned universities. The high specification building comprises 207 self-contained studio suites and an array of highly desirable facilities including a gym, games room, laundry room, a cinema and meeting room, 24/7 CCTV, on-site management and a reception, plus a courtyard that links the main building to a separate two storey outhouse. The outhouse has been designed to enhance the student experience and is the perfect size for the management company, Opto Living, to host events throughout the academic year. The ground floor will contain two spacious dining rooms that will have access to a large modern kitchen. The top floor will have an open plan events space complete with a permanent DJ both, comfortable seating and access to a rooftop terrace that will have views of the River Tyne. Prime location for student property investment Newcastle has been pinpointed by the Experience Invest team as a prime location for purpose-built student property. The city has a student population of roughly 50,000 students and, with applications to the University of Newcastle and Northumbria University continually rising, there is a high demand for student housing in the city to cater to increasing student numbers. Commenting on fundamental factors surrounding the investment, Jerald Solis, Business Development and Acquisitions Director, Experience Invest commented, “There is a high […]

Aura student development liverpool

New microsite launched to showcase Aura student accommodation investment

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Experience Invest has launched a new microsite that showcases Aura – our highest yielding student property investment located in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter. From investment news, project highlights, detailed interactive maps and a full image gallery, the microsite showcases the Aura student accommodation investment. Explore the microsite of Aura student development Liverpool… Student property investment Liverpool Liverpool has emerged as one of the best places to invest in student accommodation. With a shortfall of 21,900 managed beds, the student accommodation investment market in Liverpool is booming. In recent years, student numbers in the city have increased to almost 60,000 and this number is forecast to rise in the upcoming academic year. 60% of people who move to Liverpool look to stay in student accommodation and there is ample space for the city’s student accommodation investment market to grow. Liverpool has a very attractive market for this type of asset class and there is a fair few student accommodation investment opportunities available however, not all student developments offer stable returns.   Aura Student Development, Liverpool Student accommodation investment yields are some of the highest in the property market when compared to traditional buy-to-let options. Aura contains a selection of luxury en-suite student bedrooms (sometimes referred to as student pods) which, upon completion, will deliver an 8.5% NET return per annum for an assured 5-year period. Designed with the competitive nature of the market in mind, this luxury student accommodation investment contains a whole host of onsite amenities that will appeal to the student market year after year. The inclusion of high-speed internet and Wi-Fi, large social areas containing comfortable seating, pool tables and entertainment, a fully equipped gym and yoga space, on-site laundry facilities, large meeting/study areas, 24/7 CCTV and an on-site management team, will all help to make the development stand […]

Property prices in Luton

Luton emerges as a UK property hotspot

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The latest data from Halifax has shown that Luton property prices increased by 19.4% in 2016, outpacing gains across the rest of the country. On average, properties in the town increased by £48,000 throughout the course of 2016. When compared to the national average of 7.5%, Luton property prices increased at an accelerated rate over the past 12 months. “Most of the areas that have seen the biggest house price rises during 2016 are either within close commuting distance of the capital or in outer London. Demand in these areas has risen as substantial property price rises in central London over the last few years have caused increasing numbers of people to seek property in more affordable areas,” Martin Ellis, Housing Economist with the Halifax. Commuter hotspot The town’s popularity as a London commuter hotspot has helped propel Luton property prices. High house prices in London has created and exodus of people who now see the value of choosing to live elsewhere instead. As Luton is just 22 minutes by train from Central London, commuters do not have to travel far to get more for their money. And it is not just commuters who are flocking to this commuter belt town. The University of Bedfordshire, which is ranked 64th in the UK by the Times Higher Education World University rankings, has seen a rise in students studying at its Luton campus. The town centre campus has witnessed an influx of private student developments pop up, as students increasingly understand the value of privately operated digs over HMOs.   New completed development in Luton The latest Experience Invest completed development is in Luton’s town centre. Chapel Street comprises 87 en-suite and studio apartments which have been specifically designed for the student market. Investors are receiving rental returns from this fully managed […]

New 2017 Student Accommodation Investment Guide launched

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Experience Invest has released an online 2017 UK Student Accommodation Investment Guide aimed at investors looking to enter this high yielding property market. The guide, which is free and interactive, contains expert analysis of the sector’s performance in 2016 and looks at what investors can expect from the sector over the next 12 months. 2017 UK Student Accommodation Investment Guide launched “As we enter the New Year, many investors will review the performance of their current portfolio and will consider how it will fair in 2017. Student property is known as the UK’s best performing asset class and despite rising level of investment over the last 5 years, some investors still consider it as an alternative asset. “Our new 2017 UK Student Accommodation Investment Guide is filled with helpful information about the sector. It delves into the risks and the rewards and address the impact of Brexit on the sector. Every investor should read this guide before they purchase student property,” Jerald Solis, Acquisitions and Business Development Director at Experience Invest explains. Rise of the regions Investors have shunned London student property investments in favour of regional opportunities. According to data from Cushman & Wakefield, investors have been attracted to cheaper and higher yielding en-suites and studio apartments in regional cities with large student populations. The guide explains where investors should consider buying student property and why these areas are hotspots for investors. University towns and cities such as Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, and Luton have all emerged as a popular choice for buyers looking to generate a rental return from this profitable asset class. Click here to access the guide…  The future of student property The future looks bright for the UK’s student property market. Despite upcoming Brexit talks and the government’s plan to trigger Article 50 in March, […]

Is student accommodation still an attractive option for investors?

Is student accommodation still an attractive option for investors?

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With a record level of £5.9 billion of investment in the UK’s student accommodation investment in 2015, the sector is thriving. Student accomodation is the UK’s top performing asset class. The experts at Savills believe that £4 billion will be invested in student assets in 2016. This shows real potential for strength in investment to continue for many years to come as the sector continues to perform on a mainstream level. Since April 2016, an additional 3% Stamp Duty levy has been applied to UK buy-to-let property and on second homes purchases however, not many investors realise that student property is exempt from the tax increase. Pay no Stamp Duty Tax As Stamp Duty Tax is not paid on UK student property, investors can save between 3% and 15% on their purchase depending on the price of their investment. Student accommodation tends to cost less than residential property which could increase demand as more people look towards the sector as a way to get onto the property ladder without spending too much initially. What’s more, student property provides investors with the freedom to buy as many units as they like. Investors can purchase multiple student apartments equal to or more than the value of a residential apartment and save thousands on Stamp Duty tax. There are also no restrictions for overseas buyers. Where to invest? Some UK university towns and cities provide better opportunities than others. Cities like Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds all have a large student population and, despite new student rooms coming on to the market, there is still an acute undersupply of rooms. Experience Invest recently commented on Liverpool’s booming student property market. Follow the link to find out more. Commuter belt towns such as Luton and Brighton also can offer investors higher than average returns from student […]

Experience Invest celebrates its 3rd year of student property success in Luton

Experience Invest celebrates its 3rd year of student property success in Luton

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Welcome back to the Experience Invest Blog where we provide readers with topical property news and interesting analysis of the UK’s real estate market including sectors like student property, buy-to-let and commercial assets. Today we take a trip down memory lane and look back at one of our most successful student property investments, London Park House. Located in the heart of Luton – which is just 22 mins away from Central London by train – the development is in a desirable area for the town’s students. London Park House is just a short walk from the University of Bedfordshire’s Luton campus and students can stroll into the town’s centre which is home to a large mall, supermarkets and an entertainment complex which includes a large cinema. This September, Experience Invest will celebrate the development’s third anniversary since first opening its doors to students. “We have been incredibly happy with how students have responded to the building. The students have enjoyed using all of the on-site facilities which include the gym, the cinema room and the communal lounges,” a representative from the site’s management company, Opto Living explains. “We have reached 100% occupancy level and overall student satisfaction has been high.” With all bills included in the price, many students in Luton are opting for this style of accommodation over HMOs or university operated halls of residence. New student property opening soon! To answer to the demand from student who wish to stay in high end, purpose-built student rooms in Luton, Opto Living will open a new development for the 2016/2017 academic year. “Chapel Street will allow students who have missed out on London Park House to stay in new-build accommodation in Luton and be a part of team Opto,” the spokesperson continued. “Both developments have been designed with students in […]

[Infographic] UK Student Accommodation Investment Trends

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Welcome back to the Experience Invest property blog. Today we will be looking at the UK’s flourishing Student Accommodation Investment sector. Now in its fourth year, the Experience Invest UK Student Accommodation Investment Guide is a go-to guide for those looking to enter this lucrative property sector. Earlier on in the year, Experience Invest surveyed 2,000 UK adults about the UK’s student property market. What did the student accommodation investment survey reveal? Despite a record-breaking £5.7 billion worth of investment in the UK’s student property market in 2015, many people are unaware of the high yields which could be achieved from this asset class. The sector’s shift into the mainstream has showed that many investors prefer the reassurance of a fully managed development. To help break up the information, our creative design team has put together an informative infographic about UK student property trends. We have also put together a handy guide to help education investors about this thriving property market. What is in the UK Student Accommodation Investment guide? Video interviews, testimonials and more Breaking news and features Interactive FAQs Location guide HMOs vs Purpose-built student property Risks vs Rewards Top 5 tips Sneak peek inside a completed student development “Although most people have some knowledge of the market, many investors remain unaware of the high returns they can achieve from student property,” Dale Anderson, Project Manager at Experience Invest explains. “Outdated ideas about rundown, converted residential houses and troublesome tenants have put some investors off the market. In reality, today’s market consists of sleek new-build properties which have been designed with students in mind. High speed Wi-Fi, on site gyms and communal rooms with gaming centres, Sky TV and pool tables come as standard in this flourishing property market. “The specialist nature of the sector has put some investors off in […]