The strength of Buy To Let Student Property in the Northern Powerhouse

Appealing to students means appealing to buy to let investors. Investors will in turn enjoy greater rental returns, and being a part of a UK student property market that has demonstrated it can weather the toughest of times.

Consider Manchester

According the 2016-17 QS World University Rankings, Manchester is second only to Edinburgh and London as the UK’s most popular university destination. It ranked the city joint-23rd in the world with Barcelona, and most impressive of all, the University of Manchester 29th worldwide.

Manchester is home to a diverse range of famous attractions, including The Lowry theatre, the National Football Museum and the Manchester Art Gallery. The presence of the BBC, along with the UK’s fastest-growing startup scene at MediaCityUK, provides huge appeal to students looking to get ahead when they graduate. These are just some of the reasons why developers continue to invest in the city, and why the Manchester student buy to let market is one of the most competitive in the country.

… and Liverpool

There is an estimated 54,000 students in Liverpool, making it one of the UK’s most popular places to study. Aside from an outstanding choice of universities, students choose the city for its vibrant social scene, low cost of living and rich cultural heritage.

Student accommodation is in particularly high demand in the Knowledge Quarter of Liverpool. The city’s academic district combines leading names from education, health, science and technology with some of the most famous attractions. It’s here that you’ll find the RIBA award-winning Everyman Theatre, the Liverpool Philharmonic, the historic Philharmonic pub and the city’s two cathedrals. As well as a host of great bars and restaurants.

Then there’s Bold Street, which may as well have been conceived with the city’s student population in mind. Lined with independent bars, restaurants and vintage stores, Bold Street offers a fitting contrast to the modern architecture and high-street brands of Liverpool ONE a few blocks down. In fact, wherever you go in Liverpool, culture and history are waiting to greet you. The Tate Liverpool, the Walker Art Gallery, the Museum of Liverpool and the Beatles Story, all contribute to an environment in which students thrive, and the reason why demand for buy to let student accommodation in Liverpool is out-stripping supply.

A key part of HighGround’s UK Student Property portfolio is Liverpool’s Natex development in the Knowledge Quarter.

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Here’s something surprising – how has UK Student property been impacted by the BREXIT vote?

Rather than damage performance, as many analysts had forecast, the Brexit vote intensified activity in the UK student property market and demonstrated the resilience of the sector.

A recent report by Savills also highlighted how the demand for student housing in the UK has outgrown supply. Analysts believe that the market will continue to be driven by bulk purchases, as investors seek to shore up their positions and acquire additional scale.

Appealing to the Far East

The UK’s student property market has become a global asset class, attracting billions in investment from some of the world’s richest individuals and sovereign wealth funds. Demand is so strong that it was standing-room only for some prospective buyers at a recent investment conference in London. One of the biggest overseas investors is Singapore-based fund Mapletree, which acquired over 6,000 beds last year.

In recent comments, Hiew Yoon Khong, Chief Executive of Mapletree provided insight as to why the asset class holds such appeal to overseas investors, telling reporters: “Student accommodation is a big business and relatively low risk.” According to Savills, the second largest source of capital into UK student housing in 2016 came from North America, with over £1.3bn worth of investment. The bulk of which came from two Canadian investors: Brookfield SRE and CPPIB.

Rising standards

As the student buy to let property market has grown exponentially, so the quality of the accommodation has risen. Nowadays student rooms are more akin to corporate apartments, with communal facilities to match. A key part of our portfolio at HighGround is One Islington Plaza in Liverpool, where flat-screen TVs and high-speed broadband come as standard in the rooms. A cinema room, gymnasium and games room provide students the chance to relax away from their studies, reflecting new standards that many now demand. Research from Knight Frank shows that over one-fifth of students are willing to pay more than £160 per week for the right facilities. New possibilities are being created within the market, as developers compete for the attention of an increasingly discerning client base. Overseas students, attracted by a more lifestyle-oriented academic environment, are a big part of the equation.

Appealing to students means appealing to buy to let investors, who will in turn enjoy greater rental returns, and a UK student property market that has demonstrated it can weather the toughest of times.

See more about UK Student Property :

Rather than damage performance, as many analysts had forecast, the Brexit vote intensified activity in the UK student property market and demonstrated the resilience of the sector.

A recent report by Savills also highlighted how the demand for student housing in the UK has outgrown supply. Analysts believe that the market will continue to be driven by bulk purchases, as investors seek to shore up their positions and acquire additional scale.

Appealing to the Far East

The UK’s student property market has become a global asset class, attracting billions in investment from some of the world’s richest individuals and sovereign wealth funds. Demand is so strong that it was standing-room only for some prospective buyers at a recent investment conference in London. One of the biggest overseas investors is Singapore-based fund Mapletree, which acquired over 6,000 beds last year.

In recent comments, Hiew Yoon Khong, Chief Executive of Mapletree provided insight as to why the asset class holds such appeal to overseas investors, telling reporters: “Student accommodation is a big business and relatively low risk.” According to Savills, the second largest source of capital into UK student housing in 2016 came from North America, with over £1.3bn worth of investment. The bulk of which came from two Canadian investors: Brookfield SRE and CPPIB.

Rising standards

As the student buy to let property market has grown exponentially, so the quality of the accommodation has risen. Nowadays student rooms are more akin to corporate apartments, with communal facilities to match. A key part of our portfolio at HighGround is Natex in Liverpool, where flat-screen TVs and high-speed broadband come as standard in the rooms. A cinema room, gymnasium and games room provide students the chance to relax away from their studies, reflecting new standards that many now demand. Research from Knight Frank shows that over one-fifth of students are willing to pay more than £160 per week for the right facilities. New possibilities are being created within the market, as developers compete for the attention of an increasingly discerning client base. Overseas students, attracted by a more lifestyle-oriented academic environment, are a big part of the equation.

Appealing to students means appealing to buy to let investors, who will in turn enjoy greater rental returns, and a UK student property market that has demonstrated it can weather the toughest of times.

See more about UK Student Property :

Why the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter is now THE Northern Powerhouse Property Hotspot…

Liverpool’s economy is the fastest growing out of all Northern Powerhouse City Regions. 

The Northern Powerhouse is a Central Government backed investment to boost economic growth in the North of England and balance the UK economy between the North and South of the country, in particular the core cities of Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle.

The scheme takes on the job of improving transport links, investment in science and innovation and devolution of powers in City Deals. Over the course of the scheme, we will see £3.4bn invested into growth deals, £70m into education, £13bn on transport, and a further £445m invested into improving the quality of life for each of the core cities growing population.

Liverpool now leads the way, as the city benefiting most now in this second phase of the scheme while other cities such as Manchester have already seen the bulk of the effects from the investment.

The Knowledge Quarter – Why Student investment in Liverpool is top of the class

Over the next 5-7 years two billion pounds worth of investment are being pumped into redevelopment in The Knowledge Quarter of Liverpool.

The Knowledge Quarter Liverpool is the city’s academic hub and home to much of the UK’s leading R&D activity. The University of Liverpool, Royal Liverpool Hospital, Liverpool John Moores University, and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine are among those thriving in an environment of collaboration.

KQ Liverpool, as it has become known, covers 450 acres to the east of the city and plays a key role in attracting investment from a wide range of industry sectors. New developments are in the pipeline to ensure that KQ Liverpool’s network of innovation continues to expand.

With around 54,000 students, KQ Liverpool is an integral cog in the UK government’s Northern Powerhouse project. Adjacent to the theatres restaurants and bars of the Georgian Quarter, KQ Liverpool is one of the most appealing destinations in the UK for students and young professionals.

This expanding demographic is creating a surge in demand for Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA), and we are delighted to announce our third Liverpool Student opportunity –  the gorgeous Natex.

Why choose Natex?

Perfectly located in the Knowledge Quarter and within walking distance of the major universities and teaching hospital facilities, as well as the Liverpool transport hub and a wealth of shopping, restaurants bars and clubs, Natex is set to become a definitive landmark on the student accommodation scene.

As an investor and owner at Natex all the boxes are ticked to ensure investors enjoy the benefits of strong, sustainable hands-free rental income as well as ownership in an area of very significant growth in the Northern Powerhouse.

Pretty cool for students – and a true property hotspot for all discerning hands-free property investors.

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