Demand for Shared Student Accommodation Surges in North West
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Demand for Shared Student Accommodation Surges in North West

By |Published On: 8th September 2017|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

A shortfall of student beds in university halls of residence has led to a surge in demand for high-quality shared student accommodation in the North West, particularly Liverpool, according to The Mistoria Group.

Demand for Shared Student Accommodation Surges in North West

Demand for Shared Student Accommodation Surges in North West

The property investment specialist has seen demand for shared student accommodation surge by 35% in the city over the past year.

Demand for shared student accommodation is growing due to rising numbers of students attending the three universities in Liverpool. Last year, there were 60,000 students studying in the city – up by 20% on the previous year. It is expected that numbers will rise again this year, with 60% of these students requiring accommodation.

Many universities don’t have sufficient accommodation to meet demand from first-year students – who usually live in the university’s halls of residence – creating demand for privately owned accommodation.

According to Student Accommodation Tracker, just 28% of student accommodation currently meets rising expectations.

Mish Liyanage, the Managing Director of The Mistoria Group, says: “There is a very real shortage of quality student accommodation in Liverpool, and demand is consistently outstripping supply. The number of student rooms has swelled over the last five years, but there still remains a shortfall.

“We have seen a surge in students looking for high quality, HMO [House in Multiple Occupation] accommodation with close proximity to the universities, and occupancy across our student accommodation is at 98%.

“Shared student accommodation in Liverpool gives investors excellent yields. There are many areas of Liverpool that are ideal for student property investment, such as Kensington, Wavertree, Toxteth, Kensington Fields.”

He explains: “Investors can acquire a high quality, three-bed HMO, which will house students from £120,000 onwards. An average room in an HMO can be rented for £85 per week including bills, but ensuites can be as high as £110 per week. The return on investment is very attractive too, with 13% (8% cash rental and 5% capital growth).

“Student property is the fastest growing sector of the market, giving investors strong returns that are well ahead of standard BTL [buy-to-let]. The growing numbers of student tenants in Liverpool is driving demand for quality accommodation in the city, and this is likely to be a long-term trend.”

Liyanage adds: “Liverpool is the UK’s top buy-to-let hotspot, delivering investors average rental yields of 8%, once mortgage costs are taken into account. As housing and mortgage costs have the biggest influence on yield, Liverpool takes the top spot, as it has a combination of low average house prices and strong rents.”

Landlords, with demand for shared student accommodation surging, investment in this type of property could prove a lucrative long-term option for your portfolio.


About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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