According to the HCU International Unit, UK universities enjoy some of the highest levels of international student satisfaction in the world. 91% of international students staying in the UK state that they are satisfied and underpinning this is the quality of education they are receiving and the high standards of the purpose-built student accommodation they are residing in.
Increasingly, international students are attracted to the UK because of the academic quality of our universities and the knowledge that they will be able to study in safe, secure, high quality student apartments very close to the campus.
Improving the overall student experience has played a big part in university strategy and it appears to be paying dividends as satisfaction levels are higher than many other major developed nations. The part that accommodation has to play in this shouldn’t be under estimated. Historically, student accommodation was restricted to halls of residence and HMOs (Houses of multiple occupancy), both of which can often leave a lot to be desired. The quality of student accommodation now plays a critical role in attracting young people, especially those from overseas.
There is no doubt that international students place a lot of value on the facilities and sense of community that is offered by PBSA and it’s no coincidence that PBSA has seen record levels of investment in 2015, with almost £6 billion invested in this sector.
The growth in international student numbers is forecast to continue creating further opportunities for student property investment. For more information about investing in this booming sector, please contact us now.