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Demand for private sector student homes continues to rise

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

A huge  87% of all new beds in student accommodation were delivered by private sector providers in 2019, the joint highest proportion on record.

The figure was revealed in Cushman and Wakefield’s annual UK Student Accommodation report for 2019/20. 

It reveals: 

  • demand for student accommodation continues to rise around 30% faster than number of beds developed.
  • in all 114,000 Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) beds are in the pipeline, two thirds have full planning approval.
  • deals worth £2.5 billion were transacted by end of October 2019 with a further £2 billion under offer.

Further information

To read the report in full click here.

New purpose-built student blocks are springing up in university towns and cities across the UK, but traditional PRS homes are still popular with students. We explored the issue in a recent edition of RLA members’ magazine RPI. To read the article in full click here.

About the author

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Communications Manager for the RLA and award-winning Editor of RPI magazine. With 16 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and editorial content for our media partners.

She issues press releases promoting the work of the RLA and its policies and campaigns to the regional and national media and works alongside the marketing team on the association’s social media channels to build support for the RLA and its work.

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