Blackstone’s purchase of UK student accommodation firm iQ from Goldman Sachs and the Wellcome Trust shows that the asset class has definitely become mainstream and is a lucrative form of real estate investment. The deal is the largest ever private real estate transaction in the UK.
iQ is one of the UK’s leading providers of purpose-built student accommodation, with more than 28,000 beds across the country and an addtional 4,000 in the pipeline. Inernational demand remains robust and the 600,000 target for international students is expected to be reached before 2030.
Samuel Vetrak, founder and CEO of market research and strategic advisory firm Bonard, described student accommodation as “one of the least risky asset classes recently, at the end of the cycle”. He also highlighted a proliferation of sector data, as well as some big institutional inflows starting around two years ago, as having been contributing factors supporting the current investor appetite for student housing.
Full article published in REFI Europe (27th Feb 2020). You can read it online at the following link.
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