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Dedicated advisors of Student Property development and investment

With universities struggling to accommodate the rise in UK student numbers and purpose-built student accommodation housing only a small proportion of these students, the specialist student property market offers opportunities for considerable growth and investment.

The Knight Frank Student Property Team is able to advise on purpose-built student accommodation located throughout the UK and Europe. We provide the following services; valuations, acquisitions, disposals and development consultancy. Our services extend to assets in the value range between £5m - £500m.

Why Knight Frank

The Student Property team acts on behalf of funds, institutions, universities, receivers, operators, national portfolios and private developers on the disposal and acquisitions of all categories of PBSA.

Our track record includes assets in both the UK and in the European Union. Our agents are market leaders in transacting forward funding deals, development sites, operational assets and portfolio deals. Our activity encompasses both direct let and leased student accommodation. The team annually advises on committed funds in excess of £1 billion transactions. Our market research into the student property sector enables us to appropriately structure deals for investors.

Many clients rely on us to discretely source and acquire operational platforms and assets to complement their existing portfolios. A high proportion of our activity is capable of being formed off-market due to our exceptional contacts and understanding within the sector.

Through our global network we are able to source equity and opportunity within an increasingly international investment market. We work closely with the Residential Capital Markets and Specialist Property team within Capital Markets.

Our Services

In addition to advising on both short and long term portfolio strategies, we provide the following range of purpose built student accommodation consultancy and transactional services:

  • Consultancy - site acquisition, appraisal advice and development services
  • Agency – investment, acquisition and disposal
  • Valuation - asset review and bank funding
  • Education sector - estates strategy
  • Market research - UK wide and internationally