London, UK (PRWEB UK) 25 June 2012
Paris has narrowly beaten London to be ranked as the top spot for investors in student property.
Knight Frank has compiled a report looking at the investment potential of European cities popular with students.
London missed out on the top spot for student housing due to the high cost of living, according to the Knight Frank research; it is followed by Vienna, Dublin and Barcelona.
James Pullan, head of student property, Knight Frank, commented: “Student accommodation in the UK has delivered solid and consistent returns throughout every year of the economic downturn, thereby attracting significant volumes of international equity and institutional debt into the sector.”
The number of students travelling overseas to attend university has been rising steadily in recent decades, and this trend is set to continue. Just as the world’s economies have become more globalised, with the relaxation of trade barriers, education has also become a global commodity.
Students now seek out the best educational institutions across the globe. The factors that lie behind this trend are:
James Pullan commented: “The rise in global student mobility has created an excellent opportunity for investment in key European cities and is a long-term trend that is set to continue. This structural shift in the make-up of student populations has significant consequences for cities that play host to the world’s best universities, and throws up key opportunities for developers and operators.”
For further information, please contact:
James Pullan, head of student property, Knight Frank, +44 (0)20 7861 5422
Alice Mitchell, commercial pr manager, Knight Frank, +44 (0)20 7861 5168
Notes to Editors
Knight Frank LLP is the leading independent global property consultancy. Headquartered in London, Knight Frank and its New York-based global partner, Newmark Knight Frank, operate from 242 offices, in 43 countries, across six continents. More than 7,067 professionals handle in excess of US$817 billion (£498 billion) worth of commercial, agricultural and residential real estate annually, advising clients ranging from individual owners and buyers to major developers, investors and corporate tenants. For further information about the Company, please visit http://www.knightfrank.com.