Student housing shines in the UK despite a faltering economy

As the UK’s world-renowned universities continue to attract foreign students, purpose-built student accommodation is shedding its label as an “alternative” asset class to become a market in its own right.

Little wonder, then, that as constitutional uncertainty hampers property investment in other areas, Alex Pease, group investment director for Watkin Jones Group, finds investors saying of the developer’s focus on student housing and build to rent: “Thank God you’re in these sectors.”

“Student [accommodation has] fundamentally proven to be a very good, strong performer in a downturn economy,” Pease tells EG during its latest podcast on the