Do Research When Buying Student Accommodation Investments

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Posted by Edward Keifer on 8 October 2019
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Student Accommodation Investments

Yields for student accommodation investments are usually higher than the average residential property.

Traditionally the major and popular student cities are offered. However, investors should not be persuaded by just location and higher than average assured yields, remember, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is! We always suggest investors should carry out their own research.

You should include;

  • Student rooms that are in demand (always check occupancy rates)
  • Location – check the distance from the University to the accommodation and travel time
  • Walking distances and transportation
  • Size of rooms, where they feel comfortable with good Wi-Fi connectivity, en suite facilities and space to study

Remember, students average study is 3 to 5 years. Accommodating the student throughout their study has a healthy impact on your investment with regards to both rental income and the equally important future re-sale.

The Overseas Investor aims to introduce their investor clients to properties that fit with their requirements, whether its less risk re-sale and completed developments offering immediate rental returns or, off-plan where you have to pay a small percentage of the purchase price upfront, giving the investor time to save and put together the balance on completion.

See below two low-risk student developments we are delighted to present to our investor clients that fit with the criteria we have mentioned in this article.

Marvell House in Plymouth is a fully completed and operational new build student accommodation development with 100% occupancy.

See below details regarding this low-risk investment opportunity;

Key investment facts

  • New and complete high specification development
  • 8% Net guaranteed returns for 3 years (3 years rental payments held in an escrow account)
  • 1% cashback upon completion bringing income to 9%
  • Larger than average units from 16.46 sq. m to 29.75 sqm
  • Immediate monthly income


Marvell House is situated in a great location, ideal for student accommodation.

Plymouth College of Arts 0.4 miles 9-minute walk
Drake Circus Shopping 0.7 miles 14-minute walk
Plymouth University, 0.7 miles 0.7 miles 14-minute walk
National Marine Aquarium 0.9 miles 19-minute walk
Plymouth Station 1.0 mile 20-minute walk

There are now only 8 available units for sale.

The Edge in Liverpool is a new build that was completed in 2015. We have just 2 available re-sale units remaining.

Key investment facts

  • New build development with great facilities
  • City centre location
  • 8% Net guaranteed returns until August 2020
  • Immediate monthly income
  • Fantastic management & letting company
  • 100% occupancy during the first 4 years


The Edge student accommodation is situated in the city centre, possibly the best location and ideal for student accommodation investments. It has great transportation and walking distance to both major universities. shops, banks, bars and restaurants.

Liverpool University 0.4 miles 7-minute walk
John Moores University 0.7 miles 13-minute walk
Lime Street Central Train Station 0.3 miles 5-minute walk
Liverpool College & Tropical Hospitals 0.3 miles 5-minute walk

The best performing student accommodation investments can be found right here at The Overseas Investor. We help our investor clients when purchasing their first buy-to-let student accommodation investments as well as facilitating the resale of existing client’s properties.

The Overseas Investor is with you all the way.

If you would like further information on either of the above student accommodation investments or wish to discuss your property requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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