Student accommodation is one of the fastest growing sectors in property, having gone from being an ‘alternative’ asset class to a hot investment prospect in the space of a few short years.

Follow all the highlights of the #PWSAdebate in full on Twitter




Today, the student housing sector is brimming with opportunity as capital pours in from across the globe and high-tech schemes are developed with a raft of amenities to cater to the millennial market. But there are also challenges.

The impact Brexit will have on universities’ research funding and international students’ appetite to come to the UK remains to be seen – and as students’ fees continue to rise, the affordability of their accommodation is becoming an increasingly hot topic.

Ahead of the Student Accommodation Conference & Awards on 12 December at the InterContinental London – The O2, @Property Week and @JLLUK hosted a Twitter debate to thrash out these and other big questions facing the sector.

Using the hashtag #PWSAdebate, a JLL team led by Huw Forrest, director specialising in student housing, and James Kingdom, head of alternatives research, fielded questions from Property Week journalists and major players in the sector. These included representatives from GSA Group, Campus Living Villages and Coventry University among others. In total, the debate generated almost 2.4 million impressions in the space of an hour – and more than seven million in total.





“The range of topics covered in the #PWSAdebate really highlights the scale of interest in the student accommodation sector,” said Kingdom.

“Investors have a range of options available to them, from the established key regional markets to the growing number of newer universities, which continue to attract an increasing number of students. Despite wider political and economic uncertainties, the quality of UK universities and the underlying demographic trends justify the steady investment into the sector from across the globe.”






The sector’s investment prospects will be among the many issues debated at the Student Accommodation Conference & Awards next month. There are just a handful of tickets left for the conference, so don’t miss out: