£90m student accommodation portfolio placed on the market

The Moor, Sheffield

Beachrock has been appointed to sell a £90m portfolio of purpose built student accommodation (PBSA), comprising 1,494 student bed spaces.

The seven assets – which includes 126 beds of accommodation at The Moor, in Sheffield – are located in four university cities with each bed worth £60,000.

The remaining schemes up for sale comprise four Coventry sites – Corporation Village, Burges House, Pillar Box and Market Way – as well as Clarendon Street in Nottingham and Castle Street in Cambridge.

James Pullan, Partner at Beachrock told TheBusinessDesk.com: “Investors are fundamentally attracted by strong occupational demand characteristics and combined with the residential asset class that’s basically part of higher education.

“We are selling here a portfolio that includes very strong institutional assets. £60k per bed is particularly attractive because it’s below development viability – it’s probably half the development viability.

“International investors think the UK is well priced at the moment and UK pension funds are asking which property sector should we be getting into? And they’re going into student accommodation.”

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