Research by student accommodation provider, UniHomes, has revealed the UK’s rental demand on student properties has remained unchanged by the pandemic.

Despite coronavirus leading to a record decline in GDP, the demand for student accommodation has remained high.

Their research reveals which UK universities have seen consistent student demand, helping maintain rental yields in the surrounding areas.

Alan Boswell – MPU

UniHomes analysed rental yields in postcodes surrounding main campuses of the top 100 UK universities and considered how they’d changed since the start of 2020.

The University of St Andrews has seen the average rental yield increase from 3.4% to 5% since the start of the pandemic. Additionally, Aberystwyth University has also seen a notable increase, up from 4.6% to 5.9% – an uplift of 1.3%.

Lancaster University has also seen the average rental yield increase by 1% since the start of last year, with Loughborough University, Falmouth University and Queen’s University Belfast seeing yields climb by 0.9%.

Edinburgh Napier University (0.8%), University of Leeds (0.8%), Manchester Metropolitan University (0.7%) and University of Edinburgh (0.7%) also make the top 10.

Co-Founder and Director of UniHomes, Phil Greaves, said:

“Despite the pandemic and the restrictions imposed around face to face teaching for much of the last university year, we’ve seen a consistent demand from students looking for properties…”

“We understand that living away from home to attend university is a massive part of the student experience.”

“Even now, most will have secured a property for the next academic year, however, we are still witnessing a high demand in key areas.”

“This demonstrates the strength of the sector and with the appetite for student rentals only set to grow, we should see this positive trend continue as we approach the new university year.”

Table shows the top 10 universities for pandemic rental yield growth
University Outcode – main home campus Rental Yield – Jan 2021 Rental Yield – May 2021 Pandemic yield change
University of St Andrews KY16 3.4% 5.0% 1.6%
Aberystwyth University SY23 4.6% 5.9% 1.3%
Lancaster University LA1 4.6% 5.6% 1.0%
Loughborough University LE11 3.2% 4.1% 0.9%
Falmouth University TR10 5.9% 6.8% 0.9%
Queen’s University Belfast BT7 4.0% 4.9% 0.9%
Edinburgh Napier University EH11 5.2% 6.0% 0.8%
University of Leeds LS2 5.9% 6.7% 0.8%
Manchester Metropolitan University M15 5.0% 5.7% 0.7%
University of Edinburgh EH8 5.8% 6.5% 0.7%
Average yields in each university outcode based on rental and house price market data sourced from PropertyData
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