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Student Accommodation

Invest in student buy-to-let properties in the UK with Knight Knox

About student accommodation

One of the strongest performing asset classes in the country, the UK student accommodation sector can be one of the safest and most lucrative investment opportunities around. With higher tuition fees, the quality of university halls of residence is no longer adequate for today’s students, allowing private landlords who can provide a more attractive package to capitalise.


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A specialist in the student accommodation sector, Knight Knox provides boutique student residences to the private investor market. The UK property market has always been an attractive asset class to invest in. Standards of living are generally high, and the demand for homes in recent history has continually outstripped supply in all sectors.

The advanced and highly regarded British education system has attracted high levels of attendance for hundreds of years, from both British nationals and overseas students alike. Places at UK universities are highly oversubscribed, leading to a demand for accommodation that the universities cannot sustain. In light of this constant demand, student accommodation has been a rich source of income for institutions and private landlords for decades. However, in recent years, a severe lack of funding has seen many institutions lose their own halls of residence, in favour of privately owned halls or houses of multiple occupation or HMOs.

The Housing Act 2004 introduced the need for licensed HMOs, meaning that substandard and shared housing had to be brought up to a certain standard, forcing many landlords to increase the rent on their properties in order to finance the improvements. Fast-forward five years and today's students are more commercially aware, and demanding a higher standard of living. The inability for existing university owned accommodation or HMOs to provide this level of comfort has led to the appearance of purpose built, privately owned student developments, which can cater for everything a student desires all under one roof.

This increase in the quality of on-site facilities is a major selling point for a student, which if they're happy with their accommodation means they'll generally stay in the same place until the end of their course. Investing in student accommodation as opposed to more traditional forms of property offers investors the opportunity to own an asset with the attractive combination of minimal void periods, and higher than average yields. A complete hands off investment, student accommodation residences are expertly managed by companies experienced in this sector, and coupled with a short rental period, which are usually set between one and five years, investors can earn an immediate income on their investment.

With the popularity for a British education showing no signs of abating, the demand for student accommodation in the UK will continue to deliver strong returns for investors looking for a healthy addition to their portfolio. Having successfully delivered numerous developments in the student accommodation sector, we pride ourselves on the quality of projects we source. The benefits of living in a ready made community is an extremely attractive proposition for students. These well managed developments have all the facilities more likely to be found in a hotel. Gymnasiums, games rooms, high speed internet, media areas and coffee shops are just a few of the assets to be found, making them stand out from the competition as the accommodation of choice for students in the area.

Working closely with a select number of established developers experienced in building student accommodation projects for the private investor market, we are confident in the quality of the products we deliver, and the level of income returned for our clients. By choosing to invest in student property with Knight Knox, you're investing in an asset class that will continue to generate genuine rental returns for years to come. Contact Knight Knox today to find out how you can invest in the UK's most lucrative asset class.

The UK is home to just under
two million landlords


The UK private rental sector is
worth £1.29 trillion


Rents have increased by 27%
since 2007


Our student accommodation investments

X1 The Campus


X1 The Campus

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X1 The Campus is the 69th Knight Knox development and the 7th student development in partnership with X1. All previous developments are fully sold out and tenanted!
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Rathmell Hall

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Rathmell Hall

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In a student city with a surplus population and a lack of available accommodation, Rathmell Hall seeks to add 63 luxury studio apartments to the vastly sought-after student accommodation market in York.
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Maid Marian House

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Maid Marian House

Studios from


Maid Marian House is the latest student development on the thriving Nottingham market. This superb student accommodation investment provides 94 luxury studio apartments to Nottingham’s ever-growing student market.

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