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S&P Global Ratings’ report warning of diminishing demand for U.K. university accommodation is covered by specialist press

A recently-published paper by S&P Global Ratings has raised concerns that accommodation demand at the UK’s lower-ranked universities could fall – amid growing competition among the country’s higher education institutions.

While long-term investors remain interested in university accommodation, S&P believes the sector faces mounting pressure – as a consequence of the decline in number of applications and rising inflation, which could make rental prices in privately-financed accommodation less appealing. But the report also notes that the country’s best-in-class universities will be less affected as they continue to attract students and maintain strong occupancy levels.

The report comes as the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) announced a 3.7% year-on-year drop in demand for university places caused, in part, by falling demand for nursing places, an improving employment market and uncertainties that may arise following Brexit.

The report was covered by the Financial Times and Partnerships Bulletin.

 

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