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London University Housing Conference Student Housing Marcus Roberts Director & Sarah Beuden Associate 30 June 2008 Student Accommodation Overview Market Statistics Perceptions right or wrong Partnerships – Success stories Student Minefield Planning Possible solutions Questions & Answers

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London University Housing ConferenceStudent HousingMarcus RobertsDirector& Sarah BeudenAssociate 30 June 2008

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  • Market Statistics

  • Perceptions right or wrong

  • Partnerships – Success stories

  • Student Minefield

  • Planning

  • Possible solutions

  • Questions & Answers

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OperationalPrivate Student Beds by Borough

Source: HESA, Savills Research

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Operational University Beds by Borough

Source: HESA, Savills Research

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Institutional Beds VS Private Beds by Borough Operational 07/08

Source: HESA, Savills Research

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Supply: 07/08London Borough Supply Pipeline

Source: Savills, ABI

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Direct Let & Nomination Agreements 07/08 by Borough

Source: HESA, Savills Research

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Perceptions 07/08

  • Private Sector – Developers & Agents

  • Public Sector – Universities & Local Authorities

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Private Sector 07/08

  • Wide Boys

  • Arrogant

  • Cowboys

  • Money, Money, Money

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Agents 07/08

  • Over- paid

  • Do nothing other than put in big invoices

  • Big lunches

  • Unapproachable

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Public Sector & Universities 07/08

  • Move at a slower rate due to necessity and reporting structure

  • Bureaucracy

  • Increasingly commercially minded

  • Suspicious of the private sector

  • Protective of assets

  • No clear policy on the student issue

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Continued under supply of student accommodation 07/08

Significant Rental Increases

Proliferation of Studio student schemes

Difficulty in securing sites in London

Tightening planning regime

Current Challenges in London’s Student Market

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University Sector 07/08

Private Sector


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? 07/08

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Interiors 07/08

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Cluster Flats 07/08

4 Bed Apartment

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Student Studios 07/08

Studio Apartment Layout

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Commerciality of Sector 07/08

  • Potential long lease structure

    • University Lease

    • Nominations Agreement

    • Direct Let

  • Secure income flow

    • Less reliance on capital growth

  • Dedicated management

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    “within our industry there are many misconceptions that things are easier than they actually are” (Anon)

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    can anyone relate to this? things are easier than they actually are”

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    Tying a Bow-Tie isn’t…

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    the student market can be a minefield isn’t…

    design & development feasibility

    planning nuances

    supply & demand dynamics

    university & private sector objectives

    Land Values/ Rents

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    Planning - what are the issues? isn’t…

    • What is our steer?

    • Is it a priority?

    • What is the need and where is it?

    • Why should ‘we’ become a ‘dumping’ ground?

    • Why should ‘they’ get out of providing any affordable housing?

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    Planning – weighing it up isn’t…


    • Adds to ‘world city’ status;

    • Brings economic and social benefits

    • Reduces pressure on private and affordable housing;

    • Counts towards housing targets.


    • Competes against other needs and targets

    • Not counted as affordable housing

    • Creates ‘studentification’

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    Regional isn’t…

    Review of London Plan

    Housing SPG

    Housing Strategy

    Sub-regional strategies

    Education Strategies.


    Local Strategic Partnerships

    LDFs (including site allocations)

    Housing Strategies

    Education Strategies

    University Accommodation Strategies

    Planning – Mechanisms

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    Planning – Solutions isn’t…

    Short term

    • Recognise that it is a need that is not going to disappear

    • Start dialogue (we’re all here after all)

    • Look at what we want and what we need

    • Start to use mechanisms that are available to us now.

    • All about working together

      (Sherlock Holmes not required!)

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    Planning – Solutions isn’t…

    Medium/Long term

    • Assess needs

    • Introduce targets – sub-regional/local?

    • LDF process - policies/site allocations/implementation

    • Contribute towards affordable housing?

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    General Market Comment isn’t…

    • £6.6 billion property market

    • Expected growth to > £20bn in the next 6 years

    • Total of 2.3 million students studying in the UK

    • 459,000 student bed spaces –

      -Education sector 326,000 beds

      - Private sector 133,000 beds

    • Expected further consolidation and stock transfers from Universities to the private sector.

    Student Accommodation Bedspaces by Region

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    Possible Solutions isn’t…

    • Increased partnerships between Universities and the Private sector

    • Utilisation of existing campus land / assets

      - Ability to balance capital receipt for land with ability to structure accommodation type and lease / nomination agreements

      - Potential to refurbish existing stock though sales and agreement to the private sector

    • Joined up approach to planning

      – unlock difficult planning sites

      - ability to structure mutually beneficial structures

    • Political pressure from Private and University sectors

      - Target the GLA

      - Target specific boroughs which could support student housing but don’t

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    ‘experience and knowledge isn’t… of a constantly evolving niche sector’ (Anon)

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    Marcus Roberts isn’t…

    Director – Student Housing

    +44 (0) 7807 999187

    +44 (0) 20 7016 3799

    [email protected]

    Sarah Beuden

    Associate – Planning

    +44 (0) 7812 965 308

    +44 (0) 20 3320 8265

    [email protected]

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