Student housing: Higher and higher education

As increasing numbers of people around the world attain middle-class status and have more disposable income, we have entered a new era of global mobility. More and more people can afford to travel abroad, be it for leisure, business or education, and students are leaving their countries and cities of origin to obtain better quality or more appropriate education programmes than those available to them at home.

According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the number of tertiary education students has expanded by 5.8% per annum over the past five measured years, with 5.3m students crossing borders to study 2017.

A yearly global student housing report by specialist market-research and advisory firm Bonard has confirmed that demand is driven by the constant growth in mobile and international student numbers – for example, 4.3% pa in continental Europe. The demand is growing faster than in other asset classes and even during economic downturns, making it a counter-cyclical asset class.

Acknowledging the economic and cultural benefits of hosting international students, numerous study destinations across the globe are stimulating the internationalisation of higher education. Countries such as Canada, France, Turkey, Germany, Malaysia, China, Japan, South Korea and Australia have all set out ambitious strategic plans and targets to reach a certain number of international students – and some have met their goals earlier than expected.

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