UK Scoops Most Places in European University Top 10

The latest Higher Education World University rankings by the Times shows the UK has the most universities in the European top 10, as highlighted below:

Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017
European Rankings

1University of OxfordUnited Kingdom
2University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
3Imperial College LondonUnited Kingdom
4Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ZurichSwitzerland
5University College LondonUnited Kingdom
6London School of Economics and Political ScienceUnited Kingdom
7University of EdinburghUnited Kingdom
8Karolinska InstituteSweden
9École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland
10LMU MunichGermany


The Times compiled the top 980 universities in its latest 2016-17 list, basing its report on “13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available”. The rankings are universally recognised by students, academics and governments, as well as being independently audited.

UK universities have six out of the top ten places in the European University top 10.

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Student Numbers

If you’re interested in the student property market, these results should solidify your confidence in the sector. High-performing universities with a prestigious history and famous alumni will always attract students from the UK and abroad.

UCAS recently reported that around 493,000 students have been placed on courses in the current 2016/17 academic year – a record high. The enrolment of 18-year-olds in particular has stayed resilient, showing that increased fees hasn’t put off youngsters from a university education.

Despite Brexit and perceived fears of a drop in EU applicants, it should be made clear that more non-EU students still come to the UK than Europeans. In essence, numbers won’t be affected too greatly, especially as access to the Erasmus exchange programme will almost certainly continue.

Property Impact

Other top universities in the UK include Liverpool University.

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An overfill of students who can’t find places in these top institutions will spill over into the UK’s other notable university cities, such as Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Plymouth.

Aspen Woolf has student buy-to-let properties in these areas, guaranteeing healthy yields of 7-10% over a sustained period.

Likewise, we’ve also recognised the strong performance of purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA), which is being favoured by undergrads, postgrads and international students alike. This is opposed to university halls of residence or a HMO (house with multiple occupiers) which are sometimes run-down, poorly maintained, and generally tend to be more inconvenient.

Studies show that the PBSA market has grown every year from 2007. This is in terms of investment as well as number of tenants. As student applications stay strong, the sector is less likely to be affected by wider economic affairs, making it a robust asset class.

Investment Opportunity

These university rankings echo the strong performance of UK student property as a whole, particularly the PBSA market.

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The impressive European university rankings echo the strong performance of UK student property as a whole, particularly the PBSA market.

Students are now expecting a higher standard of living with en-suites, double beds and high-speed broadband connection. Our investment opportunities satisfy these demands thoroughly.

For investors, finding one of these particular properties puts you onto a winner, especially if located near to a university campus or transport links. Furthermore, when using Aspen Woolf, we’ll always have a management company in place for you and your investment so everything is taken care of on your behalf.

For more information, check out our student accommodation investment opportunities or get in touch.
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