Student Accommodation

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Powerful insights and development support from PBSA’s leading consultants

The UK proudly hosts some of the world’s best universities, but traditional university accommodation was generally poor compared to other countries, which instigated the arrival of PBSA.  

These holistically-designed, people-focused communities have been a major driver of new developments in our cities for over 10 years. We use the latest data and insights to give groundbreaking advice to some of PBSA’s most prominent operators.  


Build to rent

Powerful insights and development support from BTR’s leading consultants


Powerful insights and development support from Co-living's leading consultants

Later Living & Retirement

Powerful insights and development support from Later/Senior Living’s leading consultants

It's in the numbers


units of purpose-built student accommodation advised on since 2017


value of student accommodation advised on in the last three years


Total returns of 7.7% in the year to September 2023 were driven primarily by strong income growth in the sector.

Meet our trusted experts


Colin Summers

Partner, Capital Markets

Colin has the right expertise to help you enhance your student accommodation or Build-To-Rent property.

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Katherine Ilett

Associate, Capital Markets

A true asset to our capital markets team, Katherine specialises in student accommodation, build to rent, development, and strategic consultancy.

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Iain Murray

Head of Operational Living

Iain spearheads our Operational Living department across PBSA, Co-living, Build to Rent, Later Living and Retirement.

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Ed Howe

Head of Operational Living Research

Ed is part of our Operational Living department and heads up operational living research, working alongside Iain Murray.

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Mount Pleasant Halls, Cambridge

Bidwells provided detailed local market knowledge and wider sector specific advice, including cash flow analytics and development funding. Let to St Edmund's College, this highly secure income stream was exactly what L&G was seeking to acquire to hedge its annuity liabilities.

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Ambitious developer Brookgate set out to transform Cambridge’s fading train station area by delivering Lord Roger’s visionary 1.6m sq ft CB1 master plan. They needed more than just a team of consultants.

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Keble College

A first for Oxford - a 1,600 sq m, £70m graduate centre, opened by the Duke of Cambridge in September 2019, housing 255 graduates, with the basement research space let to OSE. We project managed the construction and design teams to ensure delivery of this city centre development.

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Lucy Cavendish College

The pioneering Lucy Cavendish College needed to instigate fundamental change to ensure that it would continue to attract students and flourish for years to come.

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