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At SFG we aim to provide to you with up to date insight and thought leadership applicable to the Purpose Built Student Accommodation sector. As well as providing a wealth of experience, our team aim to influence the sector by commenting on trends, forecasting what's next for the sector and how it will affect or enhance the student experience.


The London Plan and student accommodation: is it working?

Student First Group (SFG) and CBRE jointly ran a seminar in late 2022, bringing together developers, operators and universities to ask this question. London is still experiencing a bottleneck in Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA): supply is falling behind demand from students across the UK and across the world who are drawn to London as one of the top international destinations for Higher Education.

SFG has been building a profile of university requirements, actively matching supply with demand, and introducing universities to potential developments with a good fit. In this report we summarise the points that we made in the seminar and distil the ideas brought to the table by the attendees, all of whom had first-hand experience of grappling with the issues.

'Student housing: university partnerships in the UK' is our latest report on an ever-growing investment sector, involving partnerships between universities, developers, investors and operators to create new or refurbished student housing.

In the first research publication of this kind since 2018, we examine Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) structures, as well as income strips.

We ask: how has this sector grown? Who is active in the market? What is the pipeline of projects? What are the current challenges? And - what might the future hold?


Sharing relevant news and insights from the world of student accommodation. The SFG newsletter sifts through the debate and social media noise to provide you with our commentary on some key topics along with our thoughts and predictions for what it may mean for the sector.

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In October 2021 we held the first session of our roundtable series, looking at the world of student accommodation in 2021/22.

Aimed at bringing together professionals in the student accommodation and university sector to discuss the latest topics impacting our students, partners and institutes.

Take a look at our latest session's highlights and how our expert panellists view the future of student accommodation. 


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In a Meeting

ACUHO-I Virtual Roundtable 

Global Perspectives

April 2020

Radio Show
Radio Interview

The Student Accommodation Podcast

 Interview with 

Richard Gabelich

June 2019

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