Australia Continues to be The Most Popular Study Destination for International Students
Securing the third position in the list of most popular global destination for International students seeking to study abroad, Australia has seen remarkable growth of 11% in the number of students enrolling for higher education.
Savills Australian Student Accommodation Market Report discloses that the maximum inflow of students opting Australia for higher studies belong mostly to South-East Asian countries with China topping the list with 28%; followed by India, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. According to a report, major strength of students enrolled in 2016 came from Brazil, Malaysia, Nepal, Hong Kong and Columbia.
The Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in Universities across eight major Australian cities saw a shortage of beds and supplies and was quoted to be less than 10% of the total student population. Canberra being the exception with 28%.
According to Savills director Conal Newland – “The number of international students enrolled in Higher Education courses and utilizing study visas in Australia has grown by 10.9% from 2015 to 2016, a marginally higher increase than the year previous,”
In another statement, Conal disclosed that New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland have been the consistent participants in International students’ enrollments. And Victoria has come out to be the most popular amongst students, seeing an increase of 4.4% compared to 2.7% in 2014.
Figures show that the student visa holders in Australia increased by 11.3% in 2016. From 498,115 students with visas, in 2015, the count went up to 554,179.
The Australian government also saw a major chunk of International students enrolled in 2016 had Chinese nationality; contributing to 27% of overall International students’ population.
Moreover, Columbia came out to be the country with the highest growth rate of 22.4%.
For business development, Sydney has been recorded as the most lucrative market for investors in student accommodation sector. With 5,435 beds supplied in 2017, Sydney is observing an all-time high.
The total pipeline for student accommodation in Melbourne increased almost twice; figuratively from 9.651 beds in 2016 to 16,295 beds in 2017.
However, Brisbane slowed down the activities early this year, only resuming it in June when levy reductions on Brisbane City Council infrastructure were ceased. Savills told, “These projects must commence construction by the end of October 2017 to receive the concession.”
Data showed an increase in PBSA pipeline of Melbourne with 10,682 beds acquired in 2017.
Adelaide developments grew from 1,480 in 2016 to 2,159 in 2017 and have three delivery projects already pipelined for 2018 with Blue Sky, Kyren Group, and Urbanest being major players.
Perth also showed significant interest in student accommodation sector in 2017.
Talking about global transactions, Savills Australia Associate Director Rachel Coates said, “The US and Western Europe continued to break records in 2016, with the UK having a slower year transaction wise, before being projected to reach close to 2015 levels in 2017. Analysis of recent transactional activity within the UK demonstrates how the Australian transaction market is still at an early stage, both in terms of the volume of stock that has been traded analyzed in terms of the number of beds, and the total value of transactions.”
She added saying, “There is a substantial amount of trading in the UK forecast for the fourth quarter of 2017, indicating that transaction volumes could total close to £5 billion for the year.”
Rachel emphasized on the Australian Higher Education Sector revealing that consistent government funding to Australian University sector might be challenging due to the soaring competition amongst Universities.
“Sydney will continue to be the most attractive, but the most difficult market to access. Despite a rapid rise in the number of projects over the last 12 months, Melbourne continues to attract a number of new pipeline projects” – she told.