Gavin Eustace

PBSA makes 'positive impact' on student academic performance

Students living in purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) in their first year are 26% more likely to achieve top grades than those living in halls of residence, according to the latest research.

Octopus Real Estate’s Student Accommodation Impact Report surveyed more than 1,000 students who currently attend or have completed a degree at a British university.

The study found that students living in PBSA were 15% more likely to achieve top grades than those living at home.

Students living within PBSA were also more likely to be “very satisfied” with their mental health (34%) compared with those living in halls (23%).

Four in 10 first-year students living in PBSA rated technology facilities as “excellent”, compared with less than a quarter living in halls.

Gavin Eustace, head of residential development at Octopus Real Estate (pictured above), said: “Purpose-built student accommodation accounts for under a third of the market, but the sector is growing strongly and offers a huge opportunity for developers. 

“We’re proud to champion this sector as demand for specialised student accommodation continues to rise. 

“At a time when the job market and financial pressures for students are so high, developers are making a positive impact with PBSA on student academic performance and health.”

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