Student Accommodation

Key contact

Morton Fraser Partner Jonathan Seddon
Jonathan Seddon
Jonathan is a partner and leads our Real Estate growth sector.
0131 247 3177

The Morton Fraser student accommodation team act for operators, investors, developers and funders of all types of university accommodation. Our main focus over the last decade has been on purpose build student accommodation (PBSA) assets.

Our extensive and experienced team cover all relevant specialisms including property, construction, planning, banking, health and safety and environmental law.

Benefits we bring to you

We have remained at the forefront of the sector throughout the covid-19 pandemic and have witnessed just how resilient student accommodation has been, particularly high end, high quality PBSA assets. In mid to late 2021 we expect to see increased activity in the student accommodation market in the UK, and in Scotland more specifically, as the successful vaccine programme rollout and attractiveness of UK universities should lead to high occupancy rates in September 2021, and assuming that is the case there would appear to be a weight of money ready to be invested in the perceived safe haven of  "living", of which the student market is an established and significant sector.

We have acted on student deals in all major university towns and cities within Scotland including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, St Andrews, Dundee and Stirling. Our experience includes investment sales and acquisitions, forward fundings, developments, site purchases, portfolio acquisitions and refinancings as well as more traditional lending. In short, there is nothing we haven't done in the student accommodation market in Scotland.

We offer pragmatic, commercial advice and guidance. We are also regularly expected to deliver within tight timeframes and within pre-agreed, fixed fee structures, which we have always adhered to.

Morton Fraser's student accommodation team are made up of 21 industry specialists with genuine expert knowledge, and we are all very passionate about this sector of the real estate market.

Our advice is clear and easy to follow. We offer transparent billing, agreeing a fixed fee with our clients, so that you can be reassured that you will only pay what you have agreed to pay.