Top University Yields for Buy to let Investment Property

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It has been previously reported that University yields can offer the best returns for buy to let property investors, but where are the best universities to invest near?

Flat-sharing website ideal flatmate has revealed the best university yields when it comes to buy to let property investment.

High rents don’t always mean a good return and despite rental prices surrounding the campus of LSE, King’s, Imperial, SOAS and University College being some of the highest in the UK, they are five of the six worst in terms of university yields.

LSE and King’s offer the joint lowest university yields at 2.04 per cent, followed by Imperial with 2.52 per cent, while the University of Bristol joins both University College London and SOAS with yields of just 2.94 per cent.

So where is the best buy to let university yields?

Edinburgh, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, and Dundee offer the best options in terms of university yields for UK landlords. All four provide yield upwards of 7 per cent, with Edinburgh on top at 7.77 per cent, while Liverpool follows these investment hotspots with a 6.94 per cent yield.

Leeds also makes the top 10 with rental yields at 6.80 per cent, followed by Strathclyde (6.64 per cent), Northumbria (6.58 per cent) and Newcastle (6.58 per cent). Aberdeen completes the top 10 and is not only one of the most affordable for students but brings the 10th best return on a buy to let investment with university yields at 6.22 per cent.

Co-founder of Ideal Flatmate, Tom Gatzen, commented: ‘Although some of the country’s best universities are situated in London, they prove somewhat problematic for tenants and landlords alike with high costs making it hard to rent but also minimising the return on investment for landlords.

‘So-called ‘university towns’ like Leeds, Nottingham and Warwick – where such a large percentage of the population are students – tend to be reliable for landlords in terms of yield, as they offer consistent demand and short vacancy periods which provide a consistent income stream. 

‘As for tenants – especially students – living around some of the very best unis in the UK outside of London is fairly affordable, especially when you consider that they are most likely to be sharing with a number of friends. 

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