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If you're a buy-to-let landlord who refuses to rent to students, you could be missing out on some big returns, as this list of the best yields reveals...

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  • Just one in five landlords are willing to let their property to students. Yet yields on student properties outstrip non-student properties in the same area by 33%, according to research from Simple Landlord Insurance.
     
    If that stat has piqued your interest, here's a handy league table showing you where to earn the best yields in the student buy-to-let sector, with historic Durham taking top spot.

    1. University: Durham

    Yield: 11.53%

    Average local property value: £167,574 

    Property value change in last 5 years: Up £20,731 (14%)

    University League Table position: 6

    For sale: Two-bedroom flat for sale in Highgate, Durham, for £245,000

    2. University: Warwick

    Yield: 10.25%

    Average local property value: £376,671

    Property value change in last 5 years: Up £75,545 (25.1%)

    University League Table position: 9

    For sale: Two-bedroom flat for sale in Chase Meadow Square, Warwick, for £200,000

    3. University: Manchester

    Yield: 8.48%

    Average local property value: £187,850

    Property value change in last 5 years: Up £43,631 (30.3%)

    University League Table position: 18

    For sale: Three-bedroom terrace house for sale in Fallowfield, Manchester, for £250,000

     

    4. University: York

    Yield: 8.24%

    Average local property value: £289,137

    Property value change in last 5 years: Up £55,844 (24%)

    University League Table position: 21

    For sale: Two-bedroom flat for sale in Acomb, York, for £195,000

     

    5. University: Sussex (Brighton)

    Yield: 8.19%

    Average local property value: £407,907

    Property value change in last 5 years: Up £103,993 (34.2%)

    University League Table position: 25

    For sale: Two-bedroom flat for sale in Albert Road, Brighton, for £365,000

     

    6. University: Loughborough

    Yield: 8.11%

    Average local property value: £248,477

    Property value change in last 5 years: Up £45,520 (22.4%)

    University League Table position: 7

    For sale: Two-bedroom flat for sale in Field Farm Close, Loughborough, for £140,000

     

    7. University: Nottingham

    Yield: 7.38%

    Average local property value: £199,015

    Property value change in last 5 years: Up £40,746 (25.8%)

    University League Table position: 17

    For sale: Four-bedroom semi-detached house for sale in Mapperley, Nottingham, for £365,000

     

    8. University: Lancaster

    Yield: 7.38%

    Average local property value: £194,823

    Property value change in last 5 years: Up £29,673 (18%)

    University League Table position: 8

    For sale: Three-bedroom property for sale in Main Road, Lancaster, for £145,000

     

    9. University: Bristol

    Yield: 6.88%

    Average local property value: £325,802

    Property value change in last 5 years: Up £78,950 (32%)

    University League Table position: 15

    For sale: One-bedroom flat for sale in Clifton, Bristol, for £250,000

     

    10. University: St Andrews (Fife)

    Yield: 6.77%

    Average local property value: £322,247

    Property value change in last 5 years: Up £55,981 (21%)

    University League Table position: 5

    For sale: Two-bedroom flat for sale in Lamond Drive, St Andrews, for £165,000

     

    Rank  

    University

    Yield  

    Property values

    University League Table position

    11. Birmingham 5.6% £199,216  15
    12.  Surrey (Guildford) 5.6% £588,524  19
    13. Bath 5.5% £424,464  11
    14.  University of East Anglia (Norwich) 5.3% £274,585  14
    15. Edinburgh 5.2% £286,037  23
    16. Exeter 4.6% £296,889  12
    17. London 4.5% £662,150  n/a
    18. Cambridge 4.3% £464,075  1
    19. Leeds 4.2% £214,457  13
    20. Oxford 2.8% £493,300  2

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