Education leasing up 200 percent on previous 12 months: Savills

Education leasing up 200 percent on previous 12 months: Savills
Education leasing up 200 percent on previous 12 months: Savills

Leased space to the education sector in Melbourne's CBD in 2016 rose 200 percent on the previous year with increases in land taxes hitting stock levels, putting upward pressure on rents, according to real estate firm Savills.

The trend is likely to continue in 2017, according to education sector specialist and Savills director Mathew Kent. 

Savills is currently dealing with more than 15 leasing requirements for in excess of 60,000 sqm.

Some of the educators in the market include Monash University (40,000sqm), Think Education (2000sqm), Baxter (3000sqm), and RMIT (10,000sqm).

The total 39,840 square metres leased (deals over 500sqm) in 2016 included 14,222 square metres of prime space as institutions, including the top universities, were forced, in some cases, to take higher grade accommodation in a market limited by the availability of education specific space.

Kent said withdrawal of secondary buildings for residential conversion, a lack of 9B accredited buildings, fit-out costs, and competitors in the same building, were all issues which worked to limit the amount of space available to educators.

"For these reasons the availability of suitable accommodation to meet the demand from education users in Melbourne is now at levels where landlords have been able to demand higher rental and more attractive terms for suitable accommodation,’’ Kent said.

He said the increasing demand for limited space had seen rents rise from a range of $300 sqm to $350 sqm, to $550 sqm plus over the last five years with a corresponding fall in incentives.

Kent said the significant hike in land tax had also had been important in reducing available space.

"The doubling of land tax in low rise buildings may render the current use of a building, in terms of its tenancy profile and rental returns, unviable for some landlords and that has forced them, in some cases, to sell to residential developers,’’ Kent said.

 

Select Central Melbourne Education Leases to December 2016

Date

Property

NLA (sq m)

Tenant

Mar-16

277 William St

960

Danford College

Jul-16

553 St Kilda Rd

8,052

Monash University

Aug-16

399 Lonsdale St

892

Chisholm Institute

Aug-16

700 Collins St

2,682

Open Universities

Aug-16

168 Exhibition St

3,772

Acknowledge Education

Sep-16

727 Collins St

4,500

Deakin University

Sep-16

360 Collins St

4,000*

La Trobe University

Sep-16

247 Collins St

1,664

Discover English

Nov-16

376 Bourke St

943

Brighton Institute of Technology

Source: Savills Research                                                   *Expansion on multiple floors

In the most recent deals Melbourne University has taken 6500sqm at 333 Exhibition St, Cambridge (7200sqm at 108 Lonsdale Street), and Charles Sturt University (3000sqm at 601 Bourke Street).

Survey author, Savills’ Associate Director Research & Consultancy, Monica Mondkar, said the education sector accounted for nearly 21 per cent of the 191,484 square metres of office space leased by the Government & Community sector in 2016.

Ms Mondkar said the latest Department of Education figures revealed there were 554,179 full-fee paying international students in Australia on a student visa in 2016 representing a 10.9 per cent increase on 2015 with new enrolments in Victoria up by 12 per cent.

The average annual enrolments growth rate has been 6.5 per cent per year over the last ten years.

She said the Victorian Governments’ $31.9 million investment over four years in the international education sector announced in the 2016/2017 budget would likely underpin further rises in student numbers.

"Student numbers have been increasing year on year and, as Australia’s third biggest export at circa $20 billion, there is little doubt the Melbourne CBD education market will continue to grow and that is reflected in student choice with Melbourne’s international student population at more than 30,000*,’’ Ms Mondkar said.

According to the QS Best Student Cities 2016 index – a ranking of the world’s leading urban destinations for international students by university ranking, affordability, student mix, desirability, and employer activity – Melbourne ranked second behind Paris with Tokyo third followed by Sydney in fourth place.

QS Best Student Cities 2016 

Ranking

City

1

Paris

2

Melbourne

3

Tokyo

4

Sydney

5

London

6

Singapore

7

Montreal

8

Hong Kong

9

Berlin

10

Seoul

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