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What does the growth of the student housing market look like?

We have seen sharp upticks in student housing opportunities, such as high-end apartment complexes situated near major universities. Is this still a potential growth sector as it has been, or has the market for such housing bottomed out?

  • Managing Director, Regent Park Advisors
    June 22, 2018

    Depends on the market, but not overall.

  • Marcus & Millichap
    June 22, 2018

    Absolutely strong growth forecasted in student housing.

  • Sumihiro Investments, LLC
    June 22, 2018

    This market still remains strong. There is no bottoming out of the market. I believe this is true throughout the U.S. There is some fear that politics may slow overseas students coming to the U.S, but I have not seen this in any data. In other words, it's anecdotal. In general, mid-range seems to be the best performing with the highest cash flow return. High end only applies to those with families with substantial income, as high end would be $2500-plus, which is a lot for students and families unless they are sharing the apartment. Note to the landlord: The more students in an apartment, the more damage and maintenance.

  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP
    June 24, 2018

    This has been a trend in development and investing in a niche area of multi-family apartments for some time, and I expect this will continue until the demand has been met. Private provision of student housing, as opposed to housing provided by universities on campus, is a growing trend that allows universities to grow their student body without the expense or burden of doing it themselves, as they once did in most cases. Some markets are more mature than others and the demand in that market may be becoming close to saturated. Others are far behind, so understanding markets, supply and demand and what rents are in those markets is important in distinguishing where to invest and in making investment decisions. However, it seems this sector is here to stay for the long run and those going in early in the right places with a good operating platform have done extremely well.