Student Housing in 2018
Private rented residential and student housing are now seen as firmly established in the UK, and investors and developers are looking to transport strategies to continental Europe.
"Student housing is something that has been big in the UK, and now Ireland. The Netherlands and Germany are seeing that,” says one pension fund manager.
Source: PwC and the Urban Land Institute. Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Europe 2018. London: PwC and the Urban Land Institute, 2017.
Student housing among the best sectors in 2018:
ranks as #5 in sector investment prospects
ranks as #4 in sector development prospects
European Student Housing Supply:
100 most popular European cities
million internationally mobile students (globally)
investment in the sector in Europe (2018)
Source: Bonard, 2019
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The strong growth of international students in Europe is turning student housing into one of the most attractive niches of the alternative real estate asset classes.
‘International students are the future,’ Samuel Vetrak, CEO of StudentMarketing, told a recent PropertyEU Investment Briefing in London. ‘The numbers of domestic students are decreasing, due to demographic trends, but that decline is more than compensated by the increase in foreign students targeting continental Europe,’ he told a packed room at the London offices of law firm Nabarro.
By 2020 there will be an additional 335,000 international university students in continental Europe, plus an additional 310,000 short-term exchange students on Erasmus-type courses moving to over 40 competing destinations, research from StudentMarketing shows.
Vetrak claims that investments of €2 bn a year are needed to attract these students as housing is a necessity and an integral part of the value proposition. Moreover, demand already far exceeds supply.