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European Student Housing

  • Housing shortage for (international) students in numerous European countries
  • Student Housing on the move to an independent asset class
  • Clear yield advantage compared to standard residential

Tight housing markets make it difficult for students to find suitable housing on the free housing market. Even public or subsidised student residences are far from being able to meet students' needs, so that over the past few years the sub-segment of Purpose-Built-Student- Accommodations (PBSA) has increased sharply, which is reflected in the increasing liquidity of the sub-market. The student housing market is increasingly developing into an independent asset class with a clear yield advantage compared to standard residential. Preference is given to investments in university cities with an existing undersupply, a high proportion of international students and growing student numbers.

CountryNo. of properties (all funds)Investment Volume CRIM properties (all funds) in EUR million
Germany 16 347.1
France 7 113.7
Netherlands 8 223.3
UK 4 54.9
Spain 1 16.0
Austria 2 29.4
Poland 1 22.1
Total 39 806.5


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