Student housing has now firmly established itself as a mature alternative asset class. Increased mobility and demand from foreign students has led to a boom in student housing in Europe, while micro living has being boosted by demand from young urban professionals. What are the prospects for the two sectors? As co-living increases in popularity, will the boundaries between asset classes gradually dissolve?
Which countries or cities will attract the most foreign students? The UK and Germany have led the way in student housing and have the largest, most mature and most liquid markets, but other countries are coming to the fore. Investors are now turning their focus on Central and Eastern Europe, where the gap between supply and demand is particularly wide. More international students are choosing Warsaw and Prague, attracted by the beauty of the city, the range of good courses on offer and lower costs. Yet, according to StudentMarketing data, Warsaw and Wroclaw are in the list of the 15 most under-supplied cities in Europe, with only 9% of purpose-built student accommodation. More generally, does student housing offer a recession-proof opportunity? Looking at the data, what are the main trends? As the sectors mature, what are institutional investors looking for?
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