Research - MARCH 9, 2017

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Student housing in Europe attracts investor attention

by Andrea Waitrovich

Almost no other market is currently attracting as much investor attention as student housing, according to the new Catella Market Tracker, Student Housing in Europe 2017. The differences across Europe are still quite large, however, which creates opportunities in the asset class.

An especially large percentage increase in students is found in Austria (up 65 percent), Switzerland (up 50 percent), the Netherlands (up 33 percent) and Belgium (up 31 percent). Germany has the highest number of students in Europe, numbering 2.7 million.

The individual attributes of residential halls (and student housing markets) vary from country to country. The largest European market for student housing is the United Kingdom (438,000 students in residential halls), followed by Germany (297,000 students) and France (275,000 students).

The complete Catella Market Tracker, Student Housing in Europe 2017, is

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