Our Top Resources for Investing in Student Housing

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Student housing remains a highly attractive option for investors, with the numbers speaking for themselves. Growing undergraduate enrollment and student housing’s recession-resistant nature have together fueled accelerated growth in the market. Between 2000 and 2017, total undergraduate enrollment in degree-granting postsecondary institutions increased by 27 percent (from 13.2 million to 16.8 million students). By 2028, total undergraduate enrollment is projected to increase to 17.2 million students (National Center for Education Statistics). And according to CBRE’s Student Housing Group, in 2018, the industry saw $11.2 billion in transactions. This was a 286% increase compared to transaction volume just 5 years earlier in 2013.

As the sector continues to mature, it is important for investors to stay informed of market drivers, analysis and recommendations. The following is a list of our recommended top ten resources for investors looking to stay on top of the latest investment trends and insights broadly and in the student housing market, specifically.


Regularly cited in industry news, Axiometrics focuses on delivering market research and insights on the apartment and student housing markets. Leveraging data collection and in-depth analysis, Axiometrics provides industry information to help inform investor decisions about their apartment and student housing properties.

Citywire Registered Investment Advisor 

This biweekly magazine is dedicated to investment decision-makers at Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs). The publication’s analysis helps inform investment decisions to manage client portfolios.

Investors Business Daily

Investor’s Business Daily is a business news site covering the stock market, international business, finance and economics. While this source covers a variety of industries, the publication also includes student housing investment-specific news with industry-wide implications as well as aggregate newswire stories from outlets covering the student housing market such as Bloomberg News.

National Real Estate Investor (NREI)

Written for industry executives, NREI provides in-depth coverage of the financing, investment, management, development and leasing of commercial real estate. This is a great destination for information on market trends, regulatory issues as well as perspectives from industry experts.

Private Equity Real Estate (PERE)

For a global perspective, check out PERE. Published by PEI, a global B2B information group focused solely on private equity, private real estate, private debt, infrastructure and agri-investing, PERE focuses on the world’s private real estate markets. PERE tracks the relationship between investment managers and investors and how their interaction drives equity capital into private real estate. The publication reports on opportunistic real estate strategies for all types of property assets all over the world.

Real Assets Adviser

Dedicated to financial advisors, Real Assets Advisor is an industry news site with information and insights on the people, issues, ideas and events driving the global real estate and infrastructure investment marketplaces.

Real Estate Capital

Also published by PEI, Real Estate Capital is a news and insights service dedicated to financing real estate. Real Estate Capital provides a global take on analysis and commentary on raising and structuring capital for property. The site’s online news coverage includes reporting on who is lending and seeking capital, strategies and structures.

Nareit’s REIT Magazine

Nareit is an advocacy group that serves as the representative voice for real estate investment trusts (REITs) and publicly traded real estate companies with an interest in U.S. real estate and capital markets. Nareit’s REIT Magazine covers REIT-based real estate investment news and trends that impact policymakers and the global investment community.

National Center for Educational Statistics

While this site covers a range of topics related to higher education, for the student housing investment community, we’d recommend this as authoritative source for university enrollment, serving as a destination for reports, forecasts and trends.

Student Housing Business

This is a go-to trade news publication for all things student housing news. The publication is particularly relevant for property owners interested in investing in  student housing and includes insights, perspectives and reports on what students are seeking in individual markets.

Knowledge is power. As the market continues to evolve, it is critical for investors to draw from a well-rounded, diverse range of sources to inform ongoing and expanded investment in the student housing arena.

If you’re interested in investing in student housing, our investments team is well-versed in the industry and has been delivering excellent returns for over a decade. Please contact us here to learn more.