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Student Accommodation Investment

The student accommodation sector presents many opportunities for universities, investors, developers, operators and public bodies alike.

We combine data-driven market knowledge with the local, national and global expertise of our team. That's why we're ideally positioned to give you the advice and support you need for a profitable and sustainable investment in Student Accommodation.

The experts in Student Property Investment

Combining client experience and insights into the sector, we bring decades of expertise in the field of investment, valuation and consulting, acting on both sides of transactions in the PBSA (Purpose-Built Student Accommodation) market.

Using our knowledge, background and European and global reach, we offer our clients comprehensive advice in their own language, covering all elements of the PBSA landscape. We count both universities and private sector firms among our clients and offer a unique perspective into the strategy, trends and policy of higher education.

Our database for student accommodation – exclusively developed by Cushman & Wakefield – covers 660,000 rooms across the UK alone, making it the largest, most comprehensive and insightful data collection of its kind. We use our expertise in your business areas to support your assets over their entire life cycle, bringing our experience to every stage of the process.

Our services

Pan-European Investment and Advisory

With experience provided by the client and strong links to our advisory team, we advise on all aspects of the transaction process, including:

  • due diligence;
  • commercial input;
  • operator selection;
  • joint venture structuring;
  • recapitalisations; and
  • the creation of integrated investment platforms.

We collaborate on numerous major transactions in this sector, including deals in the UK, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Germany and Ireland.

Public advisory

The Cushman & Wakefield team leads the market for demand and supply analysis, strategy, and portfolio structuring in this sector. We have the largest and most up-to-date student accommodation data collections, employing locational analysis to track an unrivalled number of properties. Our client base includes universities, private providers, developers and operators of PBSA. This combination of extensive data and sound experience enables us to provide you with the best possible insight and advice. Our specialist areas of work include:

  • demand and supply analyses;
  • portfolio review and due diligence of large portfolios;
  • demand-risk partnerships, procurement and advice; and
  • accommodation strategies and property transaction advice


With in-depth methodologies, accurate market data and intelligence on the operational costs of properties, we have valued student housing in excess of £2.75 billion from over 130 different facilities, accounting for around 15% of the total private student housing stock. We work closely with a 600-strong team of valuation experts across the EMEA, leveraging the market knowledge of our leading Advisory team to the benefit of our clients.

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