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Student Accommodation

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

With data-driven insights and expertise at a local, national and global level, we are ideally positioned to offer you the advice and support you need in this market.

Our student accommodation experts

Combining client-side experience and sector insights, our team brings expertise in investment, valuation and advisory gathered over the last 20 years, acting on both sides of transactions in the PBSA (Purpose Built Student Accommodation) market.

Using our knowledge, experience and European and global reach, we advise clients in their own language across all elements of the PBSA landscape. We have both universities and private sector firms among our clients, which gives us a unique perspective into higher education strategy, trends and policy.

Our Student Accommodation Tracker database, exclusively developed by Cushman & Wakefield, covers 660,000 rooms across the UK. It is the largest, most comprehensive and insightful dataset of its kind. We use our thorough understanding of your business to advise and guide you effectively throughout the life cycle of your assets.

Our services

Investment and Advisory in France and Europe

With a blend of client-side experience and strong links to our advisory team, we advise on all elements of the transaction process including:

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

We have participated in a large number of key transactions in the student housing sector, notably in France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Germany and Ireland.

Public Sector Advisory

We are the market leader in demand and supply analysis, strategy and portfolio structuring in the student housing sector. We have an extremely large and up-to-date student housing database that we use to analyse and track a very large number of assets. Our client base includes universities, private providers, developers and operators in the PBSA sector. This combination of data and experience enables us to provide you with the most valuable information and advice. Our specialist areas of work include:

  • demand and supply considerations
  • portfolio review and due diligence of large portfolios
  • demand-risk partnership procurement and advice and
  • accommodation strategies and property transaction advice


Using robust methodology and returns, customised market data and information on the operational costs of properties, we have valued student housing in excess of £2.75bn from over 130 different programmes, accounting for around 15% of the total private student housing stock. We work closely with a team of 600 valuation experts in the EMEA region, drawing on the market knowledge of our advisory teams.

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Planning on investing in student accommodation? Get in touch today to find out how we can help:


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