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Cushman & Wakefield Expands UK Student Accommodation Team With Senior Hire


John Freker is a Capital Markets specialist and joins from Colliers  

LONDON, 1 November 2023 – Cushman & Wakefield has appointed John Freker as a Partner to its UK Student Accommodation team. 

He joins to further strengthen the firm’s wider living offer and will be responsible for managing student housing transactions and providing clients with specialist investment advice. He will be based in London and representing clients across the UK.  

Freker brings over 13 years of experience in real estate advisory, lending, M&A, and restructuring. He was most recently working in Colliers’ National Capital Markets team, specialising in capital advisory mandates involving operational real estate advising clients such as QIP and Get Living.  

Prior to this, he was an Associate Director in Corporate Finance at JLL and Savills, respectively. He previously advised on Blackstone’s acquisition of iQ Student Accommodation and Oaktree’s disposal of The Student Housing Company.  

Andrew Smith, Head of UK Student Accommodation at Cushman & Wakefield, said: “I’m thrilled to welcome John to the team. He brings specialist expertise and knowledge in three fundamental areas – the student accommodation sector, corporate finance, and operational real estate. I’ve no doubt he’ll be a valuable addition to our existing team.” 

John Freker, incoming Partner in Cushman & Wakefield's Student Accommodation team, said: “Cushman & Wakefield has an outstanding reputation in the student accommodation sector, and I am proud to be joining the firm. I look forward to collaborating with colleagues to provide industry-leading consultancy in the Purpose-Built Student Accommodation market.” 

Cushman & Wakefield’s UK student accommodation team is a key part of its Living sector group, which also includes specialists in BTR/PRS, co-living and senior living while leveraging the firm’s global platform and sector expertise across land, development, consultancy, valuation & advisory and capital markets. Providing a full range of services to investors, developers, operators, and higher education institutions, the team recently released its 2023 UK Student Accommodation report highlighting unprecedented demand across the UK, and the pressing need for more accommodation options. 
About Cushman & Wakefield
Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global commercial real estate services firm for property owners and occupiers with approximately 52,000 employees in nearly 400 offices and 60 countries. In 2023, the firm reported revenue of $9.5 billion across its core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, and valuation and other services. It also receives numerous industry and business accolades for its award-winning culture and commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), sustainability and more. For additional information, visit


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