July 31, 2021

Industry News | 07/21

Higher education, student mobility, and student housing industry news from July 2021.

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July 30

  • Anima, VBI, Uliving create student housing investment JV in Brazil [IPE Real Assets]

July 28

  • Greystar Launches Pilot Housing Scholarship Program with Sacramento State [Greystar]
  • Henderson Park and Greystar celebrate structural completion of Nine Elms Parkside with Wandsworth Council [Greystar]
  • Redo chosen for new urban regeneration project in Milan. The 15 hectares of abandoned buildings will be turned into a residential neighbourhood for over 15,000 families and students with a strong cultural component. [Real Asset Insight]
  • CRM Students has appointed a new chief executive, with Stewart Moore stepping down from the role from 1 August. [StuRents]

July 27

  • Dutch universities aim to operate normally from coming academic year [Dutch News]
  • Unipol and NUS are teaming up once again to bring the 2021 edition of the Accommodation Costs Survey [CUBO]
  • Unite bounces back from pandemic in first half of 2021 [Property Week]

July 26

  • The growth of DoveVivo continues with the opening of the business in two Italian cities – Ferrara and Venice [DoveVivo]

July 23

  • Is the addressable market for PBSA being exaggerated? [StuRents]

July 22

  • REIT Student Properties Spain, over which Belgian Xior Student recently launched a takeover bid, carried out a non-monetary capital increase operation of 14 million shares. [Iberian Property]
  • Kinetic Capital announces GBP200m PBSA Investment Programme with StepStone Group across the UK and Ireland. [Property Funds World]

July 21

  • Henderson Park and Hines Secure Financing from Natixis for Construction of a Student Residence and Office Building in Barcelona [Hines]
  • Foreign enrolment in the Netherlands stable during COVID but questions remain for coming academic year [ICEF Monitor]

July 20

  • GCP Student Living has agreed to a £969m takeover from a newly formed company owned by Scape Living PLC and iQSA Holdco. [StuRents]

July 19

  • European student housing investment has risen from €678m in 2010 to €29.6bn in 2020 according to Catella infographic on ‘The Rise of Resi’ [Catella]

July 17

  • Private equity group Blackstone and pension fund APG Asset Management are increasing their exposure to Britain’s student housing market as part of a takeover of GCP Student Living. [The Times]

July 16

  • What’s Shaping Student Housing Design? New design trends include a greater focus on creating spaces that promote both physical and mental health, experts from BKV Group and MHTN Architects agree. [Multi-Housing News]

July 15

  • Student Housing and Micro Living pioneer International Campus celebrates 10-year anniversary with plans for further expansion [International Campus]

July 14

  • Talking about business in Tuscany with Charlie MacGregor - Inspiring tomorrow by investing today with CEO and Founder of The Student Hotel [The Florentine]
  • UK: Why property investors are heading North [Accommodation for Students]
  • How to keep the city centre alive - "People want to live in apartments once more. Buyers are seeking low maintenance living with concierge services, in house gym spaces and that easy pace of life. The commute is quickly becoming a thing of the past since Covid19, and people want to make things easy for themselves. Put simply, people want more adaptable living spaces.”  [Property Investor Today]
  • How To Create The Perfect Amenity Space In Student Accommodation [Loft]

July 13

  • Round Hill Capital’s Brian Welsh sees a bright future for Nido Student. The firm’s head of PBSA spoke with PropertyEU alongside Nido COO Darren Gardner about the company’s recent transactions, dealing with Covid-19, and what the future has in store for the living sector. [PropertyEU]
  • Co-working spaces are popping up on campus as universities are looking to partner with flexible space providers amid a revenue crunch [JLL]
  • Xior Student Housing opens new residence "Black Box" in Groningen; the old office building was given a thorough facelift and turned into a modern student residence [Xior Student Housing]
  • French higher education institutions are making their way up international rankings analysis from Campus France has shown. [The PIE News]
  • UCAS application data  for the 2021/22 academic year shows a record number of undergraduate applications from non-EU students, but a large drop in applications from EU students for the first year of post-Brexit full tuition fees. [StudyTravel]
  • The Belgian real estate investment fund Xior Student Housing, has launched a voluntary takeover bid (OPA) on the Spanish student housing Socimi Student Properties Spain (SPS) for a maximum of 58.4 million euros [Iberian Property]

July 12

  • Build-to-rent specialist Amro Partners has acquired two student schemes in Spain and Portugal, lifting the value of its Iberian portfolio by a third to €200m [Iberian Property]
  • European university concept coming to life as The Berlin School of Business and Innovation (BSBI) has announced a new multi-campus education offer with institutional partners in France and Greece. [StudyTravel]
  • Nido sells West Hampstead student digs for £124m [Property Week]

July 8

  • Unite Students' property portfolio value rises to £2.8bn [Business Live]
  • Watkin Jones sets its sights on £700m development pipeline. The company is looking to splash out £100m to £140m on land in the student, BTR and co-living sectors. [Property Week]

July 7

  • Navana Property Group has joined forces with Homes for Students, the UK’s second largest independent student accommodation operator, to launch a dedicated, national build-to-rent (BTR) operating and consultancy business called VervLife. [Property Funds World]
  • Record set to tumble as 311,000 UK teenagers apply for university. Nearly half of school leavers seek university place, with nursing and medicine seeing rise in popularity. [The Guardian]

July 6

  • DoveVivo’s newest property in Venice is nearing completion. The property will provide the city with an additional 229 student beds and a variety of services and spaces which are also accessible to the surrounding community. [Venezia Today – Italian]

July 5

  • Private equity firms are ramping up their investments in the UK’s student accommodation market, pumping hundreds of millions of pounds into a resilient sector, with an eye on high rental returns in post-Brexit, post-Covid Britain. [Property Wire]
  • ‘Urban campus’ wins chance to bring regeneration to Rome - The Campo Urbano project will turn 45,000 sq m of disused railway land near the centre into a campus with flexible offices but also multifunctional spaces, housing, student accommodation, retail spaces and labs. [Real Asset Insight]
  • The Importance Of The International Student Market For PBSA [Loft]

July 2

  • Munich-headquartered Real IS has launched a new open-ended residential property fund, Modern Living, and has begun the placing process with a planned investment volume of €800 million. They will also be investing in student accommodation. [Real Asset Insight]

July 1

  • The HousingAnywhere International Rent Index report for Q2 2021 shows an overall price drop for single rooms, bringing the average rental prices to their lowest point since 2015. The top 5 cities with most notable decreases are Munich, Madrid, Rome, Barcelona, and London. [HousingAnywhere]
  • UK launches Graduate Route of post-study work, extends visa concessions [StudyTravel]
  • How The Best Furniture Suppliers Improve Your PBSA Scheme's Image [Loft]

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