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As Summer Arrives, Student Housing Outlook for Fall 2021 Improves

Yardi Matrix Student Housing Report 2021-Q2

Preleasing for fall is still behind past averages as of April, but should bounce back in the next three months

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., June 10, 2021 – Preleasing for the fall 2021 college term is still lagging prior years, but Yardi Matrix analysts expect performance will improve over the summer, with most colleges and universities planning to return to in-person instruction beginning in August and September.

As of April, preleasing was at 58.6% for surveyed schools, about 4.2% below the same time last year and 5.8% below 2019, according to the new Yardi Matrix Student Housing report. The Yardi Student Housing data set includes over 1,000 universities and colleges nationwide, including the top investment grade universities across all major collegiate conferences, known as the Yardi 200.

“Many factors are pointing to increased student housing demand, fueled by students who took a gap year now enrolling in four-year institutions, new high school graduates, and the gradual return of international students,” states the report. “As the industry begins to approach a sense of pre-pandemic normalcy, a potential headwind to watch will be localized supply-demand imbalances.”

Year-over-year rents for dedicated off-campus student housing properties dipped earlier this year but have now begun to rebound. Rent growth for the Yardi 200 was 1.2% year-over-year as of April, up from 0.6% year-over-year in March. “We expect rents will remain fairly stable or increase modestly, as demand for student housing properties accelerates through the summer,” states the report.

Released quarterly, Yardi Matrix Student Housing covers key metrics including pre-lease occupancy, rent by bedroom and by unit, transaction activity, the new supply pipeline, the shadow market, ownership and property management contact information, university profiles and more.

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Jeff Adler

Jeffrey Adler is Vice President, of Yardi® Matrix, the data division of Yardi Systems.

Yardi® Matrix is a US multifamily, student, office, medical office/lab space, industrial, and self-storage asset information toolset for originating, underwriting, and asset managing commercial real estate investments, with over 800 clients worldwide. Yardi® Matrix provides investment strategy, market and institutional research reports leveraging the underlying property level detail of 135 markets, >92,000 multifamily properties and >18 MM units. Mr. Adler also leads Commercial Property Executive and Multi-Housing News, two digital media websites.

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