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Student Housing Keeps Setting Preleasing Records, Reports Yardi Matrix

Student Housing Keeps Setting Preleasing Records

Preleasing reached 54.5 percent in January 2024, 7.1 percent ahead of last year

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Feb. 23, 2024 – Student housing’s consistently rising preleasing rate exceeded 50 percent of tracked inventory by the end of January 2024, well ahead of last year’s figure, according to the latest Yardi® Matrix National Student Housing Report.

Preleasing for the 2024-2025 school year reached 54.5 percent in January, marking a 710-basis-point increase since January 2023. A total of 22 markets were at least 75 percent preleased, while four exceeded the 90 percent rate. A combination of enrollment growth and decreasing new supply is driving the sector’s performance.

Asking rates at Yardi 200 schools continued to climb to record highs, hitting $863 per bed in January. However, rent growth decelerated year-over-year, falling to 4.4 percent in January.

“Rent growth patterns in student housing vary by market. Some operators push rates hard at the beginning of the leasing season to test the market and ease rent growth later on to fill the remaining beds. Slowing rent growth also reflects the fact that increases were high a year ago,” say Matrix analysts.

Yardi Matrix forecasts that 46,285 new beds will deliver in 2024, marking a significant increase from the 35,610 beds delivered in 2023. Investment activity decelerated in 2023, with only 76 student housing properties changing hands.

Gain more insight in the new Yardi Matrix National Student Housing Report.

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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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