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Student Housing Preleasing Continues Historic Pace, Reports Yardi Matrix

Student Housing Preleasing Continues Historic Pace

But rent growth has tempered and looks to be on par with 2023-2024

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif., April 01, 2024) – Last month, the average student housing preleasing rate for Yardi 200 schools reached 61.5 percent, marking a 450-basis-point increase year-over-year, according to the latest Yardi® Matrix National Student Housing Report.

The market is healthy enough to absorb 46,000 new beds coming online, with demand fueled by enrollment growth. The average rent per bed reached $883 in February, showing a 5.2 percent increase since the same period last year. Year-over-year rent growth was down from the 6.7 percent recorded in October 2023.

A total of 16 universities were more than 80 percent preleased, including larger student markets like Ole Miss (98.7 percent), Purdue (88.7 percent), Tennessee-Knoxville (87.5 percent), Virginia Tech (87.2 percent) and Arkansas (86.8 percent). Only 35 schools were less than 40 percent preleased, compared to 47 percent in February 2023.

“Rent growth slowed each month of the leasing season but is well-above the average of 3.5 percent going back to the beginning of 2018, and well ahead of the general multifamily market, as student housing has proven to have much different demand drivers,” note Matrix analysts.

Enrollment data collected from 178 universities shows that total enrollment was up 0.8 percent on a year-over-year basis, marking a significant increase from the -0.3 percent recorded in Fall 2022. Yardi Matrix forecasts that 46,285 new beds will come online in 2024, improving considerably on the 35,610 beds delivered in 2023.

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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