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Yardi Matrix Student Housing Report 2021-Q1

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Yardi Matrix Announces New Student Housing Coverage

  • Yardi Matrix recently released our student housing data offering, an industry-leading analytics tool that provides critical insight into the student housing sector.
  • Yardi Matrix Student Housing covers key metrics including prelease 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.
  • This report is the first in our quarterly series, covering major trends and developments in the student housing industry. This report will focus on the Yardi 200, which includes all Power 5 conferences as well as Carnegie R1 and R2 universities. Yardi Matrix also hosts biannual student housing webinars. More information on the subscription data offering can be found at

The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted the global economy and commercial real estate markets, and the student housing industry is no exception. After most universities closed in the spring of last year, school administrators had only a few months to plan for what the 2020 fall term would look like, and most universities implemented some type of online learning.

According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, overall postsecondary enrollment declined 2.5% in fall 2020, and the primary driver of this decline was undergraduate enrollment, which dropped 3.6%. Despite de-densified dorms and a desire for students to return to campus, the purpose-built student housing industry is beginning to feel the effects of the pandemic.

Year-over-year rent growth for the Yardi 200 has steadily declined each month since the shutdowns last March, and rents were down 1.3% in December compared to last year. The fall 2020 preleasing period ended in September at 88.7% for the Yardi 200, about 5.5% below the prior year. While the recent deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine has brought a sense of optimism, there is still some uncertainty as to when the vaccine will be available to the general public. As a result, preleasing for the fall 2021 school year is off to a slow start, at 29.5% preleased as of December.

Though there is some short-term pain in the industry, Yardi Matrix is generally optimistic about the future of the purpose-built student housing industry as the vaccine reaches more people and as students who took a year off return to campus.

Read the full Yardi Matrix Student Housing Report 2021-Q1


About the author

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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