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Student Accommodation

The student accommodation sector presents many opportunities for universities, investors, developers, operators and public bodies alike. With a wealth of data-driven insights and expertise at a local, national and global level, our team is perfectly placed to provide the advice and support you need.

The experts in student accommodation

Our teams ombine client-side experience and sector know-how, and offer appropriate expertise in investment, valuation and advice. You make use of knowledge gathered over the last 20 years, acting on both sides of transactions – vendor and buyer.

Drawing on our knowledge, background and global network, we advise our clients on all aspects of the student accommodation landscape. Counting both universities and private sector firms among our clients, we also offer a unique perspective on strategy, trends and policy.

Our digital tools keep track of our complete student accommodation portfolio. We manage a huge selection of student accommodation and similarly use our knowledge of the business to manage your assets. You can draw on our know-how at every stage of the process.

Our services

Pan-European Investment and Advisory

With a blend of client-side experience and strong links to our advisory teams, we advise on all elements of the transaction process including:

  • Due diligence
  • Commercial input
  • Operator selection
  • Joint venture structuring
  • Recapitalisations
  • The creation of integrated investment platforms

We have been involved in a number of key transactions in the sector, including deals in the UK, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Germany and Ireland.

Public Advisory

Cushman & Wakefield is market leader for supply & demand analysis, strategy and portfolio structuring in the sector. What's more, we have the largest and most up-to-date student accommodation datasets, employing locational analysis to track an unrivalled number of properties. Our client base includes universities, private providers, developers and student accommodation operators. The combination of data and experience enables us to provide you with the most valuable insight and advice. Our specialist areas of work include:

  • Supply & demand considerations
  • Portfolio analysis and due diligence for large portfolios
  • Demand-risk partnership procurement and advice
  • Accommodation strategies and property transaction advice


Using robust methodology, detailed market data and intelligence on properties’ operational costs, we have extensive experience in the valuation of student housing. Working closely with a 600-strong team of valuation experts across EMEA, we draw on the market knowledge of our leading Advisory team.

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