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Student housing is having a moment. A tight supply of student housing is putting upward pressure on rents—even more so than the tremendous rent growth in multifamily. But, the strong rent growth isn’t the only reason to buy student housing. The apartment niche is also more resilient in a downturn than multifamily, and as we get later in the cycle, downside protection is attractive to investors. Champion Real Estate Co. is actively investing in student housing assets near USC, and is very bullish on the sector.

“The student housing sector offers downside protection in a very tight multifamily market,” Garrett Champion, EVP with Champion Real Estate Co., tells GlobeSt.com. “Los Angeles in particular, provides a unique opportunity for investment in student housing because its shortage puts upward pressure on rents.  Students and their parents will also pay a premium to live within a half-mile of campus. The product type has proven to be more recession resilient compared to traditional multifamily as enrollment increases during economic downturns and predominantly wealthy parents provide the lease guarantees.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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