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Student housing remains a strong investment market. Major metropolitan cities are usually the best locations for student housing, and currently the top markets include San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco, along with Houston and Dallas in Texas as well as the Southeast in Tampa, Orlando and Atlanta. Top markets for student housing, however, are also focused on the school, sports and student population.

“In student housing investment, we always start by focusing on the anchor university.  We believe the strongest opportunities are at large, public, power five football conference universities, as well as at group of five universities that are located in major metropolitan areas,” says Frederick W. Pierce, IV, president and CEO at Pierce Education Properties. “Within those subsets, we seek universities with 20,000 or more undergraduate students or 25,000 total enrollment.  Individual market dynamics will be unique as to opportunities for core, core plus, value-add and/or ground up development.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance writer and editor living in Los Angeles whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Los Angeles Magazine.

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