Following the second wave of COVID-19 infections in July, many universities revised re-opening plans an implemented online education through the fall. Online education, however, has not had a significant impact on student housing collections or leasing activity. Student housing owner and operator Pierce Education Properties reports 97% rent collections since the beginning of classes in August and less than 1% lease cancellations as a result of distance learning.

“The degree of no-shows—students who signed a lease, but did not move in—this year in our portfolio was consistent with years past at less than 1%.  And August collections for our portfolio were also very strong at 97%–they were 96% in August 2019. These trends were not impacted by the mode of course delivery,” Frederick W. Pierce, IV, president and CEO of Pierce Education Properties, tells  “This information affirms that students do not want to stay at home and miss out on the social aspects of their college experience.  They want to be at school even if some or all of their courses are on-line. As such, the fall performance of our portfolio has proven to be in line with our optimism earlier in the year.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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