A glance at college enrollment figures over the last few decades shows some dramatic trends. Shortly before World War II, only approximately 160,000 Americans were in college. But thanks to 1944′s Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, better known as the G.I. Bill of Rights, in the years immediately after the war, approximately 2.2 million military veterans went to college. A few decades later, a swell of “Baby Boomers” born between 1946 and 1964 crowded college campuses; enrollment rose to nearly eight million in 1970.

Now, get ready for the Millenials, because colleges across the country certainly are. Many of this group of 75 million children of Baby Boomers, also known as the “Echo Boomers”, will be attending college this decade, and this surge of incoming college students is capturing the interest of real estate professionals because providing private off-campus rental housing to these college students can be a great investment opportunity. But even if your firm does not focus on providing student housing, trends in this market will likely affect you in the years to come.

Why Student Housing is a growing marketThere are several reasons why many real estate professionals are becoming interested in investing in student housing.

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