Demand for Off-Campus Housing to Remain High


Campus Crest Communities provided valuable insight on trends impacting the student housing industry earlier this week at their 2012 Investor Day held in the NYSE boardroom. The company also shined some light on their strategy for success since their October 2010 IPO, when Campus Crest joined American Campus Communities and EdR in the student housing REIT arena. While the firm is still the new kid on the block, the sheer demand for purpose-built off-campus student housing is a recipe for continued portfolio growth.

The meeting opened with a presentation by Michael Gallis, principal at Michael Gallis & Associates, a strategic planning and design firm. Gallis’ research presented a very bullish case on the drivers behind student housing demand, pointing out there are 13.5 million students currently enrolled in four-year undergraduate programs at large public institutions, which is 62.6 percent of all four year enrollments. Of those 13.5 million only 34 percent (or about 4.35 million) live on campus. That leaves 68 percent, or 9.16 million, living off-campus.


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