Valuation & Advisory Services


CBRE’s Student Housing Valuation Services group specializes in appraising student housing properties across the U.S. for lenders and investors. Experience and a deep understanding of the dynamic landscape of this niche is crucial for accurately valuing assets within the sector.

Over the past decade, the student housing industry has experienced significant growth, fueled by strong demographic trends and the limited ability of colleges and universities to increase supply. CBRE’s experienced student housing valuation professionals focus exclusively on this sector, staying abreast of quickly shifting trends to deliver the most accurate reports.

Our Services

  • Valuation
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Rent Analyses
  • Market Studies

Property Types

  • Off-campus private ownership properties
  • On-campus public-private ownership partnerships (PPP)
  • Greek – fraternity/sorority housing
  • On-campus university owned properties
CBRE maintains an extensive database of enrollment trends, construction costs, income and expense trends, and occupancy trends for all major student housing markets. 

Specialized Niche, Consistent Methodology


Student housing is defined as purpose-built properties designed for university students, featuring lease-by-the-bedroom formats, unique unit mixes, and 12-payment leases backed by parent guarantors. Many offer a long list of amenities similar to boutique hotels, including luxury gyms, upscale swimming pools with hot tubs, game rooms and high-speed wireless internet. These properties are typically situated within walking distance of campus and university shuttle bus transportation, have environmentally friendly construction, and may include utilities and furniture. The pre-leasing of these properties is a key to management success and it starts shortly after the Fall semester move-in season and marketing is year-round in order to obtain a stabilized occupancy level.

Our Student Housing Valuation professionals are intimately familiar with the key elements that impact property value and utilize a consistent methodology and reporting format nationwide to speed review and closing.

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