New study by bulwiengesa and Union Investment
Münster beats Amsterdam – where are the best prospects for student housing?
That is the finding of a new city ranking by Union Investment and bulwiengesa, part of an in-depth study comparing supply and demand in this sector across 61 German cities using 18 different metrics. Münster is followed at the top of the ranking by Cologne, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Hanover. The lowest ranked city is Trier – below Kaiserslautern, Bamberg, Greifswald and Chemnitz. The study also examines four non-German cities: Dublin, Amsterdam, Paris and Vienna, all of which ranked in the top third.
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Initial insights from the study
Ranking: all seven German Class A cities and the major European cities among the top 20
Münster, Cologne and Stuttgart lead the list. The four major European cities surveyed also made it into the top 20.
Comments on the study
Head of Division Microliving, bulwiengesa
“The top 20 cities with the best conditions for investment in the student housing sector are an interesting mix comprising all seven German Class A cities, four major European university cities, plus a number of ‘hidden champions’. A strategy that focuses exclusively on Class A cities ignores the opportunities that Münster, Karlsruhe, Hanover, Ulm, Braunschweig, Darmstadt and Koblenz in particular have to offer.”
Portfolio Manager Micro-Living, Union Investment
“Rental expectations and appreciation are likely to be more modest in future as the market will be unable to maintain the price dynamics of the start-up phase. So it will be interesting to see how things pan out in the student housing asset class over the coming years.”
Henrik von Bothmer
Investment Manager Micro-Living, Union Investment
“As the sector undergoes dynamic expansion of supply and increasing professionalism through private-sector players, we should not overlook the enormous potential of the mid-price Segment.”
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