Near term forecasts indicate that student housing is projected to outperform other real estate sectors including retail, hotels and office. While there are positive indicators in student housing, understanding how the pandemic will affect the balance of on-campus students versus remote learning students will be a key factor to observe this fall. I look forward to seeing it unfold.
For all of the variables, however, student housing is projected to outperform other commercial real estate asset classes, such as office, lodging and malls, in the next few years. In fact, the real danger for student housing might be its very popularity.