Scion Reportedly Talks $1B Student Housing JV with Brookfield
Brookfield Asset Management is in advanced talks to form a joint venture with Chicago-based Scion Group to acquire at least $1 billion in student-housing properties, Crain’s Chicago Businessreported. It would be Brookfield’s first U.S. bet on the sector, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
The entities are planning to purchase purpose-built real estate across the country. Brookfield has acquired student housing outside the U.S., and counts U.K.-based platform Student Roost among its investments.
In 2018, Scion teamed with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Singapore’s GIC to purchase a portfolio of student housing assets for $1.1 billion. The Brookfield deal doesn’t interfere with this JV, one of the people said.
The National Multifamily Housing Council said in July that it estimates the student housing market will grow to 9.2 million beds by 2031 from 8.5 million last year, with much of the growth occurring at public universities.
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