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Washington State University led U.S. colleges and universities with year-over-yer rent growth in student housing

Student Housing Performance Buoyed by Healthy Demand

The student housing industry continued to ride healthy demand and strong fundamentals to another record-breaking performance in the third quarter and 2022 overall, according to Yardi Matrix’s quarterly National Student Housing Report. The fall pre-leasing period saw 96.6% of bedrooms at Yardi 200 universities leased, with 4.1% annual rent growth. 

Although the pace of pre-leasing was faster for selective universities with higher enrollment, positive performance was widespread among university types across the country. Twelve universities had double-digit year-over-year growth in pre-leasing levels in September, led by Washington State University (18.9% growth) and the University of Houston (16.4%). 

At some popular schools with growing enrollments, available student housing supply hasn’t been sufficient to house the incoming class, reported Yardi Matrix. A problem that used to be unique to California schools has now become more widespread. 

“While student housing rent growth is starting to decelerate, there is still a significant spread between student housing and multifamily rents, which could support continued growth over the next couple of years,” the report states. “The impact of multifamily rent trends on student housing will be stronger in university areas with a prominent shadow market, given the availability of options within a close radius.” 


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About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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