Student housing is just starting to become an investable asset class in CEE but it’s already facing stiff competition, delegates heard at Real Asset Media’s CEE Student Housing and Co-Living Investment Briefing, which was held last week at the offices of CMS in the City of London. It is not competition between investors, however. […] The number of investors who want to buy student housing in CEE is ‘off the chart’, but most of them don’t want to develop and don’t want to operate. 

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It will be smaller groups investing in the sector in the foreseeable future. ‘If there was enough scale the large PE groups would come in, but they need a €100-200 mln price tag at least and also a portfolio in different cities,’ said Luke Dawson, Managing Director & Head of Capital Markets CEE, Colliers International. ‘They will not move for a €20 mln asset, so until we get some scale only the smaller players will be active in the market’.

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