Conference Coverage

Industry-Panel

Austin, Texas — After a slower year in 2023 from a transactional standpoint, things are finally starting to look up, according to speakers at this year’s ‘State of the Industry’ panel during the recent InterFace Student Housing conference in Austin, Texas.  ‘Murky’ was utilized to describe the current state of the market, following a year of uncertainty with regard to cap and interest rates, but the sector’s strong fundamentals and growing interest from investors are reason to remain optimistic.  “We’re facing more challenges now than many of us have experienced in …

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Data-Panel

Austin, Texas — Data, information, statistics and analysis are the backbone of everything that we do in student housing, began moderator Andrew Layton, chief acquisition officer with Student Quarters, as he kicked off the first panel of this year’s InterFace Student Housing conference in Austin, Texas.  During this panel, the discussion ranged from hard numbers on pre-leasing and rental rates, to transaction actity, property valuations in the current environment and new beds under development. Pre-leasing and rental rates As of Monday, April 22, pre-leasing for the 2024-2025 academic year was at …

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Power-Panel

Austin, Texas — It’s no secret that today’s commercial real estate market can be challenging, whether you’re looking to break ground on a new project or close a transaction. But there’s plenty to be optimistic about in the student housing sector moving forward, according to Peter Katz, executive managing director of Institutional Property Advisors. Katz moderated this year’s ‘Power Panel,’ which kicked off the first full day of the 16th annual InterFace Student Housing conference, held at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas. The panel brought together a consortium of …

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Innovator-Awards

Austin, Texas — Thursday evening, April 25, Student Housing Business presented 28 prestigious Innovator Awards to student housing owners, developers, operators, architecture firms and universities for excellence in student housing development, marketing and operations. More than 130 industry experts judged on more than 120 entries in this year’s contest. The Innovator Awards were presented during the InterFace Student Housing conference at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas. Look out for more details on the winning projects in the May/June issue of Student Housing Business magazine. Winners are listed by category, project and winning …

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State-Industry

One of the most popular panels at the InterFace Student Housing conference each year is the ‘State of the Industry’ session, which takes a close look at the current state of the sector and the outlook for the year ahead. This year’s panel, moderated by President and CEO of PeakMade Real Estate, Bob Clark, was no exception.  The first topic — unsurprisingly — was the banking crisis, which Isaac Sitt, co-founder and principal of Vesper Holdings, believes to be far from over. Chief amongst a number of concerns for Sitt …

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Development-Panel

Austin, Texas — With many markets today saturated with new student housing development, differentiating your project has become of paramount importance. One of the primary ways of doing that is by keeping in touch with the wants and needs of today’s student — and specifically your community’s surrounding demographic.  This was discussed at length at the kick-off panel for InterFace Student Housing, which recently took place in Austin, Texas. In preparation for the panel — titled ‘What’s Trending in New Development: A Survey of 2023 New Deliveries & How Developers and Operators …

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Power Panel Group Shot

Austin, Texas — Experts in the student housing industry are bullish on the outlook for the upcoming academic year, citing the strong performance and outstanding fundamentals of the sector.  At the recent 15th annual InterFace Student Housing conference in Austin, industry professionals from around the country convened at the JW Marriott downtown to share insights and discuss industry trends. The first full day of the conference kicked off with the ‘Power Panel’ session, where a consortium of high-level executives provided their outlook for the year ahead.  “Evidenced once again by a packed …

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Austin, Texas — Tuesday evening, April 4, Student Housing Business presented 28 prestigious Innovator Awards to student housing owners, developers, operators, architecture firms and universities for excellence in student housing development, marketing and operations. More than 200 industry experts judged on more than 150 entries in this year’s contest. The Innovator Awards were presented during the InterFace Student Housing conference at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas. Look out for more details on the winning projects in the March/April issue of Student Housing Business magazine. Winners are listed by award, project and winning team. …

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State Of The Industry and What's Next

As a subcategory of multifamily that is currently experiencing record rent growth, student housing is increasingly becoming a sought-after commodity in the world of institutional investment, according to a panel of industry experts. More institutional love for student housing is also arriving at a time in which concerns about COVID-19’s impact on enrollment and on-campus learning at the nation’s colleges and universities are largely being laid to rest. The verdict is in on whether students overwhelmingly prefer to live and learn on campus — they do. Capital sources are responding …

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Power-Panel

Austin, Texas — As we move toward the start of a new academic year, the outlook in the student housing industry keeps getting brighter, according to experts within the industry. All signs point to further movement out of the COVID-19 pandemic — a testament to which was seen at the 14th annual InterFace Student Housing conference in Austin, where over 1,300 attendees gathered last week at the JW Marriott downtown. The sector’s resilience during the pandemic was once again a major topic at this year’s conference, particularly during the ‘Power Panel,’ which …

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