Industry Voices

Roxy-Guarantors

The U.S. has long been the most sought-after destination for international students, with the country attracting millions of young, ambitious people from across the world every year.  Chinese families are particularly interested in a U.S.-based education for their children — so much so that the country is the number one source of international students in the U.S. In fact, according to our data at NYStudents, over 150,000 Chinese students come to the U.S. every year, with about 500,000 students in the country at any given time, ranging from middle schoolers …

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James-Birkey

One day apart, I toured two private universities less than 20 miles from each other. One was a large, name-brand institution with an illustrious football team, and the other noted its softball team with middling success in their D-III conference. One had millions of square feet of funded research space, while the other proudly demonstrated their single modern lab space shared among their science courses. One was looking to manage an enrollment boom coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the other was soberly posturing that their peak enrollment years …

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John-Brinich

Contrary to what seems to be popular belief, you don’t need to go to college to find a rewarding career. I am not quite sure where that idea started in our society, but I know it’s still around. I think back to my high school days and how, when senior year rolled around, I had that meeting everyone scheduled with the high school counselor. I remember the counselor asking me directly what I wanted to study in college as if that was my only option. The same thing happened with my …

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Mike-Womack

It’s the start of the semester at university campuses across the globe. New experiences around curricula, living quarters and social connections have begun. And as student life restarts, a new level of connectivity is needed to make these experiences positive ones. Student education and social engagement happen in every corner of the campus (libraries, lecture halls, dorms, cafeterias and more) and extend to off campus locations. Is your university ready to fill that connectivity demand?   Today’s students know the benefit, convenience, and flexibility that Wi-Fi brings, and their fingers …

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Stark-Photo

Student housing valuation is often saddled by two common units of comparison that multiply the opportunities for confusion and disagreement in appraising value for property taxation. For a more convincing property tax appeal, it is important for the taxpayer to ensure their property’s valuations line up on both a per-square-foot and a per-bed basis. This article will discuss the importance of a proper unit mix and rent roll analysis to reconcile values between these units of comparison. We will also discuss current trends in student housing, including free services and …

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Janis-Rossi

The demand for advanced Internet of Things (IoT) technology has intensified over the past two years in the multifamily and student housing sectors. Many communities offer some form of smart home technology to enhance the resident experience. Owners and operators are seeing the value of these technologies within their communities for residents while making work easier and more efficient for their on-site teams. In fact, recent survey results from NMHC and Grace Hill showed 60 percent of residents prefer smart locks and 70 percent prefer smart thermostats in their communities.  …

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Layton-Andy

It is wild to think that 24 months ago I was sitting in the same room that I am sitting in now thinking whether my lifelong dream of building a company was ending abruptly. In March 2020, my colleagues at Student Quarters and I were celebrating the imminent closing of a deal at the University of Cincinnati. Our pipeline had never been stronger or deeper. We were poised to make our move to become an industry powerhouse. And then over the days, weeks and months that followed, we spent hours …

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Gary-Holloway

Life sciences is a booming industry and commercial real estate experts only expect for this market to continue flourishing in 2022. According to CBRE’s U.S. Life Sciences Trends 2021 report, we have reached all-time highs in funding, job growth and demand for lab space and new construction. As the demand for life sciences space continues increasing in cities, so will the demand for housing that accommodates graduate students and professionals working in this industry. Up to this point, most commercial real estate developers have not considered how this increase in …

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Duckwitz

Water leak monitoring should be an integral part of your sustainability and conservation efforts. Sustainability and conservation started as trends, but have turned into a combined green movement that has taken root in student housing property development and construction — and we can all applaud that effort!  Educational institutions, government agencies, developers and students alike have taken to heart the need to protect our environment and communities while fulfilling student housing demand. And the opportunities to ‘go green’ are ever-expanding. Recent advances in water conservation technology are now not only …

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Van-Allen

It all started in a college dorm with restless nights of tossing and turning, resulting in missed classes. For college students, sleep is an essential activity that tends to be sacrificed for in favor of late nights studying or spending time with friends. While this seems normal on college campuses, not getting a full night’s rest affects your brain, and you emotional and physical state. Having just one poor night’s sleep can disrupt cognitive functioning and reduce your immune system’s response, meaning you’ll experience a lack of concentration and are more …

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