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Millennials boosting student housing sector



By Erik Dolan-Del Vecchio,


More millennials are pursuing higher education than ever before and the demand is fueling the student housing sector.

A recent TH Real Estate report said student housing attracted $9 billion in investment last year and demographic trends will continue to support the sector through 2017. And many states are cutting higher education funding, making room for investors to provide on-campus housing that schools are not able to afford, Multi-Housing News reports.

While the sector is not immune to difficulties, experts said student housing tends to be less economically sensitive than multifamily, especially because parents tend to cover expenses students themselves cannot afford, like damage deposits and missed rent. Also, the sector is not dependent on employment growth.

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