Student housing is generally more resilient than multifamily in a downturn, and the current tight supply of student housing in Los Angeles is putting upward pressure on rents.

By Kelsi Maree Borland | September 13, 2018

Student housing is having a moment. A tight supply of student housing is putting upward pressure on rents—even more so than the tremendous rent growth in multifamily. But, the strong rent growth isn’t the only reason to buy student housing. The apartment niche is also more resilient in a downturn than multifamily, and as we get later in the cycle, downside protection is attractive to investors. Champion Real Estate Co. is actively investing in student housing assets near USC, and is very bullish on the sector.