The PBSA sector has registered another strong year with occupancy rates and rents rising, according to the newly released Student Housing Annual Report by Bonard. While soaring inflation, interest rates and rising costs in the last quarter of 2022 have slowed down investment transactions, the overall outlook is positive and experts expect the sector to keep growing in the next two years.
According to Savills, the total investment volume for Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in Europe reached €11.7 billion in the first three quarters of 2022, a 130% increase on the same period in 2021 and a record high.
Berlin-based Catella Residential Investment Management GmbH has sold two centrally located fully-let residential and student housing assets in Warsaw and Kraków in Poland to institutional investors in Austria and the Netherlands for more than €60 million on behalf of Munich-headquartered AIFM platform Catella Real Estate AG (CREAG).
Student housing, co-living and hospitality properties continue to shine in the CEE region. Despite some legal discrepancies, heavily undersupplied, they remain the assets sought-after by investors, claim the experts of CEE Property Forum 2022.
Kajima Student Housing and Griffin Capital Partners have completed the development of a 795-bed Student Depot dormitory in Kraków, its largest residential scheme in Poland since the partnership entered the Polish market in 2019. The construction of the 11-storey, 25,000 sqm building took 17 months, making it one of the fastest large-scale residential developments with fit-out completed in Poland.
Purpose-built student accommodations are in short supply across the region, but some investors and developers find them very attractive. However, due to the recent dramatic economic changes, companies need to adapt to tougher business conditions and adjust their development pipelines accordingly, says Bálint Botos, Managing Partner of Forestay Group.
Zeitgeist Asset Management has obtained a loan from Česká spořitelna for the largest ever refinancing of its portfolio in the amount of €113 million (CZK 2.7 billion). In total, it concerns 23 properties with a total value of €220 million, located in various Prague locations. These are mainly residential properties with apartments for rent and private campuses for student accommodation.
Solida Capital and Xior have formed a joint venture in Poland to jointly develop student housing projects. The first investment will be a student dormitory located in the Old Town area of the capital, close to the University of Warsaw campus.
Kajima Properties has completed the development of one of Gdansk’s first built-to-rent schemes. A joint venture with local investor Tonsa and Olivia Business Centre, it marks Kajima’s first built-to-rent project in Poland and delivers a range of units from studios to three-bedroom family apartments. The building has been incorporated within the new @Home operational platform and has quick access to central Gdańsk, Olivia Business Centre and the rest of the Tri City area. The 3,185 sqm building has been fully let.
Xior Student Housing has signed a deal with Basecamp Group, European Student Housing Fund I and European Student Housing Fund II to purchase Basecamp's portfolio of private student accommodation for €939 million.
International sportswear brand Nike has chosen the Bonarka Shopping Centre in Kraków for the first location of its shop in the Nike Rise model. The retail space of the two-storey store is 1,000 sqm.
Poland's largest Monnari store has opened in the Serenada Centre in Krakow. The shop has an area of 605 sqm. Monnari is a Polish clothing brand. It has more than 200 stationary stores throughout Poland, as well as an online shop.
A McDonald's restaurant is joining the tenants of Nowa Sukcesja retail centre in Łódź. The 140 sqm restaurant will be located in the catering area, on the first floor.
GTC Group appoints two people to head up its shopping centres in Poland Anna Borecka will take over as director of Galeria Jurajska in Kraków. Meanwhile, Marek Ciszewski will take the helm at Galeria Północna in Warsaw.
Anna Bartoszewicz-Wnuk joins the Velis Real Estate Tech team as Head of Central & Eastern Europe and will be responsible for the company's development in the CEE markets.
DVM group, an integrated architectural and construction services provider is restructuring its design department. Ákos Csécsei has been appointed to head the architectural design department and Tímea Fekete-Tóth to lead the interior design department. The managers have grown with the company, with multiple projects to their name.
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