Student Accommodation

student accomodation

Student Accommodation

Student Accommodation is a highly specialised asset class. Colliers International have a team of experienced professionals that understand the sector. From transaction services, to valuation and advisory, our in-depth market insights  provide our clients with access to the best resources available – just ask us how.

Our experience

Our team understand the dynamics and metrics of Student Accommodation in the context of demand drivers, locational attributes, business issues and the impact of various operating agreement structures. Our transaction team are experienced in negotiating student accommodation development sites, conversion opportunities, pre-sales and existing facilities.

In the last five years, our valuation and advisory team has valued over $2 billion worth of Student Accommodation properties across Australia on behalf of private Student Accommodation providers, universities and financial institutions. We are also providing rental and strategic advice to a number of Australia’s leading universities.

Our promise

We are committed to delivering the best possible results for our clients through highly detailed reporting methods and innovative property marketing strategies. Whether you are a university, institution, bank, corporate or private client, our proven track record and extensive Student Accommodation experience will ensure we accelerate your success.

Our Services

Valuation and Advisory

  • Acquisition and Disposal Advice
  • Pre-purchase Due Diligence
  • Financial Reporting Purposes Valuations
  • First Mortgage Valuations
  • Rental Valuation
  • Research Analysis
Transaction Services

  • Disposals and Acquisitions
  • Lease and Operating Agreement Negotiation
  • Strategic Advice
  • Transaction Management

Our Team

Our Student Accommodation professionals use a collaborative approach in providing clients  with thorough market knowledge. As part of a wider global team, we have access to expertise in a range of markets and strong relationships with operators both locally and abroad. Our global presence and market knowledge means our clients access a wide range of opportunities and audiences to ensure the most successful outcomes are achieved.

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Christopher Milou 



0413 615 398

Level 30, Grosvenor Place     

225 George Street Sydney

NSW 2000 | Australia 
  Guy Wells 

Associate Director

Transaction Services 

0405 612 416
Level 30, Optus Centre

367 Collins Street, Melbourne

VIC 3000 | Australia          
Baden Mulcahy 

National Director


0439 034 033

Level 30

111 Eagle Street

Brisbane, QLD 4000 | Australia

Market update

Australia’s Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) sector has witnessed strong development growth and an increase in operational assets to meet the ongoing demand from the rapid influx of international students.  

Colliers International’s new Research and Insights 2018/2019 report for PBSA – The Graduation of a Sector – found several key changes for the industry going forward, including: 
  • The challenges of providing affordable accommodation offerings, including considering new locations;
  • The diversification of room types provided within new developments;
  • The transition from development to operational assets and the unique challenges of providing a housing solution for hundreds of students within a single building;
  • Proposed MIT changes and the potential impact on investor appetite; and,
  • New retail and mixed-use offerings within developments to further drive the attraction and retention of students.

Our latest research and insights report with regard to the Australian Purpose Built Student Accommodation sector is available here to download.

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