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The student housing industry grows in Italy

The student housing industry grows in Italy: it’s a real estate investment opportunity

ANCONA's university - Italy

ANCONA’s university – Italy

The student housing industry is mature throughout continental Europe: France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain are the six main markets identified for sustained growth over the next 10 years.

Main trends in the student housing sector in Europe

The real estate sector, which sees the student as a resource, is growing rapidly in Europe. Among the European markets, where the market is ripe and ready for sustained growth, there is also Italy, flanked by other countries of the old continent, such as France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands and Spain.

Housing for university students in European markets outside the UK is a real estate investment that is attracting more and more, especially institutional funds, private equity and established market players who want to diversify their portfolio In new markets.

An interesting fact that drives interest in investment in this real estate sector is tied to the school curriculum entirely in English in countries where English is not the main language: the offer has gone from the 500 courses available 10 Years ago to the 6000 university courses of the current year. For example at the University of Ancona, in the picture above, there are several courses in English.

This means that Italian universities are able to obtain an ever larger share of the international student market, currently dominated by the United States and the United Kingdom.

Another fact to bear in mind in order to understand the interest in the university housing sector, is the rapid increase in the student population that requires quality accommodation. Such strong demand will only encourage more competition, so the number of international students worldwide is expected to reach 7 million worldwide by 2020, up from 4.1 million in 2014, with growing expectations for quality accommodations.


  1. Maureen Mc

    Does this comment refer to Italy solely? “The number of international students is expected to reach 7 million by 2020, up from 4.1 million in 2014.” Thanks for the feedback.

    1. Lex (Post author)

      Sorry, I should have written “the number of international students is expected to reach 7 million worldwide by 2020”. In Italy, by 2020, they should be around 55,000 (For the academic year 2011-2012 this number corresponded to a total of 48,806 units, of which 41,930 for access to university courses at Italian State universities
      and 6,876 for Higher Education in Fine Arts).


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