Catella invests €55m in European student housing

Catella invests €55m in European student housing

Catella Residential Investment Management (CRIM) has significantly expanded the portfolio of the Catella European Student Housing Fund II (CESHF II) with three acquisitions of student residences in Austria, France and Spain totalling €55m. Following the transactions, the Fund has an investment volume of approximately €100m in four European countries just five months after the Fund’s launch in September 2019. CESHF II is the successor of Catella’s first European Student Housing Fund which has generated a net internal rate of return (IRR) of more than 7% a year since its launch in 2013.


In Austria, CESHF II has bought an eight-storey building comprising a rentable area of 5,622m² in Linz, an important university location and the state capital of Upper Austria, from a local entrepreneur. Dating from 2015, the property comprises a total of 224 rooms or 129 apartments spread over eight full floors excluding the basement.


In France, the Fund has acquired a property with a rentable area of 4,757m² in Evry, about 25 km southeast of Paris, for around €20m. The vendor is  IMODEV. The building comprises a total of 242 student apartments, largely one-person studios, spread over the upper eight to 10 floors. The complex represents the future generation of student housing concepts with several common rooms, a cafeteria, cardio workout rooms, co-working spaces and a reception with a lounge. In addition, the property boasts a 143m² terrace, a 500m² community garden, an inner courtyard and 87 parking spaces.


In Seville, the Fund has acquired a property with 196 student apartments for 211 beds comprising a total gross floor area of 5,132m² above ground, divided over five floors, for around €15m from a well-known local project developer. The majority – or 181 - of the apartments are individual rooms and the complex offer also a 60m² fully-equipped roof terrace, an exterior common swimming pool and 32 parking spaces located in the underground garage.


Alexander Bruning, Fund Manager at CRIM, said: “Student housing has increasingly developed into an established asset class in the last 10 years and our first pan-European student housing fund has enabled us to deliver strong annual returns for our investors. Education is becoming an economic factor worldwide, and the number of students, both nationally and internationally, continues to rise significantly. Across Europe, roughly only 10% of students have access to a dedicated student apartment. Affordable dorms in good locations, therefore, offer investors stable, largely anti-cyclical returns.”

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