Syllabus Will Build a New 220-Room Student Residence in Sevilla

10 July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner

Syllabus, a subsidiary of Urbania specialising in student residences, will invest fifteen million euros in a new dormitory in Sevilla. The new project will consist of 220 rooms, with a surface area of ​​6,150 square meters. The residence is expected to open to students for the 2021-2022 school year.

Syllabus is looking to manage up to 2,500 beds in in Spain and Portugal’s main university cities, attempting to partially fill the current lack of supply. In parallel, Urbania recently signed a contract for the US group Greystar to manage the Syllabus residences in Spain.

Original Story: Eje Prime

 

Greystar Enters Rental Home Sector with the Purchase of a Building on Gran Vía in Madrid

3 June 2019 – Expansión

Greystar Real Estate Partners has inaugurated its expansion plan into the residential rental market in Spain with the acquisition of the property on Madrid’s Gran Vía, 48, containing 100 residential units, for an undisclosed sum.

The operation represents the real estate investor’s second acquisition in the country after it purchased the Spanish student residence operator Resa in 2017 through a joint venture with the fund AXA Investment Managers and CBRE Global Investment Partners.

Greystar has four new build projects under development across Spain, comprising 1,000 beds in total, in cities such as Madrid, Málaga and Pamplona.

Original story: Expansión 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Stoneweg Finalises the Sale of a Tower Containing 300 Rental Homes for €130M

20 May 2019 – Eje Prime

Stoneweg is joining the rental home development market. The fund is going to build a 300-home tower block on the land that it purchased from Dragados, the subsidiary of ACS, on Paseo de la Dirección in Madrid. The operation will amount to €130 million.

The company is holding advanced negotiations with the manager Ares and the US group Greystar, which specialises in student halls, regarding the development. Ares had been the favourite to acquire the tower but now Greystar is gaining ground.

Ares is on a mission to buy up rental homes. In the last few months, the company has agreed to buy 500 rental homes from Aedas Homes, 121 homes from Metrovacesa and 223 homes from Momentum.

Stoneweg purchased the plots from Dragados with the aim of building two residential blocks containing 600 homes in total. The first block will be handed over as a turnkey operation containing rental homes, whilst the second will contain homes with asking prices of €4,500/m2.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Investment Funds Seek Land for Student Residences in Sevilla, Málaga & Granada

13 May 2019 – ABC de Sevilla

According to CBRE Spain, many investment funds are searching for land in Sevilla, Málaga and Granada on which to build new halls of residence for students. Ideally, they want plots that are located close to the university campuses or in well-connected areas of those cities.

Specialist student residence companies are also in the market for land, such as the company Syllabus by Urbania, which is actively looking for new plots in Sevilla and Granada.

The British firm Amro is already working on two projects, in Granada and Sevilla, and is now searching for land in Málaga, as well as in Salamanca, Alicante, Bilbao and Barcelona.

Similarly, Greystar, which is building a 322-bed hall of residence in Málaga, also wants to expand its footprint in Sevilla and Granada.

Lack of beds for students

In Spain, there are 1.5 million students, of which around 600,000 do not live in their home towns or cities. Nevertheless, there are less than 100,000 beds available for students and they are primarily located in Madrid, Barcelona, Salamanca, Granada, Valencia, Málaga and Sevilla. Moreover, most of the existing supply is obsolete. The need to expand and renew the stock is clear.

Original story: ABC de Sevilla (by María Jesús Pereira)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Greystar Invests €200M in Student Halls in Spain & Diversifies into Rental Housing

9 April 2019 – Eje Prime

Greystar is planning to invest €200 million in halls of residences for students in Spain over the next two or three years, and is also seeking to diversify into the management of rental homes.

In the student hall sector, the US firm wants to invest €200 million in the creation of 2,000 beds by 2022 and expand its presence from Madrid, Barcelona and Málaga, to other student towns.

Meanwhile, in the rental home sector, the US company already operates in ten countries around the world, where it administers more than 500,000 homes. In Spain, it plans to launch this business before the end of 2019.

Greystar specialises in the market for multi-family accommodation and halls of residence for students. The company manages 118,500 student beds around the world, of which 50,000 are in Europe.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Milana Mishchenko)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Syllabus Delegates the Management of its Student Halls to Greystar

4 April 2019 – Idealista

The student hall specialist Syllabus by Urbania has signed an agreement with the US company Greystar to delegate it the administration of its halls of residence, which it operates under its own brand.

The agreement covers the functions of marketing, administration and general property management, amongst others, and Greystar is going to assign a dedicated team to its new client.

Syllabus has a portfolio of projects under development comprising more than 2,500 beds, and following its strategic investment agreement with Invesco Real Estate, it is now also working on a growth plan for up to 10,000 units over the next few years.

Greystar, which was founded in 1993, already manages 50,000 beds in halls of residence around the world for brands such as Chapter and Sailmakers in the UK, OurDomain in the Netherlands, EdR and Rockoff Hall in the USA, and Resa in Spain.

Original story: Idealista 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Greystar to Manage Bilbao’s New 351-Bed Student Hall Atop the Bus Station

31 August 2018 – El Correo

The future Termibus building in Bilbao will mark a before and after in the neighbourhood of Basurto. It will turn the area on its head, in conjunction with the other major urban planning operations being undertaken in the provincial capital. And not only because it will put an end to the problems that the buses have caused the neighbourhood for decades (…). But also because its placement underground will enable the construction of a 9,000 m2 square and a sophisticated 11-storey building, containing a hotel, a hall of residence for students and a shopping centre.

And it is getting increasingly closer because the terminus project, which must be finished within less than a year, is progressing at full speed. (…). After digging the hole, now it is time to build the four below-ground floors, one by one. The two lower floors will house a rotating parking lot with 528 spaces and the upper two floors will contain the aforementioned intermodal station. At the same time, the names of the tenants that are going to manage the property’s services are starting to be announced.

The first to be made public is Greystar. The global leader in the management of student residences and rental properties in Spain has just acquired the educational accommodation complex from the business group Amenabar, chosen by the Town Hall of Bilbao to build the project as a whole. And it has done so after fighting off competition from top-level international firms such as Global Student Accommodation (GSA), Corestate, AMIRA and The Students Hotel (TSH).

The Basque property developer and construction firm will take care of everything. According to sources at the company, “we are going to construct the building, in an L-shape, and we will allocate the right-hand wing to a student residence”. Having completed it in its entirety “down to the last detail in terms of decoration”, it will hand over the facilities with all of the licences so that the manager (through Resa, its subsidiary in Spain) may open its doors in August 2020.

Shopping centre on the lower floors

The agreement reached seeks to make the most of the available space on the eleven floors of the establishment to provide 306 rooms. Most will be individual rooms, although there will also be some doubles, so that the total number of beds will be 351. “All of them will have a bathroom and an equipped kitchen, and 10 will be adapted for users with reduced mobility”, say the sources (…).

The retail space, which will span two floors and will occupy 7,500 m2 in a privileged area of the city, next to the new Garellano skyscraper, has also been put on the market. Amenabar is already receiving offers from a variety of interested parties, from supermarkets to gyms, to shops selling sportswear, textiles, household items, technology, lottery and hospitality “because a large cafeteria is planned to overlook the square”. The business group is interested in enhancing the diversification of the shops “because this area is going to be strategic in nature with more than 10 million people passing through it each year, including Termibus travellers and metro users, who will have a direct connection to the intermodal station”.

The hotel is the other pillar that will complete the comprehensive offering of the Termibus project. The left-hand wing of the building will be dedicated in its entirety to that activity. And, although the deadline for the tender that the Amenabar group has opened to chose the best candidate does not close until the end of October, the avalanche of proposals received is exceeding all forecasts. Sources at the company acknowledge that its privileged location, in the centre of Bilbao, right next to the San Mamés football stadium and with “unbeatable” transport connections, has sparked interest amongst operators from all over Spain and, above all, those that have great international appeal (…).

Original story: El Correo (by José Domínguez)

Translation: Carmel Drake

From Greystar to GSA, a Who’s Who of Investors in Spain’s Market for Student Residences

27 August 2018

With returns of 5.5%, the student housing market has become the new El Dorado of the real estate market. A long list of foreign funds are beginning to invest in this sector in Spain, and the supply of accommodations is expected to rise by almost 10% up to 2019.

Anglo-Saxon funds and operators dominate the wave of foreign capital that is taking on the market for student residences, one that offers returns of 5.5% in Spain. Just in 2017, investments grew from 50 million to 600 million euros.

The supply of assets in this alternative market has increased by 3.5% since 2015, boasting 93,563 beds in the market at the close of last year. Forecasts expect the sector to grow by another 1.5% this year and up to 7.7% at the end of 2019, according to data from the consultancy JLL. Which are the funds that dominate the sector? And who set to join this latest rush for gold?

The high point of the new wave of international investment in Spain’s resis (student residences) was reached at the end of 2017. Until December, Resa was considered the king of the residential market for university students in the country. It was owned by for years by the firm Lazora (Azora) until the arrival of the joint venture formed by AXA Real Assets and CBRE Global Investment Partners funds, which made an offer for roughly 500 million euros. Subsequently, the company’s 37 assets, distributed among 33 buildings and four undeveloped plots of land, were taken over by the specialised operator Greystar, partner of AXA Real Assets and CBRE GI.

Greystar’s place at the top of the list remains firm, but a long list of other players are vying to take the top spot. The British operators GSA and Collegiate, and the Luxembourg fund manager Corestate all have ambitious plans for growth in Spain.

GSA will invest 300 million euros in new acquisitions in the Spanish market, as reported by EjePrime. The international student-accommodation giant expects to be managing 10,000 beds in Spain within five years’ time. For now, the company has two projects underway in Barcelona, ​​in a total investment of thirty million euros, and is already working on plans to enter the market in Madrid, as well as exploring other cities such as Salamanca along with regional capitals in the south and north of the country.

For its part, Collegiate allied itself with the Spanish group Early Capital at the beginning of the year to enter Barcelona. The operator will manage the student residences at the Finestrelles complex, in Esplugues de Llobregat, acquired by Early last autumn, its third asset after the ones it already owns in Madrid and Valencia. Now, the company is looking for opportunities in Bilbao, Malaga and Granada.

Corestate also flew in from Luxembourg. Like the more than 473,000 university students who arrive every year in the country, searching for accommodation, the fund is looking to enrol in the sector. After beginning work on its first two projects, in Madrid (inauguration in September) and Seville, it is now finalising the purchase of a plot of land on which it is to develop another 400 beds. The manager’s goal is to become one of the top three players in the sector by 2020, with more than a thousand beds spread across the country. The company is already analysing the acquisition of another half a dozen plots of land to attain the goal it set for itself.

The Student Hotel is another of the major European players that have begun to take a close look at Spain. The Dutch operator has announced plans to invest 240 million euros in Spain and has already acquired two assets in Barcelona and will debut its first project in Madrid in 2019.

The Spanish ‘resi’ listed on the MAB

Although much of the capital that is being allocated to the student residence market in Spain comes from abroad, the local players are also looking for their piece of the pie. The Lofttown and Syllabus, a specialised vehicle created by Urbania International, are two clear examples of emerging, local interest in the sector.

Lofttown started its journey in the picturesque neighbourhood of Gràcia in Barcelona. Presided over by Santiago de Cruilles, the company already has two more projects in the Catalan capital in which it invested 24 million euros, EjePrime reported. The company is also analysing a possible debut in other cities around the country, such as Madrid, Girona and Valencia.

For its part, Syllabus is already currently one of the most active investors in the student residence market. Created last April by Urbania, the vehicle expects to invest up to 200 million euros in the development of new student residences in Spain. The company hired the former CEO of Hill International, Jeffrey Sújar, and has already made its first acquisitions, in Valencia and Malaga.

In addition, the university market in Spain is undergoing such a boom that a company that focuses on the market is also listed on the local stock exchange. Student Properties debuted on the Mercado Alternativo Bursátil (MAB) last December. Currently, the company owns a single asset, located in the district of Salamanca in Madrid.

Other possible arrivals

During this year and, above all, the one that is coming, new players are expected to enter the market for university residences. On such arrival is the American giant CA Ventures, which has Spain squarely in its sights within a 500-million-euro European investment plan.

Other institutional investors that are interested in the market include the Belgian group Life, the American investment fund Round Hill and the British operator Amro. The latter is looking for a partner in the national market to invest up to €300 million to create a portfolio of 5,000 beds in southern Europe.

Original Story: EjePrime – Jabier Izquierdo

Translation: Richard Turner

 

Corestate Finalises More Land Purchases in Spain

25 June 2018 – Eje Prime

Corestate wants its share of the student resident cake in Spain. The Luxembourg-based fund manager is finalising the purchase of new plots of land in the country, at the same time as it is starting to search for new opportunities in Portugal, according to explanations provided by the company’s most senior executive in Spain, Christopher Hütwohl. Corestate’s objective is to be ranked as one of the Top 3 operators in the sector by 2020.

The group is whereby seeking to fight off competition from companies such as Greystar, currently number one in the sector by number of beds following its acquisition together with Axa Real Assets and CBRE Global Investment Partners of Resa’s portfolio (formed by 37 assets) for €500 million. Another prominent operator is GSA, which acquired RIO’s portfolio for €180 million.

Corestate, which managed assets worth €22 billion at the end of the first quarter, is now launching new land acquisitions to build halls of residence for students, which will be added to the 206 beds that it is going to open in the Madrilenian district of Moncloa in September and the more than 300 that it will incorporate in Sevilla following the purchase of a plot of land in May.

According to Hütwohl, the company is currently finalising the acquisition of another plot on which it will build 400 beds and is “analysing four more plots” for 700 beds. Thus, Corestate’s plans include closing 2018 with more than 200 beds in Madrid and reaching 1,000 beds by 2020, which, according to Hütwohl “would place us as one off the Top three players in Spain”.

In parallel, the company has started to analyse its entry into Portugal with its business model. According to the head of Corestate, the fund is looking for opportunities in cities such as Lisbon, Porto and Aveiro.

The company is looking for plots on which to build with sizes that depend on the sizes of the halls of residence that they want to build, provided they are located in university cities. Nevertheless, Hütwohl warns that the “minimum size to achieve efficient management is 200 beds”.

“The student residence sector is becoming increasingly more competitive in Spain and we do not want to miss out on the opportunity and the advantage that our international knowledge affords us”, says the group’s executive in Spain (…).

Original story: Eje Prime (by P. Riaño)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Allianz Invests €400M in Student Halls of Residence in UK

22 June 2018 – Eje Prime

Allianz is joining the wave of student halls of residence. Allianz Real Estate, the real estate arm of the insurance group, is preparing to invest €400 million in the sector in the United Kingdom. The company has created a joint venture with Greystar Real Estate Partners and the Public Pension Investment Board (PSP Investment) to promote Chapter, a brand of halls of residences for students in London.

Chapter is owned by Greystar, a US group specialising in this type of accommodation. Allianz has acquired a stake in Chapter’s share capital, together with PSP Investment, one of the largest pension fund managers in Canada. The insurance company is going to disburse GBP 350 million (€399 million) for the operation.

With this alliance, Chapter will double its size to 10,000 beds in five years. Greystar will continue to manage its portfolio, which currently contains 5,100 beds in ten locations in the centre of London. The next one to be added to the portfolio, in September, will be located in White City, West London.

“This joint venture with Greystar and PSP Investments demonstrates our strategic commitment to scale our global business with high-quality halls of residence for students in established markets”, explained Olivier Téran, Director of Investment at Allianz Real Estate. In the operation, which is pending approval, Allianz has been advised by Savills and Herbert Smith Freehills.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake