Overview

We have transformed student accommodation from a low-value utility into an institutional-grade real estate asset class.

GSA Investment Management is our team of experts who manage capital into the student accommodation sector and deliver strong returns for our investors.

The team behind GSA has invested more than US$3bn on behalf of major global investors since we made our first investment in purpose-built student accommodation in 1991.

Opportunity

Purpose-built student accommodation is a non-cyclical real estate sector underpinned by long-term structural growth.

Rising wealth and the globalisation of education has seen a rapid increase in the number of university students worldwide.

Increasing mobility and technological advances mean students want and expect more from their accommodation, whether they are studying in Sydney, Tokyo, London or Munich.

Combined with shortages in the private rental sector and favourable government policies towards higher education, demand for student accommodation looks set to grow, particularly in the worlds top university cities.

Our deep understanding of student accommodation gives us a solid foundation to expertly manage capital in the sector.

We have a detailed understanding of the strongest real estate and university markets globally. This means we can identify and capitalise on the latest sector trends. We review university growth rates, student drop-out rates and student profiles from first year through to postgraduate.

And we can successfully underwrite opportunities by understanding the most granular aspects of our sector, to make sure we deliver optimum risk-adjusted returns to investors.

Over the past 25 years our approach has seen us transform student accommodation into an institutional asset grade real estate class.

Our management team has created over $8bn of student accommodation in 44 cities across eight countries.

We have worked with global investment banks such as Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan Chase and UBS.

We have worked with public shareholders, private investors, pension funds, insurers, sovereign wealth funds and the CMBS markets.

We also work closely with wealth managers, investment platforms and family offices who invest in our Luxembourg regulated Global Student Accommodation Fund – GSA Coral.

Timeline

Over the past 25 years our approach has seen us transform student accommodation into an institutional asset grade real estate class. Our management team has created over $8bn of student accommodation in 44 cities across 8 countries.

We have worked with global investment banks such as Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan Chase and UBS. We have worked with public shareholders, private investors, pension funds, insurers, sovereign wealth funds and the CMBS markets.

Please download GSA’s first 25 years timeline here.

  • Nick Porter acquires 100% of Coral Portfolio Manager – rebranded GSA Coral.
    GSA acquires Head Quarter portfolio in Germany for £107 million.
    GSA opens management of Schwarzman College to elite academics in Beijing.
    GSA acquires The Student Housing UK portfolio £386 million.
  • Relationships and partnerships with institutional investors including SWFs has raised over US$3 billion.
    GSA acquires UCT portfolio in UK for £114 million.
  • Urbanest portfolio in London at 3,100 beds.
    Urbanest 3rd largest PBSA provider in Australia with 4,750 beds.
    GSA global presence in Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, Tokyo.
    CVG acquires 50% of Coral Portfolio Manager.
  • GSA Group established. London student accommodation development at £100 million.
  • Global tertiary enrolments rising from 98 million to 165 million
  • Nick Porter steps down as deputy chairman of Unite.
    Urbanest London founded.
    US$360 million of equity capital raised with M3 Capital Partners to establish 3,000+ bed London pipeline. Urbanest secures 4 London properties.
    Coral Student Portfolio launched as Luxembourg SICAV-SIF.
  • Urbanest brand created in Australia - focused on ground-up development.
    Coral Portfolio founded
  • Formation of CVG and GSA.
    Formation of Unite UK Student Accommodation Fund (USAF)- Europe’s largest unlisted student accommodation fund.
    UNITE’s 15th Anniversary, portfolio is valued at £1.6 billion.
  • 28 cities managed; 100 properties in total with 26,310 beds.
  • Active in 30 prime locations across UK.
    Raised £273.5 million from issue of bonds; AAA rating by S&P. First time asset class had been securitized.
  • Expansion into Manchester, Liverpool, Portsmouth.
    Unite IPO on London SE-FTSE 250 Company.
    Market Cap of £230.6 million. 10,450 beds.
  • Unite lists on the London-AIM.
    Market Cap of £63.3 million.
    4,640 beds.
  • First properties open in London.
  • Unite sets up a manufacturing facility to reduce onsite construction cost and risk.
  • First Unite property opens in Bristol, UK. 760 beds.
  • Inception of Unite.
    Renovated redundant inner city offices into city center student accommodation.
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