Student Housing

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Danter Student Housing Services

There are primarily three different types of services for those interested in student rental housing development potential.

  • Our basic service is a preliminary student housing demand assessment, which includes an overview of existing and proposed apartments using our in-house data base, as well as internet research and telephone interviews conducted internally. Our preliminary demand assessment also includes a narrative of enrollment trends and on-campus student housing alternatives to determine if the data justifies proceeding with a full market feasibility study.
  • Our site-specific market feasibility studies identify the market support potential to develop a proposed student rental housing project. Each market study includes a complete 100% data base field survey of existing and proposed area apartments at all rental levels, determination of appropriate unit mix, rent, unit size, and level of amenities, and expected absorption rate for the proposed development. Our studies also provide a detailed competitive analysis, step-up/step-down support analysis, rent gap analysis, comparable market rent analysis, overview of the shadow rental housing market, enrollment trends and student demographics, and on-campus rental housing alternatives.
  • We also offer student internet surveys to support our site-specific studies, using our “E-input” interactive survey system. These surveys enable us to fully understand the housing perceptions, amenity preferences, shared housing preferences, and economic expectations of students.

Danter Student Housing Experience

Over the past 20 years, Danter and Associates has conducted more than 750 student housing studies in 40 states, as well as in Canada. These feasibility studies involved sites that were both on-campus and off-campus and were completed for national developers, large and small colleges and universities, as well as alumni organizations.

In addition to our feasibility studies, we have completed numerous proprietary studies and surveys that have added to our understanding of the student market, including the following:

  • A special survey of over 300 properties (80,000 beds) comparing the parking ratio versus the distance to campus.
  • An analysis of over 2,000 student housing properties (625,000 beds) comparing rent versus distance to campus.
  • Internet surveys of over 10,000 students focusing on the relative value of private bathrooms, unit preferences by number of bedrooms and their relative value, and a rent/value analysis for unit/project amenities.
  • A database of 575 colleges and universities focusing on factors supportive of off-campus student housing such as out-of-state enrollment, percentage of female students and enrollment/dorm ratios.
  • A database of schools with enrollment of fewer than 2,500 comparing the enrollment growth of schools with on-campus student housing versus schools without housing.