the Student Residence Market

Update 06/11/2019


1.1 Market definition and presentation

A student residence is a collective housing complex (generally composed of 80 to 120 units) intended to accommodate a student-type population. The law requires that 70% of the population of the building complex must be students.

There are 3 possibilities to find accommodation for a student in France:

  • Family housing;
  • Student residences: private residences, CROUS residences, student hostels, dormitory;
  • The private rental stock: single, with a partner or as a roommate.

The market is driven by the increase in the number of national and international students. At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, there were more than 2.7 million students in France compared to 2.55 million in 2015. This growth is driven by the increase in the number of foreign students in the territory and the extension of higher education, as well as the constant increase in the number of baccalaureate holders (in other words, the number of students who can access higher education).

Private student residences are an attractive investment for private investors. Student residences thus represented a yield of nearly 6.7% in 2016 in France.


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