Making the Grade

Strategies for keeping student housing communities competitive.
Lounge at Hub Madison, a student community serving the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Lounge at Hub Madison, a student community serving the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Development, ownership and management of private student housing has long been big business. Today, leading providers vie to deliver residential settings that in some instances rival those of luxury apartment communities, providing collegians with a level of sumptuous living earlier generations could scarcely have imagined.

As developers ratchet the bar steadily higher, the trend toward deluxe accommodations begs the questions: Just how competitive is your student housing? And what does it take in terms of location, amenities, management, sustainability and other factors to go to the head of the class? A report in the September issue of MHN explores these issues in depth.