DREF Student Accommodation Price Index, Cologne Institute for Economic Research – Q3 2016

In recent years, studying in Germany has become increasingly popular for high  school graduates such that the number of students starting a degree programme has outnumbered the number of apprentices. As of the winter term 2015/2016, 2.8 million students were enrolled in study programmes in German universities (Federal Statistical Office of Germany, 2016). In relation to the total population, the share of students makes up 3.4 percent. Compared to the United Kingdom with a share of 0.6 percent, for example, the share in Germany is considerably larger and therefore has wide-ranging impact on the general demand structure in German cities as well as on their housing markets. Against the background of an increasing number of students, their financial restrictions, and a general tightening in the German housing market in the metropolitan areas, the market segment of student housing has attracted the increasing attention of policymakers and investors. For further information please follow link.