Consulting

Student Housing Operators Make the Best Consultants

Campus Advantage’s consulting services are backed by its operational expertise since 2003. Our services create value for colleges, owners, and private investors because of our understanding of all aspects of market trends, as well as development, leasing, and management of student housing communities. We don’t just understand the market, its what we do everyday.

Campus Advantage Consulting has conducted over 200 professional consulting studies.  A majority of our consulting has focused on student housing feasibility studies, market profiles, operational assessments for existing student housing communities, and acquisition due diligence. Campus Advantage has also provided consulting services for developers seeking development and  design assistance, colleges and universities looking for student surveys and support with campus residential planning, market profiles for new entrants, and other industry consulting.

All recommendations are supported by empirical evidence surveyed at the property and in the market, as well as Campus Advantage’s extensive experience in day-to-day operations of student housing communities.

Clients include universities, developers, lenders, and investors. These studies are used to determine the feasibility of a project, gauge how much supply a market can support, or as guidance and support for developing new student housing projects.

Student housing consulting

“George Mason University selected Campus Advantage to assist with our first on-campus housing… They played an instrumental role in planning and operating our new facility, including delivery of a customized Residence Life program for our graduate medical students. Their efforts have resulted in better performing assets as well as happy employees and residents at our site.”

Jana Hurley, Assistant Vice President University Life, George Mason University

Consulting Services

Market Analysis and Project Feasibility Study

Have a site identified for a proposed student housing project?

The Market Analysis and Project Feasibility Study is the most popular service CA Consulting offers. Components of the study include site-specific analysis and recommendations based on the position in the market. Additionally, we perform a demand analysis to measure the depth of the market.

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Due Diligence Services

Are you looking at acquiring a student housing asset?

Campus Advantage Due Diligence will provide a comprehensive analysis for the property you are interested in. This report includes recommendations based on a detailed physical inspection and financial analysis.

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Operational Assessment

Do you own an underperforming student housing project?

Campus Advantage’s Operational Assessment includes a budget review, as well as in-depth reviews of the property’s staffing, residence life program, and marketing. In addition, competitive properties will be surveyed to truly determine how the property is positioned in the market.

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Operational Budget Analysis

Are you concerned that you aren’t budgeting appropriately to maximize your profitability?

The Operational Budget Analysis includes an in-depth review of an existing budget using both specific comparable properties and industry averages. The deliverable report will include reviews of controllable and non-controllable expense line items, revenue details, and suggested adjustment.

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Market Analysis and Project Feasibility Study

Market Analysis and Project Feasibility Study

Have a site identified for a proposed student housing project?

The Market Analysis and Project Feasibility Study is the most popular service CA Consulting offers. Our consultants will travel to the market to assemble data from numerous primary and secondary information sources and assess the on and off campus market. Components of the study include site-specific analysis and recommendations based on the project’s position in the market. Additionally, we perform a demand analysis to measure the depth of the market and determine how much the market can support.

Market Analysis and Project Feasibility Study includes:

  • A full site analysis
  • Comprehensive study of competitive rentals on and off campus
  • University information
    • Enrollment growth patterns
    • Strategic goals
    • Demographic information
  • Demand analysis
  • Recommendations
    • Unit mix, types, and sizes
    • Rental rates
    • Unit amenities
    • Common area amenities
  • Staffing and marketing
  • Operating pro forma
  • Pipeline report of potential new developments coming to the market
Operational Assessment

Operational Assessment

Do you own an underperforming student housing asset?

Campus Advantage’s Operational Assessment includes in-depth reviews of the property’s marketing efforts, leasing processes, staffing, physical condition, residence life program, as well as a full budget review. In addition, competitive properties will be surveyed to determine how the property is positioned in the market and identify opportunities to improve leasing velocity.

Final recommendations are presented in a detailed plan including:

  • Rebranding, remarketing, and reputation management
    • An outline of how to improve marketing efforts, materials, and the leasing process
    • Tactics to increase traffic and leasing velocity
  • Updated rental rates
  • Staff restructuring
  • Capital expenditures
  • Maintenance improvements
  • Residence life programming ideas to increase retention
  • An operating budget geared at achieving occupancy and revenue goals

CAMPUS ADVANTAGE CAN ALSO PROVIDE CLIENTS WITH MARKETING DESIGN SERVICES RELATED SPECIFICALLY TO ASSETS, BRANDING, AND INTERACTIVE THROUGH OUR PARTNER FIRM, CATALYST. THE CATALYST TEAM HAS EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN STUDENT HOUSING AND OFFERS A FULL PACKAGE OF DESIGN AND MARKETING STRATEGY RELATED SERVICES.

Due Diligence Services

Due Diligence Services

Are you looking at acquiring a student housing asset?

Campus Advantage’s Due Diligence study provides a comprehensive analysis of the property you are interested in purchasing. This report includes recommendations based on a detailed physical inspection and financial analysis.

Campus Advantage’s consulting and operations teams will assess the property and perform unit inspections, common area inspections, and a full lease audit of current and new lease files. The report includes estimates for capital expenditures, recommendations for operational improvements, a full market assessment of competing rentals to evaluate the property’s position in the market, and thorough documentation on all of the components listed below:

  • Unit inspection
    • Rating of all furniture, flooring and overall condition of every unit
    • Identification of quality issues to help plan for unit upgrades
  •  Property inspections
  • Common area assessment
  • Lease audit
  • Demographic analysis
    • Documentation of students’ classification, school and place of origin
    • Summary of potential marketing opportunities
  • Service contract review
  • Financial analysis and budget
  • Capital expenditure analysis and recommendations
  • Current staffing and restructuring opportunities
  • Marketing efforts
  • Assessment of on-and off-campus housing options
Operational Budget Analysis

Operational Budget Analysis

Are you concerned that you aren’t budgeting appropriately to maximize your profitability?

The Operational Budget Analysis includes an in-depth review of an existing budget using both specific comparable properties and industry averages. The deliverable report will include reviews of controllable and non-controllable expense line items, revenue details, and suggested adjustments.

“Alexandria Technical & Community College engaged Campus Advantage to consult on the development of our first on-campus housing. Because they operate student housing, they understand every aspect, every detail. Over time, we and our development partners continued to add areas where we asked Campus Advantage for their expertise. We found their advice invaluable to launching Foundation Hall with full occupancy. Our students love it.”

Kim Barse

Founder / Executive Vice President, ORB

Other Consulting Services

Our proven and time-tested operational experience makes Campus Advantage an expert in the industry and ideal for your consulting needs. We can also customize our consulting services to meet your needs.

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Madison Meier, Director of Business Development and Transitions

Madison Meier

Director of Business Development and Transitions

512-579-5419
785-263-6276
mmeier@campusadv.com

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