Sarah Wong, then a University of Hong Kong student from Macau, works on her computer in a flat in Sai Ying Pun in October 2017. Wong moved into the apartment with a classmate after she was denied accommodation in the university dorm in the second year of her studies. Photo: David Wong Sarah Wong, then a University of Hong Kong student from Macau, works on her computer in a flat in Sai Ying Pun in October 2017. Wong moved into the apartment with a classmate after she was denied accommodation in the university dorm in the second year of her studies. Photo: David Wong
Sarah Wong, then a University of Hong Kong student from Macau, works on her computer in a flat in Sai Ying Pun in October 2017. Wong moved into the apartment with a classmate after she was denied accommodation in the university dorm in the second year of her studies. Photo: David Wong
Nicholas Wilson
Opinion

Opinion

Eye on Asia by Nicholas Wilson

Why real estate investors are homing in on student housing in the Asia-Pacific as a way to diversify their portfolios

  • Growth in university enrolments in the region, including a rise in international students, has increased demand for housing that caters to young people’s needs
  • Purpose-built student accommodation is a high-yield, low-volatility asset class

Sarah Wong, then a University of Hong Kong student from Macau, works on her computer in a flat in Sai Ying Pun in October 2017. Wong moved into the apartment with a classmate after she was denied accommodation in the university dorm in the second year of her studies. Photo: David Wong Sarah Wong, then a University of Hong Kong student from Macau, works on her computer in a flat in Sai Ying Pun in October 2017. Wong moved into the apartment with a classmate after she was denied accommodation in the university dorm in the second year of her studies. Photo: David Wong
Sarah Wong, then a University of Hong Kong student from Macau, works on her computer in a flat in Sai Ying Pun in October 2017. Wong moved into the apartment with a classmate after she was denied accommodation in the university dorm in the second year of her studies. Photo: David Wong
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Nicholas Wilson

Nicholas Wilson

Nicholas Wilson is director of capital market research, corporate finance and debt advisory, Asia Pacific capital markets, at JLL.