PBSA Development Services

Student Accommodation Development Consultancy 

Having designed, built and mobilised thousands of beds worldwide, our consultants offer operational development consultancy to developers large and small. We work at any stage of the student housing investment cycle. From pre-planning to design, development, operations and asset management. Contact us for a FREE consultation on how we can help you build a successful student housing development. 


We help developers to build successful student accommodation. 

Our student housing development team are PBSA industry professionals. We work with developers to help them design quality student housing and implement operations strategies that demonstrate success. Our team of experts span acquisitions, development, asset management, operations, sales & marketing, systems and ESG. 

If you're looking to develop a student accommodation property then get in touch for a FREE consultation. 

We work with developers on...

PBSA Feasibility Study

A PBSA feasibility study from Student Housing Consultancy uses multiple current data sources used by the large commercial agencies. We look at various factors when considering how suitable the market is including: 

  • Schedule of Privately-owned PBSA

  • Schedule of University owned student accommodation

  • University application trends

  • International v Domestic student split 

  • Student Accommodation Pipeline 

  • Competitor Pricing Strategy

Our Development Feasibility Studies take the following formats: 

  • Data Only - A spreadsheet of data covering the above points with no commentary. 

  • Feasibility Report - A full report analysing the data with commentary and executive summary. 

  • 1 hour phone call or meeting - Requires half day consultancy and data.

Development Appraisal

Whether you're an experienced PBSA developer or a newcomer to student accommodation, Student Housing Consultancy can help you understand the potential of a development opportunity. Our experienced student accommodation consultants can provide feedback on your plans or help to guide the process from an operations or design perspective. 

We are typically involved pre-planning to help ensure that operational considerations are taken into account without the need to appoint a third party operator in the pre-planning phase. We can then go on to run the tender process for a third party operator and assist with ongoing management.  

Our development appraisals can look at the following areas of a scheme: 

  • Design and room mix

  • Pre-development materials survey - focus on sustainable materials

  • Occupancy underwriting 

  • Operational budgets

  • Structure and staffing 

  • Procurement advisory
  • Third Party operations proposal management

To offer our development appraisal service we require a document pack that includes as much information as possible about the scheme. We are happy to sign Non Disclosure Agreements to enable us to discuss details in full.

We can provide a PBSA development appraisal in the following formats: 

  • Written Appraisal Report

  • 1 hour phone call or meeting (requires half day consultancy time) 
3rd Party Management Tender Process

The relationship a developer has with an operational management partner is vital in how the asset is viewed by potential investors or acquirers. Involving a quality, credible student accommodation management operator can have a significant positive impact but there are many diffferent criteria involved that can make or break your asset's performance. We run the entire tender process from start to finish, culminating in an executive summary document that uses a scoring system to help developers decide which operator they want to manage their schemes. 

We consider the following areas in our tender process:

  • Rental Pricing Strategy
  • Marketing strategy 
  • Estimated operations budget
  • ESG and sustainability credentials
  • Ancillary revenue calculations
  • Location knowledge and experience 
  • Partnerships - University, Agents, Marketplaces. 
  • Staff structure
  • Design and brand synergy
  • Reputation and Reviews 
  • Management Meeting Schedule
ESG & Sustainability Consultants

Through our sister company Good Management Group Ltd, we offer a full ESG advisory service to the student accommodation industry. We offer one-off project management or a retained outsourced ESG department service where effectively Good Management Group becomes your ESG department managing and reporting on all your ESG impact areas. Our services include the following: 

  • Full Property-level Environmental, Social and Governance Assessment
  • ESG Certifications - ISO14001, BREEAM, WELL, Fitwell, LEED, Airrated, WiredScore and more...
  • Retro-fit and development design recommendations
  • Building materials review
  • ESG strategy
  • ESG reports for key stakeholders - investors, students, community
  • ESG data management
  • ESG tech review 
  • Signage and resident messaging 
  • ESG & Sustainability training
  • Community and charity partnerships

Experienced consultancy service for the student housing industry

We work with global student housing developers to help them design and operate their student housing assets.  We work on ad-hoc projects, retainer or outsourced management basis to provide our clients with consistency and expertise when they need it. 



For a FREE consultation get in touch with our team today.