University Housing Development

Facility Styles, Occupancy Trends, and Funding Strategies

Topics: Program Market Research, Academic Affairs, Curriculum Development, Academic Planning

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Institutions maintain a variety of housing unit styles to meet student preferences and maintain high occupancy in on-campus facilities. This brief examines university housing facility styles, occupancy trends, and funding strategies at nine profiled institutions.

  • Key observations from our research:

    1. Most profiled institutions receive little to no housing development funding, and fund new housing construction and large-scale renovations with bonds, cash, and private-public partnerships.

    2. Partner with academic units to develop learning-living communities that attract donors.

    3. Provide a variety of housing unit styles to increase freshmen social interactions while retaining upperclassmen on-campus.

    4. Most institutions maintain occupancy percentages over 94 percent within new housing facilities’ first two years.

    5. Administrators maintain minimum percentages, dollar amounts, or dollar amount per square foot to determine donor naming rights for university facilities.