Analysing student housing markets through evaluation of online advertisements

For those who are interested in German market for micro-living and student housing, we have taken a look into our data to figure out some facts which may improve the understanding of the German student housing market.

Total median rents of shared-flat living offers 2016 (only cities with more than 200 offers, source geodata: GeoBasis-DE/BKG 2015 & OSM)

Identifying tense student markets

The university cities show the highest student demand excess, measured by students┬áper online ads [(students – students in residence halls)/online offers)] , especially in student compatible sub-markets (‘one-room-flats’, ‘shared flats’ and ‘temporary living offers’). In T├╝bingen and Darmstadt there are more than 25 students for each student compatible residence offer.

Student demand per (online) supply 2016

Shared flats are an essential sub-market

We found out, that the market segment ‘shared flats’ is essential and valuable in context of analysing student housing markets as well as for micro-living issues.

High market shares of ‘shared flat offers’ indicate student markets, as well as markets with high demand for ‘one-room-flats’ and ‘micro-apartments’. Rates for ‘shared flats’ also indicate accepted market rents, their upper percentiles show a critical willingness to pay and their spatial distribution indicates student hotspots. Despite these aspects the segment is hardly under investigation.

shared flats are essential