Kajima Student Housing and Griffin Capital Partners have completed the development of a 795-bed Student Depot dormitory in Kraków, its largest residential scheme in Poland since the partnership entered the Polish market in 2019. The construction of the 11-storey, 25,000 sqm building took 17 months, making it one of the fastest large-scale residential developments with fit-out completed in Poland.
The building has been fully let upon completion, demonstrating the depth of demand for quality private dormitories in Poland, with around half of the tenants coming from the domestic market and a half from abroad, particularly Spain.
The project on Al. Pokoju, 1.5km from the historic centre of Kraków, provides a class-leading studio and shared rooms plus collegiate and quiet co-working spaces, common kitchens, a gym, an entertainment space, a games area and a movie zone. The building also benefits from a 120 sqm west-facing terrace overlooking the historic centre of the city.
Each room is equipped with smart energy-saving software with electricity in the building sourced from a 100 percent renewable energy provider.
The main contractor of the scheme was Erbud. The property was developed by one of the largest property developers in Poland, Echo Investment.
Kajima is an active and long-standing investor in the Polish living space. In 2019, in partnership with Griffin Capital Partners, Kajima Student Housing acquired Student Depot, Poland’s largest student accommodation provider. Since then, Kajima has rapidly expanded the Student Depot platform into the largest purpose-built student accommodation provider in Poland. Currently, the platform operates 3,200 student beds across the key university cities of Warsaw, Kraków, Poznań, Lublin, Wrocław, Łódź and Gdańsk, and has another 2,000 under construction or secured.
Stephen Young, Senior Investment Manager at Kajima Student Housing, said: “We are proud to have completed our largest residential scheme in Poland in the premier city of Krakow. The demand for this high-quality offering has been excellent, underpinning our view that the occupational fundamentals for PBSA in Poland are strong.”
Marek Obuchowicz, Partner at Griffin Capital Partners, responsible for developing the Student Depot platform comments: “Interest in private student accommodation in Poland is growing. This is driven not only by the real estate market situation but also by the benefits that come with this type of housing. Young people are offered not only modern rooms but also attractive common spaces. For their parents, the facilities’ security and the fees’ constancy remain equally important. We also see that the growing number of international students in Poland positively impacts the market. I firmly believe that the PBSA market in Poland will continue to thrive, and Student Depot will play a leading role in this process.”
Jolanta Bubel, CEO of StudentDepot, said: “This has been a trendy scheme with students making reservations while we were finishing the building, and the fact that it was fully let out before the start of the academic year demonstrates how important it is for Poland to have top-notch student housing. We believe that comfortable accommodation combined with well-equipped co-working and co-living spaces is an essential component that affects student performance, and we will continue to offer first-class student dormitories across Poland.”
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