US Student Accommodation an Alternative Investment – Insight Seminar


Join us on Thursday 19th November 2020 at 2 pm GMT for this discussion


Investment in US student housing is growing as post-Covid investors reposition and others broaden the range of their investments. Student housing has been a mainstream investment for the last decade and a half, only recently that interest in the sector has taken off.


This live seminar will see our experts share insights and discuss the current US situation surrounding this asset class.


  • Macro Trends and post-election impact
  • US student housing sector insights
  • Scion’s industry positioning and Operating Platform
  • Pandemic Impacts on US Student Housing – Performance and Outlook
  • Why Student Housing Now


Across commercial real estate product types, student accommodation can offer risk-adjusted returns given the ability to satisfy demand from both domestic and international students. Learn more and hear the latest market insights.


The Experts


Avi Lewittes; Chief Investment Officer of The Scion Group – Largest US Private Owner/Operator of Student Housing


Avi Lewittes is Chief Investment Officer of The Scion Group LLC, the largest privately-held owner and operator of student housing communities in the United States. He joined Scion in 2012 and is responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s strategy as well as all investment and capital raising activities. Avi has been instrumental in positioning Scion as the leading consolidator of purpose-built student housing communities in the US. Before joining  Scion, he served as Chief Investment Officer of Aviv Reit, a leading US owner of over 300 post-acute and long-term care facilities net leased to a diverse group of operators.

Before 2010, Avi spent 20 years as an investment banker, primarily with JP Morgan and UBS in  New York City, with responsibility for origination and execution of mergers and acquisition transactions in the industrials and real estate sectors. He earned his MBA from Columbia  Business School and his Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University.


David Borsos, VP Capital Markets of National Multifamily Housing Council – Leading Policy and Advocacy Group for the US Residential CRE Industry


Dave Borsos is Vice President, Capital Markets and Student Housing and has primary responsibility for managing and guiding NMHC’s multifamily finance policy as it relates to federal legislative and regulatory issues impacting capital formation for the multifamily industry.  His portfolio includes housing finance reform, regulation of the financial markets and Federal agencies who impact multifamily housing. He is a frequent speaker and a sought after contributor for media coverage on capital markets.  Dave has over 30 years of experience in real estate capital markets, banking and the sustainable energy markets. Before joining the Council, Dave ran DJB Enterprises whose primary focus was advisory services focused on the financial and energy markets for new business opportunities from inception through execution. He also spent 16 years at Freddie Mac in a variety of leadership roles within their Capital Markets groups focused both on the single and multifamily markets. Dave holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MBA in Finance from the University of Maryland.



Duration: 45 minutes

Q & A: 15 minutes





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Another excellent event from the Bespoke Team. The hard work the extended team puts in before the event really paid off as we only met decision-makers with very active portfolios – in comparison to other events where you are more likely to meet professional advisers or middle men. The team were also excellent on the day, coping with the snowy curve ball of the weather, re-arranging everyone’s schedules so that we met with everyone. The RAC venue, strikes the right tone and provided a warm and welcoming atmosphere convivial for more serious discussions. We came away with a very full and promising future diary.

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Keiron Allen, Founder & Managing Partner