Student Housing

Student Housing

When it comes to student housing financing, Walker & Dunlop is at the head of the class

Unrivaled expertise on the student housing market

In a financing environment that changes by the month, Walker & Dunlop’s student housing group helps you stay up to speed on the latest and best options for student housing. What are today’s students looking for? Where are they enrolling? What are the housing supply and demand dynamics? Where is the capital flowing from? Our team is apprised on all of the commercial real estate trends and potential headwinds to keep our clients ahead of the game, and connected to the most advantageous core, core-plus, and value-add opportunities.

Our dedicated team of student housing financing experts help clients navigate the nuances of this asset class, such as:

  • The rise of micro units with maximum amenities
  • The demand for community living spaces, optimized with state-of-the-art WiFi and a full calendar of activities
  • Increasing student interest in water conservation, energy savings, and efficient appliances
  • The urgent need for—and emerging programs in—affordable student housing

We’re more than a funding source. We’re a knowledgeable advisor in this highly specialized space: visiting campuses, speaking at industry conferences, and tirelessly traveling from coast to coast.

Access to the most advantageous student housing lending options

Thanks to the vast influx of capital into the student housing sector, student housing developers have a wide array of financing sources to choose from: agency programs, private equity, public-private partnerships, bank lending, and beyond. Our experts can also seamlessly navigate the green financing programs offered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, or coordinate a bridge loan that can easily transfer to permanent financing. Walker & Dunlop is your conduit to all forms of financing, having closed over $8.9B in student housing loans since 2011.

We stay on top of the latest commercial real estate financing trends

What does this mean for our clients? For mixed-use, cottage, urban infill, and more, consider us your one-stop capital resource, delivering better terms, faster approvals, and smoother, more confident execution. We work with federal agencies, leading banks, life insurance companies, and equity investors for years—the time it takes to understand financing structures and program requirements and gain our partners’ trust.

A full-service student housing platform

Our robust student housing investment sales capabilities, paired with our financing expertise, means we are a one-stop-shop, and can offer you access to a stronger, full-service platform and meet all of your commercial real estate needs. Whether you are looking for advice about an existing property, a partner during the student housing property sales process, or a team of experts to handle the financing, we’ve got it covered.

View our available properties or learn more about our investment sales team.


Send us a message or contact an expert near you. We look forward to working with you to fulfill your property needs.

Walker & Dunlop Headquarters
7272 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1300, Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Phone 301.215.5500

[email protected]

Walker & Dunlop is a critical partner in helping us meet our financing needs. We can always rely on their team’s comprehensive financing approach to get the job done and allow us to continue focusing on our strategic growth goals.

Wes Rogers


Unrivaled expertise on the student housing market

Deep capital connections, proven deal experience, and on-the-ground campus intelligence put Walker & Dunlop at the head of the class for student housing.

  • #


    Student Housing Lender for Fannie Mae

    in 2022

  • $


    Loans Closed

    since 2013

  • 15

    Industry Experience

    (average years)

Sol at West Village

Student Housing, Acquisition Finance

  • 292.7 million

    Fannie Mae Loan
  • 2289

  • 5000

    Square-foot Study Hall

As a Fannie Mae Delegated Underwriting and Servicing (DUS®) Lender since 1988…

Walker & Dunlop Investment Sales (WDIS) represents the nation’s premier owners and developers…