Positive Future Prospects

The future prospects for the Netherlands are positive: the number of students is expected to grow by 7.1% over the next 12 years. English language tuition and low fees will continue to attract foreign students and tens of thousands of new beds are needed to accommodate this expected growth in student numbers across the Netherlands by 2025.


The lack of purpose-built student specific housing means the current provision rate runs at less than 20% and although there has been a number of purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) developments since 2011, before this the market was almost entirely dominated by the social housing sector and private landlords.


The Netherlands therefore currently has a significant shortage of PBSA beds, lagging behind countries with more established PBSA provision, such as the UK. Crosslane identified the supply and demand imbalance some time ago and started to identify development opportunities for a property portfolio of student housing across the region, starting with the first development in Amsterdam and with ambitious plans to reach a target of 2,500 beds in the next 5 years.


Crosslane Dutch Developments see opportunity in developing independent student housing with associated general services. We aspire to build a portfolio of 2,500 bedrooms through the development of new buildings and the acquisition and renovation of existing operational student housing assets.

We are seeking the following opportunities:

  • Existing student housing residences with refurbishment potential
  • Development sites
  • Conversion of buildings with alternative uses (for example office buildings and hotels)
  • Scale: 150 to 500 bedrooms

Dutch Map-01

% Growth in Student Population Over Next 12 Years


Crosslane Group Founded in


Full Time Students in Amsterdam


Target Number of Beds in Netherlands by 2020