Nathan S. Collier, chairman and founder of The Collier Companies, says basic student housing could be built more economically, but the marketplace doesn’t want it. In an environment that is fueled by an amenity war, Nathan Collier has a few insights to share. Students want bigger and better and the parents are not vetoing much. Parents want a sense of security while their young adults enjoy the college experience, so Collier is building just that. Instead of acquiring, The Collier Companies is building new luxury student housing. It is a more expensive route, but students and parents like a brand-new facility.
Collier will be speaking more about his views and experiences with student housing June 14, 2016 at the fourth annual Bisnow Annual Student Housing Summit in Philadelphia. It is a must attend event for professionals in the student housing industry. Other Keynote speakers include GMH Capital Partners President Gary Holloway Jr., Preiss Company CEO Donna Preiss, and CUBE 3 Studio Partner Brian O’Connor.
The Collier Companies was founded in 1972 with its headquarters in Gainesville, Florida. While most of The Collier Companies communities are in Florida, they also own communities in Oklahoma and Georgia. They are currently building 656 student units in Tampa, Florida near the University of South Florida’s campus and new graduate student housing in Gainesville. Today, The Collier Companies is the second largest privately owned provider of student housing in the nation with its portfolio comprised of more than 10,800 units amassing near 24,000 beds from all of its communities.