Core Spaces forms strategic partnership with Goldman Sachs

Core Spaces has formed a partnership with affiliates of the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) to recapitalize and develop a portfolio of nine assets, valued at more than $600 million.

“Our partnership with Goldman Sachs allows us to continue to develop and manage what we feel is the best real estate in the educational sector,” said  Marc Lifshin, Core Spaces’ Founder and CEO.

The portfolio consists of seven operating assets and two buildings under development – totaling over 4,300 beds. Goldman Sachs and Core Spaces view this initial transaction as the first step towards their commitment to building a joint-venture portfolio of best-in-class housing assets across the U.S. This relationship is a continuation of a trend in the institutionalization and maturation of the student-housing industry and another substantial commitment by a leading investor in the sector.

“We continue to see strong fundamentals for student housing investment in select university markets across the United States,” said Peter Weidman, a partner in the real estate principal investment area within the Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division. “We are excited about our partnership with Core Spaces as we look to continue the growth of our student housing platform with a best-in-class partner.”

This transaction follows Core Spaces’ previous experience transacting and / or partnering on developments with some of the largest owners of student housing in the U.S., including American Campus Communities and EdR (now Greystar). Core Spaces will continue its strategy of developing and owning best-in-class real estate in educational markets.