Scion and PGIM Real Estate Acquire Two Student Housing Communities

The Scion Group and PGIM Real Estate, the real estate investment and financing arm of Prudential Financial’s global asset management business, announced today that their recently formed joint venture has completed the acquisition of two Class A student housing communities totaling 1,244 bedrooms. Both properties were delivered in Fall 2020: “Verve” serving students at the main campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.; and “Aero on 24th” serving the University of Florida campus market in Gainesville, Fla.

Scion and PGIM Real Estate indicated plans to expand their partnership in the U.S. student housing sector. “We are very excited about our new venture with PGIM Real Estate and the opportunity to partner with another world-class institutional investor,” said Robert Bronstein, president of Scion.

This transaction is strategic for Scion, enabling the company to expand its existing presence in the University of Florida market while also adding Rutgers to its portfolio. “The addition of these newly developed, well-situated properties in highly sought-after university markets expands our reach to a leading northeast US campus market at Rutgers, and marks our fourth investment at the University of Florida, further augmenting Scion’s leading industry footprint,” said Avi Lewittes, Scion’s chief investment officer.

“This transaction presented us with a compelling opportunity to launch a new strategic partnership with a best-in-class operator in the dynamic student housing sector through the acquisition of two well-located properties at top-tier universities,” said Darin Bright, managing director and senior portfolio manager for PGIM Real Estate’s U.S. core-plus investment strategy. “The breadth, depth and experience of the Scion platform – as well as the firm’s robust data and analytics capabilities – are a perfect match for PGIM Real Estate as we continue to grow our extensive joint venture investment program and identify opportunities to capitalize on strong fundamentals within the alternative property sectors.”