23 December 2021  |  London

DIF Capital Partners reaches financial close on Goldsmiths, UK student accommodation PPP

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”) is pleased to announce that it has closed the acquisition of a 90% stake in the Goldsmiths, University of London, student accommodation PPP. This project was acquired from a fund advised by Arlington Advisors, a UK based investment manager and student housing specialist. The investment will be made by DIF Infrastructure V. The remaining 10% stake is owned by Campus Living Villages, one of the world’s leading on-campus student accommodation owner operators which will continue operating and maintaining the asset.

The project is a volume-based PPP that has been operational in its current form since 2017. It comprises 469 beds across three buildings, communal spaces and an orangery. The project is operated under a 50 year concession signed in 2015. The buildings are all located within ca. 1 mile of the Goldsmiths’ campus in south-east London.

Gijs Voskuyl, Partner and Head of Investments for the DIF V and VI strategy, says: “Further to the recent financial close on LSE student accommodation PPP, DIF is excited to add another student accommodation asset to its portfolio. We look forward to partnering with a high profile higher education institution and working alongside a global leader in on-campus student accommodation”.

DIF was advised by Addleshaw Goddard (legal), AECOM (technical) and JLL (commercial), Grant Thornton (tax & accounting) and EY (financial).

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent investment manager, with more than €9.0 billion in assets under management across nine closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF invests in infrastructure companies and assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas, and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • Traditional DIF funds target equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and (renewable) energy projects.
  • DIF CIF funds target equity investments in small to mid-sized economic infrastructure assets in the telecom, energy transition, and transportation sectors.

DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 170 professionals, based in ten offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, New York, Paris, Santiago, Sydney, and Toronto. For more information please visit www.dif.eu.


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