Develop with ACC

Developing your community
with American Campus.

We're always interested in development opportunities pedestrian to university areas. As the most active student housing developer in the U.S., ACC has plenty of resources and the expertise to execute on transactions. 

Why develop with American Campus Communities? 

To date, ACC has developed more than $8.7 billion in student housing for ourselves or third-party clients. By choosing to develop with ACC, you’ll be getting our years of experience and much more:

  • Proven expertise and experience
    • All areas of development — ground-up, rehab, and repositioning 
    • Experience developing all types of construction (townhomes, garden-style, mid- and high-rise, mixed use)
    • Ability to successfully navigate complex zoning and entitlement processes, as well as community outreach
    • Invested owner that will develop communities for the long term that you can be proud of
  • Financial strength, flexibility and certainty of closing
    • We are our own equity source — no need for outside approvals or third-party providers 
    • All-cash or debt assumption deals 
    • Ability to close quickly and flexibility with landowners to achieve their goals
    • Can include Operating Partnership Units for potential tax advantages 
  • Successful 15+ year history in joint ventures, can offer up to 95% of the equity

Need more information on developing student housing with ACC? We’re here to help.

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ACC Investment Criteria

We are interested in communities that serve universities with enrollments of at least 15,000 students. We have no minimum site size. 

In addition, when considering any project or transaction, 

  • Desire locations pedestrian or biking distance to campus
  • Can develop townhomes, garden-style, mid- and high-rise, mixed use
  • Can redevelop existing property or work with raw land
  • Ability to rezone property for desired use – land does not need to have zoning in place

"We wanted a group that was committed to developing a project here in my hometown that would be something that we would all be proud of." -Miles Hill, Charter Development Co., Inc., President 



Sell to ACC

Nobody has acquired more student housing than we have, and we work with property and landowners of all sizes – from individuals to large portfolio investors. Our goal is always to work together to ensure a swift, easy and fair transaction, while meeting the needs of property and land sellers for a win-win situation.

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Finance with ACC

We provide mezzanine financing at competitive, below-market rates to help qualified developers successfully complete their student housing projects. We can also offer presales in conjunction with financing, so ACC is the ultimate buyer of the development – taking the largest risk of a development out of the equation and allowing you to leverage our low cost of capital and operating experience.

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Buy from ACC

From time to time we will consider the sale of certain off-campus communities through our broker partners. ACC has been involved in more student housing transactions than anyone, and our team has what it takes to ensure a simple, efficient transaction and smooth transition for buyers. 

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About Us

ACC is the nation’s largest developer, owner, and manager of high-quality student-housing communities.

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Management Services

Drawing upon our roots in student housing management, we’re happy to assist with everything from initial setup and pre-leasing to complete turnkey management. 

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At ACC, we’re proud of the wide range of projects and partnerships we’ve developed across the U.S. Visit our Portfolio to view imagery, project details, partners and community statistics.

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