Finance with ACC

Finance your development
with American Campus Communities.

We’re happy to share our low cost of capital with other developers on select student housing projects with a purchase option or pre-sale arrangement. ACC can provide cost-effective mezzanine financing as well as industry-leading development expertise to bring your vision to fruition.

About the American Campus Communities Mezzanine Financing Program.

ACC can help qualified developers close the gap on their projects by providing mezzanine capital at below-market rates with a purchase option or presale arrangement. ACC has a strong balance sheet and investment-grade credit ratings to secure funds for up to 95% of the development cost — with no need for outside equity, debt or approvals.

Most of our mezzanine deals are firm pre-sale transactions — you build it, we lease it up and buy it. This eliminates your stabilization and pre-sale risks, freeing you to focus on your core strengths in development. At the same time, you can optimize your project through the expertise of America’s leading student housing company.

Flexible transaction structures, including:

  • Cash payments
  • New debt
  • Assumption of in-place mortgages
  • Issuance of Operating Partnership Units (for potential tax advantages)

Why finance with American Campus Communities? 

As a publicly traded REIT, ACC has access to attractive cost of capital. Developers can leverage this to reduce overall development cost. Our financing options provide:

  • Cost-effective mezzanine capital, up to 95% of development cost for qualified developers
  • Reduced risk through firm pre-sale transactions
  • Flexible transaction structure
  • Deep expertise and support

We’re here to help. Get in touch with us today to discuss financing with ACC.

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ACC Financing Criteria

We are currently interested in properties that serve universities with enrollments of at least 15,000 students. Our minimum deal size for consideration is $10 million.

In addition, when considering any project or transaction, we look for:

  • Locations either pedestrian or biking distance from the university served
  • Can develop variety of product (town homes, garden-style, mid- and high-rise, mixed use)
  • Can work with developer on established development plans or work with raw land to receive entitlements
  • Ability to rezone property for desired use – land does not need to have zoning in place
  • Will consider joint-venture, presale or purchase option structures

"We enjoyed working with American Campus because the mezzanine structure allowed us to remove our operational risk and focus on our core competencies of development and construction--which American Campus also helped with as our partner." -Justin Wilson, 908 Development Group, Principal & Co-Founder

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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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Develop with ACC

Nobody has developed more student housing than we have. We partner with landowners and other developers in joint-venture student housing projects. The ACC team will work to ensure that what we build is something you can be proud of and will stand the test of time in terms of quality and long-term financial success. 

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Buy from ACC

From time to time we will consider the sale of certain off-campus properties 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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Investor Relations

American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE: ACC) is a fully integrated, self-managed and self-administered equity real estate investment trust (REIT). We are grateful for and dedicated to our shareholders.

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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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Portfolio

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 property statistics.

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