Buiding The Future

Building The Future

Our Solutions

Infinite Property Works' Approach enables the company to develop student housing which creates stable income yields and long term capital growth - thus creating an ideal asset class for long term-investors who are looking to build long term wealth through property investment. In addition to the long term wealth building, our investments also perpetuate massive socio-economic returns highlighted above with the focus on investing in the future of South Africa who are the youth and students

Given the rent increases that have occurred in recent years, the low supply of stock and the level of student households in the private rented sector and the projected increase in student numbers over the coming years, it can be argued that an increased provision of designated student accommodation, both on and off campus, has the potential, in the medium to long term, to ease ongoing demand pressures in the private rented accommodation sector.

Student accommodation has always been fairly agnostic when it comes to macro-economics. Apart from an estimate that universities can only provide 10% of their enrolled students accommodation, this does not even take into account the largely ignored student population at other tertiary institutions in the country like TVET colleges
The property relations of South African cities, established during the colonial and apartheid periods, today affect the political economy of higher education generally and the living experiences of students in particular.
Universities, old and new, are not immune from the economic challenges facing the nation and how these affect daily life. Increased access to higher education post-1994 created an infrastructure crisis not only at the former white minority institutions. There is a demand for student accommodation at all institutions. With limited on-campus housing accommodation, the growth in off-campus student accommodation is huge. The department of higher education reveals that the majority of students reside in off-campus residences, which are spread across the cities.

The historical property relations of the cities affect the structure of each institution's education system. The property relations of the city determine where a particular student will live and the quality of life that student will have. The city's property relations determine the fees structure of the university and they affect its budgetary framework, its key priorities and the overall political economy of the institution.
It is now well documented that the last decade has seen an explosion in student enrolment in our residential university system, with enrolment reaching 535 433 in 2010 (538 210 in 2011) and expected to grow at a rate of about 2%. Strikingly, the number of beds available at residential universities in 2010 totalled 107 598, or 20% of total enrolment.
Research suggests that, internationally, about 50% of students live at home or with relatives; however, given the high levels of poverty in Africa and the unsuitability of the home environment for academic endeavour for the majority of students, suitable student accommodation needs to be provided for up to 100% of students in some contexts. The ideal bed capacity target recommended by the Committee ranges from 50% to 80%.

In the case of South Africa, a large proportion of this enrolment growth is accounted for by young, black, low income, first generation university entrants, especially female entrants. Given the significant economic and social distributional value of university education, this is an extremely positive development for South Africa.

Our university as we are well aware systems that exists today emerged from an eclectic set of elite and historically disadvantaged institutions inherited from our apartheid past.
According to the Ministerial Committee Report of 2011, have found that as a result of the exceedingly high demand for student housing, oncampus accommodation has been under pressure, often resulting in informal and unmanaged over-accommodation including 'squatting' and significant overuse and decay of existing infrastructure and utility services.

The provision of accessible, decent, safe and academically conducive student accommodation in South African Universities is of great importance to the economic, environmental and social imperative and the success of our students, especially those from a rural and poor background.
However, given the capital intensive nature of buildings and infrastructure, it is a fiscal impossibility for any government to solve this problem on its own and therefore the private capital market needs to be leveraged.Fortunately, the inherent qualities of strategically-located student accommodation proves itself to be an excellent asset class for long-term to both private and institutional investors.
Infinite Property Works is demonstrating how strategic investment in South Africa's Universities can deliver the kind of student accommodation we need, while offering investors stable, and above market property returns.

Our Portfolio

VARSITY LIVING

  • R56m in Phase 1, R150m on completion
  • 163 self-contained units of high-density student accommodation apartments
  • 270 beds in Phase 1
  • 630 beds in Phase 2
  • Amenities:Transport systems, Northcliff, Sophiatown and Cresta Shopping Centre, health facilities and 24 hours convenient shops. University of Johannesburg

Student Portfolio

The Infinite Property Works student portfolio currently consists of 54 student accommodation units with a total of 270 beds, which are located in the Albertville Johannesburg servicing the University of Johannesburg - Auckland Park Kingsway Campus.

The portfolio includes a High-density student accommodation apartment, standing 2 stories high, accommodating 270 students that is within reach of other convenient amenities, transport systems, Northcliff Shopping Centre, health facilities and 24 hours convenient shops whilst adding to the much-needed accommodation for University of Johannesburg.