Joint Venture Closes on $231M Bond Financing for Student Housing Project Near Florida International University


University Bridge Residences, located near Florida International University in Miami, will offer shared amenities including a resort-style swimming pool. (Image courtesy of

MIAMI — University Bridge GP — a partnership between Global City Development, RER Ventures and Podium Developments — has closed on a $231 million bond issuance for University Bridge Residences, an 886-unit student housing community currently under construction near Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. The joint venture is billing the project as Miami’s first student condos.

The bond represents the largest financing of its kind for an off-campus student housing building in the U.S., according to a release by the joint venture. The funding will provide $50 million in scholarships over 40 years to Florida International University. As per the terms of the agreement, FIU will also take ownership of the building upon the completion of bond payments in 2058.

The community is set to open in fall 2020 and will offer fully furnished units with bed-to-bath parity, as well as a pedestrian bridge to FIU’s campus. Shared amenities will include a resort-style pool, cabanas, barbecue and dining areas, a sun deck with day beds, fitness center, yoga lawn, lounge and game room and a business center. The property will also be home to 7,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The project was designed by Arquitectonica and will be managed by Landmark Properties upon completion. The general contractor of record is Coastal Construction Group.

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