Capstone – Project

Private equity real estate opportunity fund project focused on market research on Boston student housing…we may also do a few other leading markets around the U.S.

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Project Synopsis

We would like someone to take a deep dive into the top 175 college markets in the US to determine the universities with the best prospects for enrollment growth, supply/demand issues in student housing, markets to avoid, new coursework at certain universities that will be attractive for long-term growth. We would start with a focus on the Boston student housing market and then develop other markets around the U.S. as time permits and based on the size of the team. We will incorporate financial modeling as part of the project to determine feasibility of the markets.  Starting wtih Boston, please explore the milestones below to learn more about how we expect for you to navigate through the project process.


  • 2 School Street, Rye, NY 10580


  • understanding of supply/demand for real estate.
  • ability to be a self-starter to find research databases on housing fundamentals and Boston specific information


  • how to properly analyze real estate markets for supply demand metrics and opportunities
  • understanding of private equity real estate investment fundamentals
  • ability to navigate financial model for asset level underwriting of commercial real estate for acquisitions

Project Topics

Company Information

CompanyTimberline Real Estate Ventures
StagePre-Revenue Startup
Hiring PotentialFollow-on Projects, Formal Internship, Entry Level Full-Time, Upper Level Full-Time

Company Overview

In a vertically integrated structure, Timberline engages in all aspects of the investment process from capital formation to direct involvement in property-level activities. Investor expectations factor into everything we do.

Experiential Learning Program Details

SchoolUniversity of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business
Engagement FormatCapstone - Small Team Consulting Project - Students work in consulting teams of 3-5 directly with faculty and client liaisons on developing real solutions to real-world challenges.
Students EnrolledN/A
Meeting Day & TimeN/A
Student Time Commitment1-3 Hours Per Week
Company Time Commitment3-5 Hours
Duration0.43 Weeks

Program Timeline

Touchpoints & Assignments Due Date Type

Key Project Milestones

  • March 3, 2020 - Overview of all schools in the Boston proper market in the service area

    • Enrollment Analysis
      • 10-year trends
      • Projections
    • Housing Analysis
      • On-campus housing stock
      • Off-campus purpose-built or student focused
        • Shadow Market
        • Any proposed pipeline of projects
        • Legal issues
        • Zoning law changes historically and proposed in various Boston neighborhoods

  • March 4, 2020 - Decide on Ideal Properties

    • Select 2-3 locations
      • Should they buy and reposition as student or develop new?

  • March 5, 2020 - Economic Analysis on Suggested Properties

    • Economic Analysis
      • Costs side for buy vs develop
        • Feasibility of each
        • Rental rate study/analysis
          • Base rates
          • Utilities
          • Lease term
          • Amenities
        • Opportunity Zone Availability
        • Financing structure

Project Resources

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Industry Mentors

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Academic Mentors


Alice Obermiller

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Assigned Students

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