GSA has been active in Asia Pacific for over a decade, and our development-led approach has been part of the foundations of GSA. 

Our development-led approach across the APAC region has been a foundation of GSA. 

In Australia, our leadership team has developed over 7,000 beds across the leading educational cities of Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. Today, our portfolio comprises 2,000 beds across four assets, providing homes for students at top universities, including the University of Melbourne and the University of Western Australia. Our strategy in the market is to continue to grow our footprint through development and acquisition activity, creating student-centered spaces that support them on their higher education journey.

Our activity in Japan and China demonstrates our ability to form and nurture strategic alliances with local partners. 

In 2014 we established GSA Star Asia, a joint venture between GSA and Star Asia Group, to address the significant shortage of student accommodation for domestic and international students studying in Japan.

The venture also supports the Japanese Government’s Top Global University Project, a strategy to increase the number of foreign students enrolled at Japanese universities.

In China, we have a unique partnership with Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University, which demonstrates our commitment to innovating the student housing sector in the markets we have a presence.

GSA brought to the joint venture its expertise in:

  • Design and project management
  • Real estate management 
  • Tailor-made resident welfare programmes








Find out more about our activity in the region below:

Case study

Yugo Adelaide City, Adelaide

GSA’s latest student housing scheme in Australia welcomed its first students in May 2022. The residence features 725 rooms and extensive communal facilities, with exceptional views across the city. It islocated directly opposite the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia’s City East campus. Watch the video to find out more about Yugo Adelaide City.






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1 Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019.

Case study

Hakusan House, Tokyo

Hakusan House was the first property to be developed by GSA Star Asia. Located in the Hakusan area of Tokyo’s Bunkyo-ku district, a residential and educational centre in the city, Hakusan House opened in January 2018 and primarily serves the University of Tokyo. It is home to 364 Japanese and international students.

Across 4,500m² of space, Hakusan House features high quality, specially designed student apartments as well as a lounge, theater room, study space and barbecue space and other shared areas. A communal kitchen is designed to foster community and create a collaborative environment for students.






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1 The World University Rankings, 2020.

Case study

Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University

In October 2016, GSA opened its first management project on behalf of Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University, Beijing. Tsinghua University is one of China’s leading universities with more than 46,000 students from 120 countries.

GSA has worked closely with the Stephen A Schwarzman Education Foundation to deliver a world-class cohesive living and learning environment for global leaders of the future.
Our on-site team manages the newly built state-of-the art academic and residential facility, which features 200 student beds, state-of-the-art teaching facilities including classrooms, an auditorium, international conference centre, library and on-site gym.

The official opening of the college was attended by several VIPs including the former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who is a member of the programme’s advisory board, China’s Vice Premier Liu Yandong and Stephen Schwarzman, founder of the Scholars programme.






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1 Tsinghua University, 2021.