International demand for higher education in Austria continues to rise and finding accommodation for international students during studies and beyond remains a key concern. The nonprofit housing model dominates here but opportunities exist, especially for housing recent graduates and young professionals. What can the growing private market learn from housing associations’ successful provision of affordable and sustainable options? Likewise, Central Eastern Europe remains promising for investors. Poland, home to the sixth largest student population in the EU, offers low tuition fees and cost of living combined with many English taught programmes. How will this growing market evolve and how will Polish cities be shaped by an influx of students with increased purchasing power?