• Record numbers expected From across the UK & Europe for Student Housing 2017 on 24th May
  • The leading players in the sector from across Europe expected on 24th May for the Annual Student Conference

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The 8th Annual Student Housing Conference - UK, Europe and Worldwide

Wednesday 24th May 2017 - De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden

Student Housing  - The Next Big Opportunity Areas

The Annual Conference for the leading players in the Student Housing Sector:

  • Returning for an 8th Year, at a Brand New Venue in Covent Garden with capacity for 700 Delegates
  • Join hundreds of the leading players in Student Accommodation Property
  • A thorough analysis of Student Housing as an international investment class, looking at the key issues in the UK and European Markets, plus worldwide markets in the Asia Pacific & Africa Regions
  • With Record Transactions in the market, hear from the investors themselves as to what is encouraging them
  • High level networking opportunities with hundreds of the leading players in the Sector from across the UK, Europe and Worldwide
  • Examination of future investment opportunities, both Geographically, with Universities and in Graduate Housing, Micro Living and the Private Rented Sector
  • Advice on operation and management, as well as funding, design and investment.

To see who attends please click here


Conference Timetable


Chairman’s welcome and Housekeeping
Ian Graham, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins

An Economic Overview– Looking at the Effects of Brexit, Interest Rates and other economic risk What does this mean for the economy, property and Student Housing?

What is the effect on availability and rates for finance?

Andrew Simmons, Director, JC Rathbone Associates


What really matters in the Student Housing Market in 2017 & how is it Performing?

Where should the market be looking for the next big opportunity areas?

What are the key deals in the current market and who are the players?

Where are Investors looking and where is the priority?

Where are we with Institutional Investment, Private Equity & Senior Debt?

What is happening with the Capital Markets and where is the money coming from?

James Pullan, Partner, Head of Student Property, Knight Frank & Merelina Monk, Partner, Knight Frank (20 minutes)


Followed by panel with:

Alexander Knapp, Managing Director, Hines UK

Mark Bladon, Structured Property Finance, Investec

James Halstead, Vice President, BlackRock Real Assets

Sean McKeown, Arlington Advisors

James Pullan, Partner, Head of Student Property, Knight Frank (Chair)



Understanding what the numbers & Stats tell us about the overall Picture on Student Housing in the UK & Europe – Three Short Sharp Presentations on what is what….

(10 minutes each followed by questions)


A Look at what is really going on in the UK Market – Where are rents and how are they structured?

Where are the trends, what are the regional differences and where are the opportunity areas for investors?

Where in the market both Geographically and terms of the Student Population is there need for more Capacity? What should those investing be looking at?

Martin Blakey, Chief Executive, Unipol


Understanding the Role that Students Play in Shaping the Investment Market Going Forward

Tim Daplyn. Managing Director, Red Brick Research


Europe – Location, Location, Location – where are the real opportunity cities & understanding Student numbers across Europe

Samuel Vetrak, CEO, StudentMarketing


11.15am - Coffee & Networking



Welcome to Europe – why is Continental Europe continuing to grow in popularity?

Where is particular is proving attractive in Investors?

Is it really the next big opportunity area and how big is the market?

Is the Market mature enough and how realistic are its’ growth projections realistic?

Mainland European Investment Opportunities – what are the practical, political & cultural issues?

What the investors are doing and where they are putting their money both in Europe?

Understanding Continental European Student Housing Markets in more detail  - how are they growing & evolving?

How should Investors approach different European Markets & where do these markets fit?

Philip Hillman, Director, Head of Student Housing & Higher Education, JLL (15 minute presentation)


Followed by a panel session with:

Tim Mitchell, CEO - Europe, Global Student Accomodation (GSA)

Troy Tomasik, Managing Director - Investments, Greystar

Carlos Cano, Commercial and Marketing Director, Resa

Daniel Gorzawski, Managing Director - Head of Europe, Harrison Street

Charlie MacGregor, The Student Hotel



In Discussion : Looking to the Future – What will the Modern Student & University be looking for in Accommodation?

What will matter in design, delivery, pricepoint & facilities if we look forward 5 years?

What will be essential, what will be desirable and what will be luxury?

What kind of Partnership Opportunities will be prevalent between Universities and Private Sector Operators & Investors?

Where are the partnership Opportunities with Universities and how can they be developed?

Martin Hadland, Commercial Director, Campus Living Villages

Andrew May, Director of Estate, University of Hertfordshire

Ben Stuart, Director of Residential & Business Services, University of St Andrews



What Might Student Accommodation look like in 2027?

How will Student Housing be Operated & what might become the norm?

Could Innovation & Technology soon take over?

Will the brands and scale of operators be transformed and what will people really want?

Brian Welsh, Chief Operating Officer, Threesixty Developments Ltd



The Merging of the PRS, Micro Living & the Student Housing Products - what opportunities does this provide for Investors?

Where does Student now fit in with PRS, Micro Living and even Retirement Living Property?

Are we seeing the merging of Alternative Residential Asset Classes when it comes to Investment and where does this fit in the UK & Europe?

Is Student Housing just one part of an Alternative Residential portfolio and where are the similarities in valuation, investment & Planning?

What is transferable in terms of operation and are Student Operators well placed to enter the market for other Residential Alternative Asset Classes?

Does a mixed use scheme of Student & Other Residential make sense and if so, where?

Does the European model set a strong example of why it works?

Marcus Roberts, Director – Head of Student Housing, Savills



Questions for Brian & Marcus


1.30pm – Networking Lunch Session



What opportunities are now available to investors with Student Housing Internationally?

What can Student Accommodation Providers learn from the Asia Pacific Markets?

What aspects of Asia Pacific Student Housing can be transferred to the UK?

What rate will African Markets mature at and where are they now?

Looking at the Relationship between the UK, Europe and Other International Student Housing Markets.

Asia Pacific - Conal Newland, Director - Head of Student Accommodation Asia Pacific, Savills

Sub Saharan Africa - Pepler Sandri, Capital Markets - Sub-Saharan Africa, JLL
East Africa – Stewart Moore, Operations Director, CRM Students
(15 mins per speaker followed by questions)



What Students really want from their buildings; Bed spaces, living spaces, Amenity spaces.

How do we find a balance between these different aspects?

Why modular/ offsite/ Pre-manufactured Construction is so relevant and important.

Looking at Innovation in Student Housing Construction – How are methods evolving and what is the future role for Off Site & Modular Builds?

Looking at Current Build Costs in Student Housing – are they affecting viability of schemes?

Where is the opportunity to significantly reduce costs & deliver more and what sort of scale is required?

Presentation by

Naomi Cleaver, Director, Naomi Cleaver

Nick Riley, Head of Student Housing, Whittam Cox Architects


Followed by Panel Session with

Ian Woosey, Investment Director, Balfour Beatty

David Ellison, Business Development Manager, SIGMAT

Philip Breese, Partner, WestonWilliamson + Partners (TBC)


4.00pm - Close and Networking Drinks Reception for speakers and attendees - Kindly Sponsored by JLL


To see who attends this event: click here

This event is also eligible for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit 

To learn how to book a place, please click here

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