• The leading players in the sector from across Europe & Globally expected on 15th September for the Annual Student Conference
  • Key players in Student Housing Property will join 15th September event

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The leading players in the sector expected in London on 15th September for the Annual Student Conference

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The 12th Annual National Student Housing Conference returns on 15th September

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Record numbers expected for Student Housing 2021 on 15th September #LDEStudent


The 12th Annual Student Housing Conference - UK, Europe and Global Markets

Wednesday 15th September 2021 - Covent Garden, London UK

Student Housing  - Where are the Future Opportunities?

  • Organised by LD Events, the European Market leader for ‘Alternative Residential’ Property Conferences
  • Join hundreds of the leading players in Student Accommodation Property, with an annual audience of 600 Global Market leaders.
  • A Look at Future Opportunities in the UK & the Sector Globally
  • How is the sector moving on from Coronavirus and what opportunities have emerged?
  • High level networking opportunities with hundreds of the leading players in the Sector from across the UK, Europe and Worldwide

To see who attends please click here

Conference Timetable


Chairman’s Welcome & Introduction – where are we with Student Housing Property Investment?
Martin Hadland, Founder & Managing Director, Student First Group (Conference Chair)

Overview - Understanding Student Housing in a Global Context
Where does Student Housing fit with the wider spectrum of rented residential and other property asset classes and how is it performing?
What will be the impacts on Student Housing Property from Covid?
How is the Student Housing sector adjusting to the growth in ESG requirements?
Where do Asian, African, Pacific & American Continental markets sit and will Covid change affect the world order?
Where are the growth markets & is the sector now truly Global?
What is happening with UK values and rents?
Matthew Bowen, Partner - Head of Residential Investment Research, Knight Frank
Investment in the Student Housing Sector – where are we with transactional volumes and why is there so much pent-up demand?
What are the key deals in the current market and what are investors most interested in?
How much investment growth do we expect to see in the next 5 years and where?
Philip Hillman, Chairman – Living Capital Markets, JLL 

How do Investors see the Student Housing Property Market and how to they see the impacts of Covid?
What are their aspirations in terms of size of portfolios & where do they see the opportunities Geographically?
Why is ESG now so important and how is it affect investment decisions?
How do they view the UK, Europe and Potential Global Markets?
How do Investors view the Student Housing Market in the long-term sense and where do they see the growth?
What is the investor viewpoint on Cladding & how can this be overcome?

How do the lenders view the Student Housing Market?
How do they feel the sector can best be supported and what approach are they taking?
Is Co-Living a natural progression for those investing & Operating in Student Property?
Where is Student Housing seen when compared to other property investments?
Joe Persechino, Head of Residential & Student Accommodation, AXA Investment Managers
Jeannie Wong, Senior Vice President, Brookfield
James Rosenfeld, Principle, Blackstone Real Estate

Shane Ryan, Structured Property Finance, Investec
Philip Hillman, Chairman – Living Capital Markets, JLL (Panel Chair)
Understanding the UK Development Pipeline
With a drop in planning applications for new PBSA how can the UK meet it’s growing demand over the next decade?
Is the planning system now a real issue for meeting demand?
With significant growth estimated in domestic students alone over the next decade where is there the biggest demand and how can it be met?
Which universities are going to see the highest demand and which towns and cities will require more supply?
Who is going to deliver this?
How will the parameters of the new London Plan affect delivery in London?
Martin Hadland, Founder & Managing Director, Student First Group
Tim Pankhurst, Executive Director, CBRE


Questions for Tim & Martin

Coffee and Networking


Understanding what Students want and where they are coming from
Will there continue to be continuity in demand from both domestic and international students?
How covid only reinforced student opinion that they want the in-person life experience of university rather than online options?
Where are the growing markets for international students and where do they want to go?
How has pricing and demand responded and what incentives are now on offer to students?
What really matters more to students – cost or facilities?
Paul Humphreys, Founder & CEO StudentCrowd 
Louise Bena, Marketing & Partnership Director, StudentCrowd 

Understanding what is happening with Student application numbers in the UK and what it means
What have we learned and how different will things look in the next two academic years?
How has the pandemic affected applications, acceptances and deferrals and where are we now?
What have we learned and how different will things look in the next few years?
What are we expecting from international students in the next few years?
Nick Hillman, Director, Higher Education Policy Institute
What next for the student experience?

What have we learnt about Students from Covid – taking the positive lessons and planning for the future
Have far has the priority of the Student Wellbeing come?
Rebecca O’Hare, Assistant Director – Residence Life & Accommodation, University of Leeds
How can we implement Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) measures into the Design and Delivery of Student Housing?
How can we make these measures cost effective and how can we really measure them?
How do we see this evolving over the next decade and how can the sector prepare for upcoming changes?

Is it now more important than ever to plan ESG measures from early in the design phase?
Nick Riley, Board Director - Head of Student Housing, Whittam Cox Architects
Questions for Paul, Louise, Rebecca & Nick


Networking Lunch Session
The Mainland European Recovery - which markets are recovering fastest and which have the best long-term prospects?
What has been happening with market activity across Europe?
Who are the key players?
Julia Momotiuk, Head of Rented Residential, Bonard


European Markets Panel Session – Where are the opportunities in Mainland Europe?
How are the Continental European Markets Performing?
Why is Europe continuing to grow in popularity?
Where are the new opportunity markets in Europe?
Where in particular is proving attractive for Investors?
How do Continental Markets view the link between Student Housing and Build to Rent/Co-Living?
How do they link these two products?
How mature is the market and what are reasonable growth projections?
What the investors are doing and where they are putting their money both in Europe?
What do we expect to be the effect of Brexit, Covid and other Global Political issues?
Is the growing influence of ESG shared across Europe?
Brian Welsh, Head of Student, Round Hill Capital
Heriberto Cuanalo, Chief Executive, Collegiate AC Europe
Will Rowson, Chief Executive, Global Student Accommodation (GSA)


Operational Panel – How is the Operation of Student Housing evolving and where do we see this going?

What positive operational lessons have been learned from Covid and what can be taken forward?
What can we learn from the hospitality sector?
How can operators keep new product relevant & contemporary?
How can the industry deal with buildings that have cladding and how big a worry is it?
Striking the balance on affordability: Which matters more – Cost v Facilities?
How will the Sector promote innovators and disruptors and what ideas do we have?

What trends are we seeing internationally when it comes to operations?
How can the Student Housing industry improve it’s ESG credentials?
Matthew Merrick, Chief Executive Officer at iQ Student Accommodation
Jeremy Fletcher, Chief Executive Officer, Fresh
Tom Devaney, Global Chief Operating Officer, Scape
Martin Hadland, Founder & Managing Director, Student First Group (Conference Chair)

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?
Suparna Dar, Director - European Infrastructure Finance, Assured Guaranty
Linda Goodacre, Director of Estates and Facilities, University of Nottingham
Nick Hayes, Group Property Director, Unite Students
AN Other TBC
Martin Hadland, Founder & Managing Director, Student First Group (Conference Chair)


Closing remarks from the Chair

Close & 2021 Student Housing Industry Drinks Reception for Speakers and Attendees


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