• The leading players in the sector from across Europe & Globally expected on 22nd September for the Annual Student Conference
  • Record numbers expected From across the UK & Europe for Student Housing 2020 on 22nd May

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The leading players in the sector expected in London on 22nd September for the Annual Student Conference

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The 11th Annual National Student Housing Conference returns on 22nd September...

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Record numbers expected for Student Housing 2020 on 22nd May #LDEStudent


The 11th Annual Student Housing Conference - UK, Europe and Global Markets

Tuesday 22nd September 2020 - De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden

Student Housing  - Futureproofing & Opportunities

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

  • Returning for an 11th Year, at a superb venue in Covent Garden London, with 600 Delegates attending
  • Organised by LD Events, the European Market leader for ‘Alternative Residential’ Property Conferences
  • Join hundreds of the leading players in Student Accommodation Property
  • A Look at Future Opportunities in the UK & the Sector Globally
  • The impact of Coronavirus
  • High level networking opportunities with hundreds of the leading players in the Sector from across the UK, Europe and Worldwide

As we begin a new decade, we look at two new themes at the conference. 
Firstly the globalisation of the market, for investors, for operators, for universities, for the global movement of students - where will this go?

Secondly, we shall look at Futureproofing Student Housing as a market - what to build, how to make it sustainable, best practice for student welfare, how to build the right relationships with institutions and investors, grad living and other emerging business models

To see who attends please click here

Conference Timetable



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


How has Student Housing grown into a Global Property Asset Class in the last ten years?

Which markets are fully matured, which are nearing maturity and where are the new emerging markets?

What will happen to the Global Markets in the next 10 years & where are the key investments?

What might the Student Housing Market look like Globally at the end of the Decade?

Are Universities themselves now Global businesses and brands could we see satellite branches of well-known institutions across the world?

How are Global flows of Students evolving and where does this suggest there are strong opportunity markets?

Is there a natural evolution from Student Housing into Co-Living & will Student Housing Operators increase involvement in this market Globally?

James Pullan, Partner, Head of Student Property, Knight Frank



The US Market in 2020 – how has it developed over the last 20 years?

What are the similarities & differences between the US & other Global Markets?

What is the US Operator view of other international markets?

How do You Build a truly Global Student Accommodation Portfolio & Brand?

Is a Global Portfolio the real long-term opportunity?

Where do the EMEA, Pacific, and US Markets fit into the overall jigsaw?

Bill Bayless, CEO, American Campus Communities



The UK Operator looking Globally – where are the opportunities and what is attractive about international markets?

Why are Australia & the US now opportunity markets and is now the time to build a Global Portfolio?

What are the challenges when operating internationally?

What can we bring from the UK to international markets?

Tom Devaney, Global Chief Operating Officer, Scape



Continental Europe – where are the big opportunities in Mainland Europe?
How do the more established Continental European Markets compare with the evolving markets in Eastern Europe & Scandinavia for example?

Which are of the most interest to investors and where are the operations working best?

Where does the Student Housing Market fit with the Co-Living & Grad Living markets in Continental Europe?

What is the long term potential of the Continental European Markets?

Brian Welsh, Chief Executive Officer, Nido Student



The UK Student Housing Market – where are the key opportunity areas over the next 10 years?

Understanding how to Build a Large-Scale UK Student Housing Portfolio and Brand

How much interest is there in the UK from those looking to diversify from Student Housing into a Grad Living or Co Living product?

Where are the next big opportunities in the UK & where is the future growth?

What cities and locations are most of interest?

How key are partnerships with Universities moving forward and how should these be approached?

Nick Hayes, Group Property Director, Unite Students



International Panel Question & Answer Session with James, Bill, Tom, Brian and Nick.



Networking Coffee Break for Speakers & Attendees



Student Housing Investor Panel Session
How do Investors see the Student Housing Property Market?
What are their aspirations in terms of size of portfolios?
Where do they see the opportunities Geographically?
Do they prefer to focus on a specific location or Country?

What is the investor viewpoint on Cladding & how can this be overcome?
How do they view the UK, Europe and Potential Global Markets?
What is the link with Co-Living and Build to Rent and how do investors view these markets?
Is Co-Living a natural progression for those investing & Operating in Student Property?
What are the key deals and who are the key players – where is the money coming from?
(Each speaker to present briefly to introduce themselves covering, who they are, where their key target markets & investments are, how they see the market currently, and where they see it in 5 years – maximum 2 powerpoint slides, 5 minutes)

Sean McKeown, Managing Director, Arlington Advisors

Jeannie Wong, Vice President, Real Estate Private Equity, Brookfield

Nicky Barker, Director – Real Estate, KKR

Suparna Dar, Director, Assured Guaranty

Philip Hillman, Chairman – Living Capital Markets, JLL (Chair)



How are the European Markets performing?

What are the key deals being done across Continental Europe & the UK and who are the key players?

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

Which markets in mainland Europe are now considered mature?

Where are the new emerging European Markets and where do Scandinavian & Eastern European markets fit?

Which Regions and Cities in these evolving markets are the real opportunity areas?
Philip Hillman, Chairman – Living Capital Markets, JLL



Understanding growth in the Australasian Markets

What is happening in Australia & New Zealand?

Where are the similarities with the UK & Europe and what is the potential for these markets?

Who are the key players & what activity is there?

Conal Newland, Director, Student Accommodation, Savills Australia and New Zealand



The UK Student Housing Market

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

What is happening with UK Rents, Values, & Opportunity areas?

How do we identify the next Student Housing Site for new development and which Cities and towns should operators be most interested in?

How concerned should UK operators be about the evolving UK Planning system?

Is Viability becoming more and more difficult on new Student Housing in the UK & how can this be dealt with?

How are operators approaching the issue with Cladding?

Sarah Jones, Partner, Cushman & Wakefield



Questions for Philip, Conal & Sarah



The 2020 Student Housing Networking Lunch Session



An Afternoon looking at Future-proofing the Student Housing Investment Market


Session One:

Key Issues with Modern Students – how do they shape delivery, construction and operation?

Sustainability, Technology & Wellbeing – why they matter more than ever in the future


How do we build modern sustainable stock to suit the future market?

Where do modern methods of construction fit in?

How do we ensure the sector is environmentally conscious & sustainable in the long term?

Nick Riley, Head of Student Housing, Whittam Cox Architects


How do we create a best practice for dealing with student welfare and mental health issues?

What kind of support is required, how can it be delivered?

How can operators work with Universities to deliver a safe and happy experience?

How can technology help and what is available?

Rebecca O'Hare, Head of Partnerships & Resident Experience, Student First Group


Followed by discussion panel on:

What matters to Students in the Modern age?

What is the impact of more information with the rise of technology and online reviews?

How can technology be used to improve consumer experience & also look after their wellbeing?

How important are eco-friendly living spaces?

How do we achieve the right balance between student privacy & safety?
Nick Riley, Head of Student Housing, Whittam Cox Architects

Rebecca O'Hare, Head of Partnerships & Resident Experience, Student First Group

Paul Humphreys, Founder & CEO StudentCrowd

Victoria Frost, Head of Residential Life, London School of Economics

Martin Hadland, Founder & Managing Director, Student First Group (Chair)



Session Two:

Finding the right projects of the future & making them work

What should the modern provider look to deliver, where and with whom?

What are the key elements when it comes to running a Student Housing Operation successfully?

How will innovation become more and more important as the market grows internationally in the next decade?


Our panel will discuss a number of current issues including:

Can the first generation of purpose-built student accommodation stock evolve to survive?

How can it be kept contemporary or is it the new more affordable Student Option?

Could it potentially be evolved into other tenures as an option to investors?

What is both the UK & Continental view on Brexit & how it might affect the market?

What other international political & social issues matter?

How do we get the operation spot on and how is this evolving?

The impact of the right operator on student opinion & rebooking – when investments change hands what are the effects?

Is a hybrid Student Accommodation & Co Living Model actually the biggest opportunity?

What are the key elements of it’s design and operation?

How will the Sector promote innovators and disruptors and what ideas do we have?

Striking the balance on affordability: Which matters more – Cost v Facilities

Do we see a move towards Continental English speaking Universities?

What are the other notable trends?

What might matter in design, delivery, pricepoint & facilities if we look to the end of the decade?

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?

Planning, Viability & what it means for future projects and relationships between universities & operators

What is needed to improve the planning system?

Where is the next site coming from?

There will also be a chance for all delegates to propose discussion issues for this session


Niamh O'Connor, Head of Student Accommodation & PRS, Summix

Dr Ghazwa Alwani-Starr, Director of Property and Facilities Management, University of London

Charlie MacGregor, CEO & Founder, The Student Hotel

Rebecca Hopewell, CEO, Fresh Property Group



The 2020 Student Housing Industry Drinks Reception





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