• The leading players in the sector from across Europe & Globally expected on 11th May for the Annual Student Conference
  • Key players in Student Housing Property will join 11th May event

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The leading players in the sector expected in London on 11th May for the Annual Student Conference

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The 13th Annual National Student Housing Conference returns on 11th May

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Conference Agenda

The 13th Annual Student Housing Conference - UK, Europe and Global Markets

Wednesday 11th May 2022 - 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?
How has the sector Globally recovered from Covid and which markets have recovered fastest?
How is the Student Housing sector adjusting to the growth in ESG requirements?
Where do Asian, African, Pacific & American Continental markets sit and has Covid affected the world order?
Where are the growth markets & is the sector now truly Global?
Matthew Bowen, Partner - Head of Residential Investment Research, Knight Frank
Understanding the Evolution of Student Housing as a Global Property Asset Class
Does the growth of international brands mean that a Global portfolio is now a recognised as the biggest long term opportunity?
Where do the EMEA, US & Pacific Markets fit into the overall picture?
How has the US market evolved during Covid and where are the opportunity markets?
Are US operators and investors now looking to grow their brands Globally?
Where are the similarities & differences with US & European markets?
Is Co-Living a natural evolution of the product Globally?
How much interest is there in African and Asian Markets?
Why have we seen such different Covid recoveries in different locations?
Matt Walker, Executive Vice President of Operations, CA Ventures
James Hunt, Global Head of Real Estate, Global Student Accommodation (GSA)
Samuel Mtunga, Chief Operating Officer, XFD Real Estate Partners
Martin Hadland, Founder & Managing Director, Student First Group (Chair)

The UK Student Housing Market in 2022 – where are the key opportunity areas over the next 5 years?

What are the key transactions in the UK Market and what do these tell us about where the market is heading?
What is happening with UK Rents, Values, & Opportunity areas?
Which UK Cities now represent real value and why is there so much demand for UK stock in the current market?
Which universities are going to see the highest demand and which towns and cities will require more supply?

Rose Denbee, Head of Student Housing - Valuation Advisory, JLL


UK Student Housing Panel – what is the future of the UK Market?
Why is there so much focus in the UK market at the moment from investors?

Where do operators and investors see the market evolving?
How important is ESG and sustainability with each portfolio and how can we repurpose existing stock to meet modern environmental targets?
What kind of stock will the UK market demand in coming years in terms of build, design and amenities?
How is planning affecting the UK Student Housing market?
Are we concerned about the future bottom line with cladding issues, the quest for net zero, maintenance liability & refurbishing, plus more flexible, potentially shorter tenancies?
Stuart Henderson, Head of Operations, Yugo

Tim Pankhurst, Senior Director, CBRE
Sarah Jones, Director, Cushman & Wakefield
Martin Hadland, Founder & Managing Director, Student First Group (Conference Chair)

Coffee & Networking Session

Investment in the Student Housing Sector – where are we with transactional volumes and why are there potentially record deal volumes this year?
How is there still so much more demand to invest, than supply?
What are the key deals in the current market and what are investors most interested in?
Philip Hillman, Consultant, JLL 

How do Investors see the Student Housing Property Market
Why is ESG now so important and how is it affecting investment decisions?
What are their aspirations in terms of size of portfolios & where do they see the opportunities Geographically?
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?

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?
Brian Welsh, Head of Student, Round Hill Capital
Sean McKeown, Managing Director, Arlington

Mark Quigley, Managing Director, Beaufort Capital Management UK
Philip Hillman, Consultant, JLL (Panel Chair)
HMO v PBSA – what is the relationship and how is this reflected in supply and pricing?
What can we learn from data and how accessible is the PBSA sector as a whole?
How do we bust the myths around HMOs?
Do budget constraints and searches from Students tell us that there is actually significant demand for HMOs?
Where is the opportunity in HMOs and how is the sector modernising?
Does technology make it more accessible and easier operationally and how has the quality of accommodation improved?
Richard Ward, Head of Research, StuRents

Understanding what is happening with Student application numbers in the UK and what it means
How have international application numbers been affected?
Where are the longer term student numbers going over the next decade?
Are there any lingering consequences from Brexit and Covid?
What has been the effect of the teacher grading and the subsequent better overall results?
Which universities are seeing the most applications?
Have we seen any patterns with application numbers top tier, middle tier and lower tier universities?
Mike Adams, Principle Insight Consultant, UCAS

Questions for Richard & Mike


Networking Lunch Session
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?
Retrofit v New Build – how do we confront the net zero and embodied carbon challenges?

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


With ESG and the Student experience now at the heart of Investment Decisions, what really matters to Students?

Do student put real value on these measures or does it ultimately come down to price?
Paul Humphreys, Chief Executive Officer, StudentCrowd
Dr Sarah Gowers-Cromie, Chief Community Officer, StudentCrowd


Questions from Nick, Sarah and Paul

How can the University Sector & Private Sector work together to deliver modern, fit for purpose facilities, that prioritise Student Wellbeing and ESG as a whole?
What positive operational lessons have been learned from Covid and what can be taken forward?
What kind of measures can we put in place to improve the Student Experience and take the best care of their wellbeing, both in the short and longer term?
How can technology and innovation help with this and what kind of ideas are we seeing?
What kind of Partnership Opportunities will be prevalent between Universities and Private Sector Operators & Investors to deliver both a best in class product and service?
Where are the partnership Opportunities with Universities and how can they be developed?
What should universities be offering in terms of design for Student Accommodation?
How is planning now perceived and how should this be approached? 
Dr Ghazwa Alwani-Starr, Chief Operations Officer, Queen Mary University of London
Einita Suman, Director of Accommodation and Operations, University of Birmingham 
Dominic Rowell, Chief Operating Officer, iQ Student Accommodation
Martin Hadland, Founder & Managing Director, Student First Group (Conference Chair)

Building a European Portfolio – which markets are now fully mature and where are there bigger opportunities in less evolved markets? How can an investor build a balanced portfolio of assets?
What has been happening with market activity across Europe and who are the key players?
Where are the opportunities on the ground and what kind of business models and JVs are being used in Europe?
Stefan Kolibar Head of Marketing, Communications & PR, 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 and how much of a priority is ESG in Europe?
How do Continental Markets view the link between Student Housing and Build to Rent/Co-Living?
How mature is the market and what are reasonable growth projections?
What the investors are doing and where are they putting their money both in Europe?
Charlie MacGregor, CEO & Founder, The Student Hotel
Rainer Nonnengässer, Executive Chairman, International Campus GmbH
Thomas Storgaard, Director - European Transactions, Harrison Street
Martin Hadland, Founder & Managing Director, Student First Group (Conference Chair)


Closing remarks from the Chair

Close & 2022 Student Housing Industry Drinks Reception for Speakers and Attendees


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

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