Conference Agenda

The agenda for the day will look key issues in Student Housing Investment Markets

8.30am Pre Conference Networking Session
  • Delegates arrive from 8:30am when an informal breakfast is provided, and a chance to network with other attendees, before the conference starts at 9:30am
9.40am 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
9.30am Welcome and Introduction from the Conference Chair
  • Where are we with Student Housing Property Investment?
  • Martin Hadland, Founder & Managing Director, Student First Group (Conference Chair)
10.00am Panel Session - 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?
  • Tom Devaney, Global Chief Operating Officer, Scape
  • James Hunt, Global Head of Real Estate, Global Student Accommodation (GSA)
  • Doug Larson, President, XFD
  • Martin Hadland, Founder & Managing Director, Student First Group (Chair)
10.30am 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