Student accommodation is an increasingly important property sector and this one day course will be covering hard data such as market trends, the source and nature of demand, capital values, income and yields, investment appetite and who’s investing, ongoing management – the standards now being demanded, sources of funding for new build, refurb and upgrading and the very significant issue of portfolio planning. No important area will be overlooked and there will be an extensive use of case studies to demonstrate the ‘who’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ of projects.

The briefing is designed for providers of university housing and onsite campus accommodation, higher education estate directors, private sector investors, developers, banks and other financiers, planners, advisors and consultants.

Course Content:

Detailed, practical analysis of all the relevant issues:

Data – where we are and what the future holds

     - Research: the statistics and the insights they reveal
     - Trends and predictions
     - Demand analysis – understanding the market, occupation and investment
     - Room demand vs capacity vs student numbers and types
     - Market drivers and engines of change
     - Emerging patterns in student estate provisioning

Capital values, income, yields and growth

     - Real world case studies of values, yields, growth and selection of sectors and regions
     - Cities, towns, universities and colleges – what investors need to know

Increasing the value of assets, making the most of opportunities

     - The demand for flexible social, study and living space
     - What students need
     - What students expect
     - What students want
     - What universities should aspire to provide
     - How the university, in its entirety, benefits by getting student accommodation right
     - Portfolio planning – the need to create and invest in ‘fit for purpose’ accommodation that meets current needs and is future proofed

Delivering through partnerships and joint ventures

     - The options of university – private company JVs
     - Obligations and returns: what goes in (money, risk, management, expertise) and what is delivered
     - ROIs to seek and accept
     - Getting the risk and reward balance spot on
     - Real world case studies of JVs: transactions and market evidence analysed
     - Current activity – who is partnering with whom and why

Sources and terms of funding and drivers of engagement

     - Sources of finance for development and investment
     - Terms – duration, cost
     - Equity and investment funding – providers and their anticipated returns
     - Management contracts – agreements, capped rents and direct let

The role of technology and digital 

     - Who wants what and why
     - What it costs to provide
     - What it does for demand – capital values, income and yields
     - Challenges for management and the costs of remaining ‘state of the art’ 

Investor appetite 

     - Comparisons with other sectors:
          - Build to rent
          - Care homes
          - Retirement and social housing
     - Perceptions of risk

Management decisions strategies and challenges 

     - Delivering a vision of ‘accommodation in support of education’
     - When to refurbish/upgrade
     - When and how to ‘rationalise’
     - Options to repurpose
     - Transition to workplace accommodation
     - Real world case studies of what’s been done


For all: Providers of university housing/onsite campus accommodation, higher education estate directors, private sector investors, developers, banks and other financiers, planners, advisors and consultants.

What others say

The conference content was well presented, in depth and insightful. Delivery was engaging and highly interactive. I came away with a lot of very useful information.

Head of Residential Life
Bangor University

Great overview of a complex process. Use of case study was an excellent way to convey the subject matter.

Development Partnership Manager
Ashford Borough Council

An excellent hybrid between a typical panel session, one-day course and an interactive dialogue/Q&A session. Perfectly paced and pitched for both novices and experts to take away valuable insights from industry experts.

Associate Director
Colliers International