May 31, 2021

Industry News | 05/21

Higher education, student mobility, and student housing industry news from May 2021.

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May 28

  • It’s time the sector took a lead on addressing student housing - based on findings from case study on the private rented sector in the University of York [Wonkhe]
  • By applying hotel rules, student housing developers hoped to be able to deduct VAT on their investments. But the Belgian government is putting a stop to it. The sector reacts divided. [De Tijd – Dutch/Flemish]
  • "Resa's goal is to create a welcoming and unique experience for our residents" Interview with Eleonora Guardini, Commercial Director of Resa [Diario Sur – Spanish]
  • LIV Student residence in Porto enters its final construction phase. Polo Universitário will have 470 beds, in 423 rooms spread over 16 floors and four different types of accommodation. [Casa Ao Minuto – Portuguese]

May 27

  • New Fresh chief executive Jeremy Fletcher has hired UPP’s Craig Bryant as strategy and business development director as the business gears up to expand its build-to-rent and PBSA portfolios. [Property Week]

May 26

May 25

  • International Campus Group appoints Gawain Smart as CEO and Rainer Nonnengässer as Executive Chairman [International Campus]
  • Vaccine rollout success attracts more students to the UK [Real Asset Insight]
  • While PBSA occupancy rates dropped significantly during the pandemic, rising student numbers and low supply ratios in many European university cities, still drive investor demand [Savills]

May 24

  • UKEAS survey uncovers a greater level of caution and indecision among prospective Asian students interested in studying in the UK. [The PIE News]
  • EQT Exeter and Grupo Moraval join forces to invest €500M in student residences [Iberian Property]
  • M&G European Property Fund boosts residential exposure with EUR63m Italian student housing deal [Property Funds World]
  • How to Maximise Space in a Small Living Area [Loft]
  • iQ Student Accommodation, one of the leading providers of private purpose-built student accommodation in the UK, announces a series of leadership appointments [iQ Student]

May 22

  • Student in Belgium don’t want to sit at home for another year. It’s not event June, and yet the telephones of student housing renters are ringing off the hook. [Nieuwsblad – Dutch/Flemish]

May 21

  • Prospects are positive as PBSA bookings exceed 2019 levels [Real Asset Insight]
  • PropTech Innovation Award finalists announced [Union Investment]
  • The Student Hotel Bologna, "sold out for the summer due to successful format" says Michael Giuliano, its General Manager [Ansa – Italian]
  • The Italian Camplus boosts its expansion in Spain with the opening of a residence in Seville [El Inmobiliario - Spanish]
  • Sneak peak into Temprano Capital’s student residence in Diagonal Alto, Barcelona [Temprano Capital]

May 20

  • Student housing has emerged from the pandemic a winner according to Real Asset Media briefing [Real Asset Insight]
  • Covid-19: Students in UK 'at mercy of landlords' in leases [BBC]
  • The Advantages of Using Landlord Furniture Packs [Loft]

May 19

  • Urbania plans investment of more than €100M in Portugal [Iberian Property]
  • How lockdown has changed the way we live: boosting the BTR trend [Property Investor Today]
  • Brookfield & Student Roost – creating market leading property and great student experience [Built Environment Networking]
  • Watkin Jones Releases Half-Yearly Results – 1/3 of revenue from BTR [Property Wire]
  • The top universities in the UK say they fear a boom in student numbers because they don't have enough accommodation - and private landlords say they are fully booked. [Accommodation for Students]

May 18

  • First UK development for The Student Hotel Triggers Regeneration of Prominent Merchant City Gap Site [Drum Property Group]
  • In response to pandemic uncertainty, agents advise international students to hedge their bets [Navitas]
  • Europa and Skerven launch €150m Berlin-focused resi JV [Real Asset Insight]
  • Study Inn gets green light for 350-bed Leeds student development [Property Week]
  • Aparto brings student living to new heights at The Loom in Dublin 8 [The Irish Times]
  • MILESTONE reveals new look for their Chapter Lucia property in Rotterdam [MILESTONE]
  • LIV Student lands in Spain with the help of the VStudent fund establishing its first Student Residence in Granada [Granada Hoy – Spanish]

May 17

  • CRM Students announces they have schemes mobilising in 7 brand new cities as of September [CRM Students]
  • Watkin Jones, the UK’s leading developer and manager of residential for rent homes, with a focus on the purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA), BTR and co-living sectors, announces two new appointments to its Executive team [PBSA News]
  • Nido Student and The Student Hotel shortlisted for International Student Living Award of the PIEoneer Awards [The PIE News]
  • Demand for accommodation from international students is strong despite the challenges posed by Covid-19, according to Future Generation. [Development Finance Today]

May 14

  • Mental Health Awareness Week shines light on student wellbeing [The PIE News]
  • UK student rent strikers face threat of debt collectors [Financial Times]

May 13

  • Take a peek inside LIV Student’s newest Insta-worthy student accommodation in Belfast [Belfast Live]

May 12

  • Urbania closes the sale of a student residence in the university heart of Madrid. The asset is part of the sale and purchase agreement reached by Urbania, Invesco, Greystar, AXA and CBRE GI in November 2020 [Iberian Property]
  • Insight - these cities will continue to attract investors post-Covid-19 [Property Investor Today]
  • COIMA to launch three new funds and invests up to EUR5 billion in urban regeneration [Property Funds World]
  • Rioca by I Live launches its first serviced apartment house in Vienna aimed at young professionals, commuters, students, and tourists. [I Live – German]
  • Xior Student Housing fills Rotterdam property in 4 hrs time – starting the rental season with a bang [Xior Student Housing]

May 11

  • Despite the pandemic, real estate investment should reach 3 billion euro in Portugal in 2021, estimates Prime Yield. In terms of housing, the student and co-living sectors (will) continue to attract interest [Iberian Property]
  • WP Carey Announces EUR25m build-to-suit investment in the Netherlands [Property Funds World]
  • Buy To Let Furnishings is dead - People First Design is here to stay. [LOFT]

May 10

  • Affordable housing demand increases across Europe [Real Asset Insight]
  • Cheyne Capital loans £47m for new Student Roost scheme [Property Funds World]
  • Investors – should you buy early at regeneration schemes? [Property Investor Today]
  • Falcon Development has received planning permission for a purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme in Krakow. [PBSA News]
  • DWS launches open-ended European living strategy [Property Funds World]
  • Hines and Blue Noble complete preliminary acquisition of Via Borgospessp 15 in Milan. The investment is confirmation of Hines’ living-sector focused strategy to reposition an asset of high historical value which is in one of the city’s most iconic districts, attracting local and international visitors. [Property Funds World]
  • Developers of student accommodation set to contribute towards affordable housing in Nottingham [The Business Desk]

May 9

  • Barcelona is witnessing a boom of construction in student residences as 4,000 - 5,100 new places are to be added in the coming years [El Pais – Catalan]

May 7

  • New data from StuRents’ platform shows an increase in PBSA beds supply between 2020 and 2021 in London and key regional hubs [PBSA News]
  • Coliving, the real estate business that will reach 550,000 million in Europe. DoveVivo already has more than 1,500 properties and 8,000 beds spread across 13 European cities . [Forbes – Spanish]
  • European residential investment volumes top €11bn in Q1 2021 with  €742m committed to student housing. [Knight Frank]
  • The future of student accommodation: Integrated, flexible, sustainable [Unite Students]

May 6

  • EU, France and Italy look to ease entry restrictions [StudyTravel]
  • Germany’s city quarters represent a market worth €200 billion with major potential for investors according to new research from property investment manager Corestate and research firm Bulwiengesa. [Real Asset Media]

May 5

  • Quality pulls int’l students to Dutch higher education [The PIE News]
  • Investment in living assets will increase during 2021 after the strong performance of the market throughout 2020, when 83.400 million euros were invested in this sector. This is one of the main conclusions revealed by a new study by JLL [Iberian Property]
  • New Student.com data suggests students want to experience university life post Covid-19 – and are willing to pay more for higher spec accommodation. [PBSA News]
  • How the leading student property brand Vita Student adapted in 2020 [The South African]
  • Navitas report shows growing demand for study in the US, Canada, and the UK in 2021 [ICEF Monitor]
  • Introducing Bordeaux by CampusKey – The ultimate Stellenbosch co-living space for students [Business Tech]
  • BaseCamp starts construction on 663 student bed project in Aarhus, Denmark [Danish – Lokalavisen Aarhus]

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