June 30, 2021

Industry News | 06/21

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

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June 30

  • How the effects of covid-19 on real estate could boost the shared living sector [A Designer at Heart]
  • What Can PBSA Learn From the Hospitality Sector? [Loft]
  • Case study: OurDomain Amsterdam South East – Interview with Mark Kuijpers, Managing Director [VG Visie – Dutch]
  • Interview with Charlie Macgregor, CEO & Founder of The Student Hotel [Hospitality Design]

June 29

  • Netherlands: The abolition of student grants in 2015 has made students more financially dependent on their parents and risks hurting the prospects of students’ whose families cannot help out, family spending institute Nibud says in a new report. [Dutch News]
  • Salamanca is going through a student residences’ boom with five new projects, of which one is already finished, and the remaining ones are under construction. Together the properties will add 1.200 new beds in the city [Iberian Property]
  • Redefining hospitality tech and scaling up to deliver the Complete Connected Community – Interview with Mark Liversidge, Chief Digital Technology and Experience Officer at The Student Hotel [The Drum]

June 28

  • BigCity and Reditum Capital will build a new student residence in Porto’s Asprela university centre, which will mark both companies’ debut in the Portuguese market. [Iberian Property]
  • Can Student Furniture Be Long Lasting? [Loft]

June 25

  • i Live has launched its first serviced apartment brand Rioca by i Live in Vienna, Austria – the 190 furnished apartments cater to young professionals, commuters, students and tourists. [I Live - German]

June 24

  • How To Increase PBSA Retention Rates [Loft]
  • CRM Students introduces its newest property in Derby [CRM Students]
  • Investment into 'beds for rent' sector set to grow significantly, reveals Investec report [Development Finance Today]
  • UK: students say degrees represent “poor value” for money as they miss in-person contact [The PIE News]
  • Short mobility programs of just a few weeks can provide ‘tangible outcomes’ for students, a new survey by UUKi has found. [The PIE News]
  • Germany: investing in student housing & co-living opportunities [Chris Robért Lange]

June 23

  • The Importance & Benefits of Furniture Recycling in PBSA [Loft]

June 22

  • Extended stay hotels ‘the most resilient’ during Covid-19 crisis. “The best opportunities lie in diversification,” says Charles Combet, vice president special property finance – hotel & PBSA properties, Aareal Bank [Real Asset Insight]
  • The University of Malage presents the call for subsidized places in private student residences for the 2021/2022 academic year. Residences include those from Greystar and MiCampus. [Malaga Ahoy – Spanish]

June 21

  • 3 Key Ways To Ensure Investors Approve Student Accommodation Plans [Loft]
  • Unite Students sells £342m London assets to its JV with GIC [Real Asset Insight]

June 18

  • Dutch universities are preparing to abolish 1.5-metre distance measure in the new academic year [VSNU]

June 17

  • 20/20 Vision: the future of residential real estate - podcast with Bella Peacock, Managing Director Investment Management & Operations at Greystar Europe [Lavanda]

June 16

  • ICEF Exchange podcast with BaseCamp Student & Accommodation for Students: What can student accommodation bookings tell us about the year ahead? [ICEF Monitor]
  • Students worry more about climate change than Covid-19, survey reveals [Unite Students]
  • Why resident wellbeing must be top of mind for PBSA providers – Tom Ward, Scape’s Founder & CEO [Property Investor Today]
  • Pathway provider Study Group has announced a new UK Quarantine Fund to support international students arriving from ‘red-list’ countries. [StudyTravel]
  • YouFirst Campus, Gecina’s student residence business, will be opening a new residence located at the gateway to Paris in Ivry-sur-Seine (94) for the start of the 2021 academic year. [Business Wire]

June 14

  • Amro Partners, the established Build to Rent and PBSA investor and operator, has launched a Venture Capital arm investing in transformational Proptech and Fintech start-ups that solve pain points and drive new, customer-centric business models. [FinExtra]

June 11

  • The future of PBSA: its investment and growth opportunities – Christopher Holloway, GSA’s Director of Business Development [Property Investor Today]
  • Cain International to provide Vita Group with a £53 million loan to finance the development of a 496-bed PBSA scheme in Coventry [Real Asset Insight]
  • Large numbers of US unis plan return to in-person teaching this fall [The PIE News]

June 10

  • Greystar value-add fund hits €725m as targets major cities. The vehicle will acquire and develop purpose-designed, professionally managed rental residential assets including purpose-built student accommodation [Real Asset Insight]

June 9

  • Savills predicts demand for operational real estate across Europe forecasting top 'youthful' and 'aged' cities [Property Funds World]
  • Student accommodation marketplace Casita has announced a partnership with recruitment platform Adventus.io. [The PIE News]
  • DoveVivo continues its international expansion project and opens its first 50 rooms and expecting to reach 650 rooms by the end of the year [DoveVivo]
  • The UK Student Accommodation Conference Round-Up [StarRez]
  • StarRez hosts roundtable with CUBO and Customers - how effective marketing can be to manage the booking and contracts [StarRez]

June 8

  • Council rejects 28-storey Manchester student resi tower over ‘poor quality cladding’. The 550-bedroom scheme for developer Fusion Students would have included a gym, cinema, karaoke room and study spaces. [Building]

June 7

  • Student accommodation provider, Student Roost and innovative hybrid agency, Accommodation.co.uk have teamed up to create a ‘revolutionary’ booking process for university students. [Property Investor Today]
  • Empiric Student Property, UK PBSA operator, sees rentals rise even with lockdown learning. Applications from China have spiked by 21%. [City A.M.]

June 6

  • U.Hub advances with new 498 bed student residence in Lumiar. The operator has an ongoing investment plan of 60 million euros in Lisbon and Porto. U.Hub Investments is led by Jaime Antunes, Hugo Gonçalves Pereira and asset manager ATRIUM. It established an agreement with the Belgian group Xior, covering the entire portfolio of residences in Portugal, a deal closed in 2019 for 130 million euros. [(Re)Portugal]

June 4

  • Providers push for UK quarantine alternatives amid capacity concerns [The PIE News]
  • Hines wins tender for new regeneration project in Milan. One area will be dedicated to purpose-built accommodation for students and young professionals, with 1,100 beds, operated by CampusX [Real Asset Insight]

June 3

  • UK student accommodation provider London Nest has launched a new careers service for international students and young professionals. [StudyTravel]
  • Demand for UK accommodation from international students remains sluggish [Property Week]
  • Irish Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said rules around upfront rents for purpose built student accommodation are to be changed. [News Talk]
  • CRM Students expands to Italy, with the help of their new Italian Head of Operations Christiano Della Noce. [CRM Students]
  • Xior welcomes Marieke Bax as new director to further strengthen their presence in the Dutch market, which currently represents more than 50% of the portfolio. [Xior Student Housing]
  • The natural and most popular options open for students transitioning from halls is either Co-living or Build to Rent writes Travis Knipe, StarRez CEO [BTR News]

June 2

  • The PBSA sector must adjust to students’ needs in the post-Covid landscape [Property Reporter]
  • Find out how The Stay Club assists in building a community among their residents, how this has been affected by COVID, and how they have been able to meet each resident’s unique demands – Join the call with ASK4’s Adam Newton [ASK4]

June 1

  • “Generation rent is here to stay as tenants want flexibility” says Adina David, Director of Urban Living, Greystar [Real Asset Insight]
  • CampusX open new Milan hub as Italy’s PBSA market booms [Real Asset Insight]
  • International real estate advisor, Savills, will be responsible for marketing the Wave Campus, a student residence near NOVA University’s Faculty of Science and Technology Lisbon, which will be home to around 330 students. [Savills]

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