Regional Forum

NL & BE

The State of Student Living

Thursday, June 16, 2022

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The second edition of The Class Regional Forum series will take place in Amsterdam and cover the saturated Dutch and Belgian markets. The day includes site tours, a networking lunch, data insights, a dialogue on policy reform, a keynote address, and a panel discussion featuring diverse experts from the sector.

Agenda

10:00 am

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12:45 pm

Site Tours

We've organised tours of student housing sites operated by some of our community partners around Amsterdam. These tours highlight a diverse range of innovative student/shared living concepts that are disrupting the sector. Attendees will be assigned to a group and given more details about where to go and when.

We ask that you arrange your own transportation between locations.

Site Tours

10:00 am

-

12:45 pm

Site Tours

We've organised tours of student housing sites operated by some of our community partners around Amsterdam. These tours highlight a diverse range of innovative student/shared living concepts that are disrupting the sector. Attendees will be assigned to a group and given more details about where to go and when.

We ask that you arrange your own transportation between locations.

Site Tours

1:00 pm

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2:00 pm

Tax and Legalities Q&A

Join experts from our venue host, Loyens & Loeff, who will be answering your questions surrounding taxation and the legalities of entering the student housing market in the Netherlands and Belgium. There will be limited capacity in the room (25 people maximum) and in-person seating will be first come, first served. If you arrive late, you will still be able to watch a livestream nextdoor and submit your questions via our virtual event platform.

Speaker

Paul Visser

Counsel - Attorney at Law
Loyens & Loeff

Speaker

Olivia Oosterlynck

Associate - Attorney at Law
Loyens & Loeff
Tax and Legalities Q&A

2:00 pm

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2:45 pm

Networking Lunch

Grab a healthy bite, take a moment to regroup, and then (re)connect with your fellow executives from The Class Community. This is your chance to generate leads, strike up new initiatives,  or just catch up on the latest industry gossip.

Networking Lunch

2:45 pm

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3:00 pm

Welcome Remarks

Founder and CEO of The Class Foundation Frank Uffen will deliver some opening remarks welcoming attendees to the Regional Forum and to Vienna.

Speaker

Frank Uffen

Co-Founder
The Class Foundation

Welcome Remarks

3:00 pm

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3:50 pm

Internationalisation of Dutch HE & Policy Reform Panel Discussion

Our first panel brings a diverse group of stakeholders together into a dialogue aimed at identifying the complex challenges that have come with the internationalisation of HE and the workforce of the Netherlands. Before kicking off the conversation, an overview of the Dutch National Action Plan for Student Housing will be delivered by our Co-Founder, CEO, and Panel Moderator Frank Uffen. Approaching the issue from several angles, panel participants will have the opportunity to contextualise current trends while also highlighting mutual dependencies between stakeholders involved in the business of housing and education. Topics covered will range from the internationalisation of the workforce, tensions that arise from the influx of foreigners into the Netherlands, and the need for public-private partnerships and collaboration to address the issue systemically. The discussion will also include data insights from Nuffic on international students' countries of origin and retention rates.

Moderator

Frank Uffen

Co-Founder & CEO
The Class Foundation

Speaker

Gerko Visée

Adviser
The Hague International Centre

Speaker

Kees Terlouw

Assistant Professor and Researcher
Utrecht University

Speaker

Florine Snethlage

Communications Officer
Nuffic

Speaker

Patricia Klopf, Ph.D.

Policy Advisor
HousingAnywhere

Speaker

Dennis Gronert

Real Estate & Campus Development
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Internationalisation of Dutch HE & Policy Reform Panel Discussion

3:50 pm

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4:20 pm

Break & Reception

Catch up with members of The Class Community, both old and new. We'll have some light refreshments, tea, and coffee available in the open reception area. If you're looking for a private 1-1 meeting with any of our on-site or virtual attendees, head on over to this page to set one up.

Break & Reception

4:20 pm

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4:45 pm

Data Insight

The Dutch and Belgian student housing markets are characterised by a severe shortage of PBSA. In the Netherlands, only 12% of student accommodations are privately owned and operated, whereas in Belgium the figure is even lower at 9%. Because the Netherlands has been embroiled in a housing crisis for over a decade, students have been relegated to the bottom of the priorities list, after other residents such as young professionals and families. In Netherlands, the housing crisis at large has pushed student housing specifically down the list of priorities. Furthermore, commercial PBSA remains shrouded in stigma for being expensive. When it first came on the scene, commercial student housing took off in the Netherlands. However, in recent years, tenders have become exceedingly harder to get. Is Belgium experiencing similar challenges, or are things different south of the border? What impact will the Dutch National Action Plan have regarding the future of PBSA in the Netherlands? We unpack these pressing questions in our session in Amsterdam on 16 June, and invite you to join this insightful conversation.

Speaker

Stuart Osborn

Head of European Residential Investment Transactions
Knight Frank
Data Insight

4:45 pm

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5:30 pm

The State of Student Living Panel Discussion

The main panel of the day tries to address the issues raised in the first panel from the solution & opportunity-oriented perspective of investors, developers, and operators. The prognosis of the Dutch National Action Plan for Student Housing is that in the near future, Dutch PBSA will be short of over 60k student rooms. Yet, adding this many beds to the market in the coming years is no easy feat – so how do operators plan to respond to this gap in supply? What role do investors, policy-makers, developers, and operators see themselves playing in the solution space? And how do we tackle the complex constraints surrounding land acquisition, rent-allowance, and point-systems in the Netherlands if we're to introduce new properties that will ease the housing shortage? How do the panellists see the role between the social and commercial sectors evolving? Are there new forms of partnership that are better equipped to address the crisis? And finally, what international examples can Dutch student housing learn from?

Moderator

Brian Welsh

Managing Director and Head of Student
Round Hill Capital

Speaker

Hanneke Bausch-Jansen

Regional Operations Manager
Greystar

Speaker

Jesse Boom

Manager of New Initiatives and Acquisitions
Lieven de Key

Speaker

Juliette Willemse

COO
Student Experience

Speaker

Anneleen Lagae

Director
DUWO Student Housing
The State of Student Living Panel Discussion

Attendees

Site Tour

OurDomain Amsterdam South East

OurDomain Amsterdam South is the next place to be: directly next to Holendrecht station and a few metro stops away from the city centre, the apartments complex consists of three modern buildings surrounding a spacious green park. Built for students, young professionals, couples, families, and those who want to share and find an apartment in Amsterdam with their friend: OurDomain features furnished and unfurnished apartments that suit every need, along with a number of top-notch facilities.

Meeting Point

Site Tour

De Key Poeldijkstraat

Lieven de Key has built 500 social rental homes for international students in the Delflandplein neighborhood on Poeldijkstraat. The Poeldijkstraat can be found next to the Delflandplein shopping center in Amsterdam Nieuw-West, just inside the A10 ring road. The new building also contains communal areas, such as a study room, living room, and kitchen where active residents can come together.

Meeting Point

Site Tour

Want to be a host?

Are you interested in becoming a site tour host? This opportunity is for Vienna-based student housing operators that can show up to 100 executive attendees around their building. The hosting sponsors should offer refreshments on arrival and arrange for their staff to guide visitors. In exchange, we will help you gain visibility pre- and post-event by offering promotional materials, mentions on our social media channels, and photos taken during the tours. This is a great chance to open your doors to our community of impact-driven leaders within the student living sector, showing them what makes your site stand out from the rest.

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