The Best in Class Awards

previous Winners & Finalists

Winners & Finalists

Best City Talent Attraction

Winner

Barcelona City Council

Here's why:

The success and attractiveness of Barcelona is a triumph of constant urban regeneration. With an elegant talent attraction campaign, the Barcelona City Council has proven that a distributed network of innovation hubs is a great way of absorbing international talent. We especially value the focus on social engagement that the City Council offers to newcomers, rooting them better in local society.

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2018

Best Sustainable Property

Winner

BaseCamp Lyngby Sustainable 2020

Here's why:

Besides it’s unique design and features, BaseCamp’s Lyngby location managed to incorporate sustainability throughout each phase of planning, construction, and operation. Their willingness to share knowledge with fellow operators is also commendable, as they stated, "When it comes to sustainability we do not see other student housing businesses as competitors. As such, we share our ideas to help achieve the common goal of more sustainable properties and communities.

Finalist

Student Experience Amsterdam Minervahaven

Finalist

Upgrade Estate - BRO Upkot

2020

Best City Talent Attraction

Winner

Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie

Here's why:

Showcases a clear commitment and innovation in attracting talent.

Finalist

Invest Stockholm

2019

Best Property Innovation & Sustainability

Winner

ByggVesta - Kosterhavet

Here's why:

ByggVesta proved that they are committed to environmental sustainability having designed this student residence as a highly-energy efficient passive house. It also uses Envac’s efficient vacuum waste collection systems. Moreover, with ByggVesta’s “Live to Grow” initiative, the Kosterhavet project has an organized circular economy, helping to reduce the overall waste from the residents.

Finalist

OeAD - Mineroom

Finalist

Wohnbauvereinigung für Privatangestellte, OeAD, home4students - PopUp Dorms

Finalist

Einar Mattsson and Semrén, Manssons - Kvarteret Forkningen

Finalist

Sit - Moholot 50|50, NO - Sustainable

Finalist

The Student Hotel - Wibaustraat Sun Station

2016

Best Operator of the Year

Winner

CRM Students 2017

Here's why:

This entry was particularly strong in its inclusivity and partnership to bring mental health into close focus within their own operations.

Finalist

Collegiate AC operator 2017

Finalist

Staytoo Apartments Operator

Finalist

Resa 2017 operator

Finalist

Student Experience-2017-operator

2017

Outstanding Mental Wellbeing Initiative

Winner

Campus Living Villages

Here's why:

Outstanding involvement from students, showing great commitment towards removing stigma, and clearly showing this is nowhere near their finishing line with a commitment to the following year evidenced.

Finalist

Manchester Metropolitan University 2018

2018

Best City Talent Attraction

Winner

City of Berlin 2017

Here's why:

The application impressed the jury with its efforts around attracting talent, such as the #berlinjobs campaign and the talent-focused portal. Some really well thought through planning.

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2017

Best Operator of the Year

Winner

Collegiate AC Operator 2019

Here's why:

Strong attention to detail and flexibility in its approach.

Finalist

Upkot 2019 operator

Finalist

Nido Student 2019

2019

Best Remarkable Brand

Winner

Collegiate AC brand 2019

Here's why:

Well constructed approach to tenant need.

Finalist

GSA 2019

Finalist

Nido Student 2019 brand

2019

Best Digital Innovation

Winner

De Montfort University - SAVES2 project

Here's why:

Finalist

Chapps

Finalist

Amber Energy - The Student Energy Project

2019

Best Property Innovation & Sustainability

Winner

Einar Mattsson 2017

Here's why:

An impressive set of details that from the very conception has the goal to make the building sustainable and raise an environmental conscience among its residents. From the direction of the ceiling to how the floor is heated, everything is thought to make sure that no energy is wasted.

Finalist

ZedFactory

Finalist

KKR IMO SA

2017

Outstanding Public-Private Cooperation

Winner

GSA Public-Private 2019

Here's why:

A strong property focus with good supporting material.

Finalist

Navitas

2019

Best New Shared Living Development

Winner

Greystar OurDomain

Here's why:

When speaking of blended living, this property sets the standard as they impeccably incorporated placemaking into their design and operations. In doing so, they have managed to blend varying household typologies and fully embrace the local community and environment. Additionally, the jury commended the vast amenities available to the residents and surrounding community.

Finalist

BaseCamp Lyngby shared living 2020

Finalist

DoveVivo Bligny28

2020

Best Campus

Winner

Imperial College London – HyFlex Classrooms

Here's why:

In response to this year’s disruption in teaching, Imperial College Business School (ICBS) created HyFlex classrooms with the ability to deliver high-quality teaching in a multi-modal scenario. David Lefevre, Director of the Business School’s Edtech Lab, said: “HyFlex classroom was developed as a pragmatic solution to an unfortunate situation. Recognizing that the present disruption is likely to be sustained, we wanted to give students the choice to attend their classes either on-campus or online throughout the academic year. However, it seems clear now that such flexibility is likely to be appreciated by students (and staff) in the longer term too.

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2020

Outstanding University Housing Office

Winner

King's College London 2016

Here's why:

King’s Residences runs a number of programmes for their residents from the moment they arrive throughout the year. This includes a housing guarantee for all incoming students, a meticulously run Move-In Weekend programme which has a 98% satisfaction rate, a well-supported affordable accommodation scheme, and their BeActive Programme which offers fun, weekly social sport and exercise activities. Moreover, their room allocation process is very effective with only 1 room swap requested out of 5,300 students placed in September 2016.

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2016

Best Goodwill Initiative

Winner

Kiron

Here's why:

Equal chances to access and succeed in higher education is paramount for inclusive cities and communities. Kiron’s mission to increase these chances for refugees, through digital solutions cannot resonate better with our mission at The Class Foundation. The learning opportunities that Kiron offers are providing bridges for refugees and asylum seekers over growing barriers, and we applaud that!

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2018

Outstanding University Housing Office

Winner

Manchester Metropolitan University

Here's why:

A superb example of a university going the extra mile to adapt its operations to meet student demands and give them as much control over selecting their accommodation and support once they arrive and start living in the residences

Finalist

University of Sheffield

2017

Best Resident Wellbeing

Winner

Nido Student Resident Wellbeing 2020

Here's why:

Each finalist more than proved their ambition to make resident wellbeing one of their top priorities, especially during the pandemic which hit students hard. NIDO Student rose above with their holistic approach to improving and addressing the wellbeing of their residents by creating cohesive communities through ambassador programmes and virtual events which were highly popular. Similarly, to other operators, NIDO Student also offered rental payment flexibility and financial support to their residents.

Finalist

Resa by Greystar Resident Wellbeing 2020

Finalist

CRM Resident Wellbeing 2020

Finalist

GSA Resident Wellbeing 2020

2020

Best Sustainable Property

Winner

Nido Student Sustainable 2019

Here's why:

Nido is showing clear signs of prioritizing sustainability on a range of levels, led by residents' feedback which is very positive.

Finalist

Upkot 2019 sustainable

Finalist

OeAD 2019

2019

Best City Talent Attraction

Winner

Paris, France - 15-Minute City

Here's why:

The 15-minute city embodies the departure from past to present-day urban planning as the pandemic and global warming has set the precedence to adopt a slower way of living. One where commuting time and carbon output is significantly reduced. Globally this concept is paving the way for planners and politicians to adapt to the new way of living in cities.

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2020

Outstanding Residence Life Initiative

Winner

Resa - Resa Hub

Here's why:

What distinguishes the project from other candidates’ is a wide range of activities organized for students, aiming not only to integrate but also to educate them. Furthermore, Resa Hub includes recreational, sports, and cultural activities, as well as solitary activities, which proves the project is ready to accommodate many different needs of the students. The aforementioned events are organized throughout the academic year, eliminating the possibility that some students might miss their chance to join in. Finally, students themselves can decide what activities they would like to have and participate in organizing them, which is a great opportunity to get to know people.

Finalist

White Arkitekter - MultiBO

Finalist

The Student Hotel - The Freshers' Week

2016

Best Goodwill Initiative

Winner

Resa 2017

Here's why:

Very well evidenced by projects that will ensure students actually get access to university education by working with them from very early stages; it also shows immense commitment to diversity & inclusion, going beyond its borders to promote a fairer world.

Finalist

Studentbostadsföretagen

Finalist

Uniplaces

2017

Best Co-Revolution

Winner

Staytoo Apartments 2017

Here's why:

Staytoo Apartments showed the most practical demonstration of public/private partnerships with its dovetailed planning with the university and use of space to house incoming teachers. A superb example of how to co-use housing space.

Finalist

The Student Hotel - corevolution

2017

Best Visionary Leadership

Winner

Stiftelsen Stockholms Studentbostäder

Here's why:

Run by students for students - fabulous concept and ability to give the target audience a real voice in how their accommodation needs are met.

Finalist

Upkot 2019 Leadership

Finalist

Xior Student Housing 2019

2019

Best Start-Up

Winner

Studapart

Here's why:

Finalist

LiveinSPCE

Finalist

Igloohome

Finalist

Lift BV

Finalist

Projects XYZ GmbH

2017

Best New Student Housing Development

Winner

Student Experience 2017

Here's why:

This was a very close competition as all submissions brought in a similar level of development of student accommodation, however, Student Experience showed a very thought-through commitment to student experience which deserves recognition among their peers.

Finalist

GSA - Nexo Residencias

Finalist

IC Development GmbH

Finalist

BaseCamp Student - 2017

Finalist

UPP

2017

Best Operator of the Year

Winner

Student Roost Operator 2020

Here's why:

With impressive COVID-19 measures in place, specifically focused on health, wellbeing, and community engagement, Student Roost more than earned this accolade. The jury also commended the financial flexibility offered to residents throughout the pandemic, truly paving the way for the increasingly popular flexible rental agreements.

Finalist

Student Experience Operator 2020

Finalist

Xior Student Housing Operator 2020

Finalist

Nido Student Operator 2020

2020

Best Co-Revolution

Winner

Talent Garden - Calabiana

Here's why:

Talent Garden is an outstanding example of how physical spaces revolutionize the ways in which talent is working, making, playing, and learning together. The TAG spaces accommodate a wide variety of like-minded people, being it in different phases of life. This creates a magnificent platform for inspiration.

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2018

Best Property Innovation & Sustainability

Winner

Temprano Capital Partners, Marques de Pombal

Here's why:

At Marques de Pombal they involve and put a lot of effort in the co-creation process, with development/design teams staying in the residences. Combined with surveys and other ways of feedback, this creates a good base for a customer-oriented, sustainable design. In addition to that, they have a clear connection and promotes social solidarity between the property and the neighborhood.

Finalist

OeAD 2018

Finalist

Upkot 2018 sustainability

2018

Best New Student Housing Development

Winner

The Student Hotel & BaseCamp Student

Here's why:

The idea of a ‘Complete Connected Community’ gives residents an opportunity to make new friends and meet new people on a daily basis.

Finalist

GSA España

Finalist

Temprano Capital Partners 2019

Finalist

Stiftelsen Chalmers Studenthem

2019

Best New Student Housing Development

Winner

The Student Hotel - Groningen, NL

Here's why:

The Student Hotel provides students with opportunities to meet and connect with other residents, for example by using shared kitchens where students can cook, eat and spend time together. Moreover, the building is innovative in the use of space. Its communal areas, such as the ground floor, offer even more possibilities to socialize, as they include a lounge, gym, and library. The hotel also offers a restaurant, the Pool, that is open to anyone, which allows residents to get to know one another but also to mingle with the locals. Additionally, the Student Hotel organizes year-round social activities for the residents.

Finalist

The Student Housing Company - Austen House, UK

Finalist

Svenska Studenthus - Campus Umea, SE

Finalist

Sit - Moholot 50|50, NO

Finalist

Resa - Claudio Coello, ES

Finalist

OeAD - Mineroom, AT

2016

Best New Student Housing Development

Winner

The Student Hotel - Lavagnini, Florence

Here's why:

This submission showed fabulous examples of co-living, and the ability to really engage with their local community to prepare students for their future.

Finalist

Xior Student Housing 2018

Finalist

Milestone 2018

Finalist

Temprano Capital Partners 2018

Finalist

Upkot 2018

2018

Best Operator of the Year

Winner

The Student Housing Company 2017

Here's why:

They offer a holistic approach to wellbeing from spiritual and mental health to physical and academic wellbeing, paired with a thoughtful and considered design mixing quiet and lively spaces. This is an excellent all-rounder-continuously looking to improve and evolve.

Finalist

Nido Student 2018

Finalist

Collegiate AC 2018

Finalist

StayToo Apartments 2018

Finalist

Prime Student Living

2018

Outstanding Residence Life Initiative

Winner

The University of Edinburgh 2017

Here's why:

Finalist

The Nido Collection

Finalist

NCL Network Cum Laude

2017

Best Student Well-Being

Winner

The University of Sheffield

Here's why:

Amazing effort in this area, with impact on students clearly underlined by overwhelmingly strong feedback from students.

Finalist

University of Edinburgh

Finalist

Student.com

Finalist

Student Living by Sodexo 2019

2019

Best Young Talent

Winner

Tom Martin - Student Living by Sodexo

Here's why:

It is clear Tom is an incredible talent, constantly looking to improve the student experience through innovation, transparency, and wellness. The nomination shows how passionate Tom is about community and ensuring his residents are part of that journey. An incredible young talent and ambassador for the blended living sector

Finalist

The Student Housing Company Australia

Finalist

Staytoo Apartments 2019

2019

Best Young Talent

Winner

Tom Starling - Greystar

Here's why:

Having joined the PBSA sector in 2017, Tom has managed to grow quickly, broaden his scope significantly, and positively impact Greystar’s operational efforts. He clearly showcases a strong understanding of the bigger picture and the impact his role has on it. Tom not only excels personally, as he also has a strong ambition to lead his team to success.

Finalist

Cem Ilhan - Spatial Experience

2020

Outstanding University Housing Office

Winner

University of Kent

Here's why:

The University of Kent Accommodation Office provides an unprecedented wealth of services to its students, especially during induction. Their sophisticated online booking environment, featuring virtual tours raises the bar of The Best in Class student experience.

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2018

Best PropTech

Winner

WeWash PropTech 2020

Here's why:

WeWash offers a very niche tool but its overall impact is significant as it’s a very practical solution to a long-standing problem. What was previously considered to be a supporting service can now lead operators to re-think the way they use their spaces. Instead of only thinking of laundry rooms as laundry rooms, WeWash manages to turn them into meeting places.

Finalist

GSA PropTech 2020

Finalist

Washstation PropTech 2020

2020

Best Campus

Winner

XU Exponential University of Applied Sciences

Here's why:

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2019