The Class Conference 2021

People - place - purpose

Date
17-18 November 2021
Venue
Hybrid - Amsterdam
About
Attendees
Programme
Registration
FAQ
Every year, movers and shakers in the student housing sector come to The Class Conference to connect and reconnect, to share and be inspired. This event isn't just the largest student housing conference in Europe – it's our time together as individual leaders, and as a collective at large.

Since our first conference a decade ago, our community has grown to encompass over 90 student housing players, city leaders, and members of the higher education community. As a result of this rapid growth, The Class has become an unmatched engine of opportunity; we've kickstarted new business models, promoted and supported cross- border collaborations, and built up a multi-disciplinary support network helping our members to tackle shared challenges with ease.

This year, as we come out of a global pandemic which shook the world to its foundations, many in our community are beginning to wonder how "the new normal" will manifest in their day-to-day operations. That's where we come in with great ideas and bold solutions. We identified four game changers for the industry, and we're dedicating our 2021 conference to exploring these key themes.
About

Key Themes

  • Harnessing Investment: Europe’s Recovery Plan is set to reshape its cities by investing billions of euros into urban revitalisation projects. We’ll look at the macro-scale – focusing on what cities are doing to train and retain young professionals, and touching on what this means for students seeking new ways to upskill, reskill, collaborate, and co-create as they enter the workforce.
  • Scaling Social Impact: Whenever sustainability comes up, there’s a lot of talk about balancing people, planet, and profit. Yet, true systems change requires all hands-on deck. We’ll dive into what we as a community will need to do to achieve social value.
  • Forging a Common Agenda: We need new models of public-private partnership to spread innovations and bring about lasting change. This theme revolves around stakeholder engagement, goal-setting, collective learning, accountability, policy-making, and regulation.
  • Envisioning the student experience of tomorrow: Networked, collective intelligence allows us to cut through the noise as we widen the solution space in student accommodation. We’ll explore which trends and signals in education, mobility, sustainability, digitisation, and urbanisation are worth keeping an eye on.
Previous Conferences
To give you an idea of what you can expect, you can view
our previous conferences on Youtube.

Why Attend The Class Conference?

Gain Insights

Together with our partners and provocative thinkers we set the
agenda for our industry.

Grow Your Network

If you want to tap into the European student housing sector, this is the
place to be.

Celebrate Achievements

With The Best in Class Awards, we recognise the organizations that are raising the bar for our industry.

Previous Conferences

See All
No items found.

The Class Conference in Numbers

Data from the The Class Conference in 2020
906
Attendees
12%
C-level attendees
270
Organizations
4.64/5
Avg. attendee rating

Representation

Great Britain 39%,
Netherlands 16%,
Germany 8%,
Spain 5%,
Italy 5%,
Other 27%

Attendee Testimonials

Brian Welsh

ceo

Nido student

"We really respect the work that The Class is doing in expanding the footprint of the student accommodation sector and challenging local governments and those of us within the sector to continue to evolve, adapt, improve, deliver great services for students and continue to be a force."

Rosemary Feenan

International director

JLL

“At The Class Conference we are talking about student housing, attracting students, retaining them and making their lives easier, more productive and more useful to the cities, the economy and to give them a better experience.”

Henri Vuong

Director of Research & Market Information

INREV

“The diversity of the people who come together at The Class Conference is really amazing. I don’t think that you can get as much diversity in any other type of conference.”

Paula Dalziel

Residential life manager

Manchester Metropolitan university

“What surprised me most, is how willing everybody is to share the information they have on how they deliver.”

Jeremy Bamberg

Co-Founder

Factory

“There are a lot of potential partners both from the operation side and from the development side.”

Cecilia Castelli

Consultant

The European House Ambrosetti

“I love the productivity, the creativity, this is really worth the trip to find new ideas and to create useful collaborations.”

Stewart More

Chief Executive

CRM Students

“We come for two reasons: to meet new people and to expand our network and to learn about the cities.”

Martin Paul

President

Maastricht University

“Very much enjoyed participating in the 2020 conference. We had a good mix of participants, including a student voice.”

Horst Lieder

Chairman & Founder

IC Campus

“The marketplace for everybody who is part of the student accommodation sector in the real estate industry.”

Jacob Chai

Senior director of real estate

common

“This is hands down the coolest conference I’ve been to. The vibe, space, and the way it was all designed really put people into a collaborative mindset”

Tom White

Director

Glide UK

“It’s very impressive to see how the conference has grown. You’ve got the full UK and European market in one place sharing ideas and innovations. It’s quite an incredible place to be.”

Transportation

Flights (discounts)

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. At vero eos et accusam et justo duo dolores et ea rebum. Stet clita kasd

Public transportation

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. At vero eos et accusam et justo duo dolores et ea rebum. Stet clita kasd

Accommodation

Hotels (partner discounts)

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. At vero eos et accusam et justo duo dolores et ea rebum. Stet clita kasd

Useful information

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. At vero eos et accusam et justo duo dolores et ea rebum. Stet clita kasd

2 action-packed days in Amsterdam (and online)

If you’re joining us in person, on the Day 1, you can attend the site tours around Amsterdam highlighting a range of new innovative student/shared living concepts that are disrupting the sector:

  • Revamp: The Student Hotel, City
  • Hybridize: Student Experience, Minervahaven
  • Scale: Greystar, OurDomain Amsterdam South East
  • Transform: Cohesion Lofts, Rockfield
  • Diversify: Hoptillepad, Xior Student Housing

In the evening, you will join us to celebrate the organisations and initiatives at the forefront of the student/shared living, working, and learning at the 2021 Best in Class Awards ceremony followed by our exclusive annual Partners Dinner.

Day 2 is our day to look back and ahead at the forces shaping the industry. We'll kick-off the conference programme at De Hallen Studio's in Amsterdam and online for global audiences. Our in-person audience will experience a series of inspirational speakers and breakout discussions. Online attendees can join the sessions via livestream and have the chance to view exclusive pre-programmed content during the breakout discussions. The full programme will be available for download soon.

We hope this conference presents you with plenty of opportunities to learn new things, form meaningful connections, and have fun.

Speakers & Moderators

Omar Ali

Head of Marketing & Communications

The Class Foundation

Christine Boland

Trendwatcher

(Independent)

Maggie Childs

CEO

Home Town Media

Eri Cuanalo

CEO and Chair

Collegiate AC 

Adina David

Urban Living

Greystar Europe

TBD

COMING

SOON!

Ulrike Hagendorf

Senior Research Manager for European Residential

Catella

Adam Glaser

AIA | LEED AP

Planning and Strategy | Urban Designer

Brigit Gerritse

Executive Director

ULI

Billy Kontoulis

Business Development Director, Europe

Ask4

ZamZam Ibrahim

Vice President

European Students Union 

Chris Holloway

Director of Business Development

yugo

Charlie MacGregor

Founder & CEO

The Student Hotel  

Antony Lee

Founder

Global Young Minds 

Bill Kistler

Founder & Managing Partner

urbanovation

Djordy Seelmann

CEO

Housinganywhere

Carmen Neghina

Senior Marketing Analytics Consultant

StudyPortal 

Tim Moonen

Managing Director

Business of Cities 

Peter van der Hijden

Higher Education Strategy Advisor

(Independent)

Martijn van de Veen

Vice President of Business Development

ICEF

Frank Uffen

Chairman & Founder

the class foundation

Emma Young

Head of Community Experience

King’s College London 

Jo Winchester

Executive Director

CBRE

Kelly-anne Watson

Head of Programmes

The Class Foundation

Transportation

Flights (discounts)

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. At vero eos et accusam et justo duo dolores et ea rebum. Stet clita kasd

Public transportation

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. At vero eos et accusam et justo duo dolores et ea rebum. Stet clita kasd

Accommodation

Hotels (partner discounts)

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. At vero eos et accusam et justo duo dolores et ea rebum. Stet clita kasd

Useful information

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. At vero eos et accusam et justo duo dolores et ea rebum. Stet clita kasd

Registration

Transportation

Flights (discounts)

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. At vero eos et accusam et justo duo dolores et ea rebum. Stet clita kasd

Public transportation

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. At vero eos et accusam et justo duo dolores et ea rebum. Stet clita kasd

Accommodation

Hotels (partner discounts)

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. At vero eos et accusam et justo duo dolores et ea rebum. Stet clita kasd

Useful information

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. At vero eos et accusam et justo duo dolores et ea rebum. Stet clita kasd

More information

Can I sponsor this event?

Yes. You can fill out this sponsorship contact form to register your interest and our team will get back to you promptly.

Can I become a media partner of this event?

Yes. You can fill out this media partner contact form to register your interest and we will get back to you promptly.

Do you offer press passes for this event?

Yes. Please fill out this press pass form and we will get back to you soon.

Can I become an exhibitor at The Class Conference?

Yes. You can fill out this contact form to register your interest and we will get back to you promptly.

How much will a ticket cost?

Onsite tickets: Due to the covid restrictions the onsite tickets will be invite-only and partners will receive priority registration. In case you are eager to become a partner, you can reach out to our Head of Partnership, Manoel.

Online tickets: For the virtual experience we will be offering unlimited tickets which will be sold as of July 15th.

Where will The Class Conference take place?

For our 2021 conference, we're offering a hybrid experience from Amsterdam. A few selected partners/VIP guests will be joining us in Amsterdam whilst the rest can join virtually. The exact location will be announced at a later date.

When does The Class Conference take place?

Thursday November 18th, 2021. Visit our conference webpage to receive more information about this industry flagship event.

How can I contact your team?

You can contact us via the contact form or by calling Eveline, our Head of Marketing & Communication, via +31 (0)6 1107 8115.

Sponsors & Media

ASK4
Technology Partner
SALTO Systems
Silver Sponsor
StudyTravel
Media Partner
All Things Urban
Media Partner

Platinum Sponsors

No items found.

Gold Sponsors

No items found.

Silver Sponsors

Media Partners

Join our industry-leading community today!