The Best In Class Awards 2018

Celebrating Industry Achievements

November 14th, 2018
UniCredit Pavilion, Milan, Italy
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The Best in Class Awards celebrate the companies, institutions and individuals going that extra mile in making student living more efficient, welcoming and professional. The 8 Awards Categories will allow all sectors of the student living community to get the opportunity to be formally recognised.


Samuel Vetrak

Founder & CEO


Samuel has over 20 years’ experience advising governments, destinations, investors, developers, and operators.

Charlotte Steedman



João Pinto


Erasmus Student Network

Erica Sjölin

Head of Member Services and Relations


Jorick Beijer

Urbanist & Director


Leon Ifayemi

CEO & Founder


Carmen Neghina

Thought Leadership Manager


Michael Dimelow

Co-Founder & CIO

Accelerated Digital Ventures

Best City Talent Attraction


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.

Best Co-Revolution


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.

Best Goodwill Initiative



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!

Best Student Housing Property


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.

Best Student Housing Operator


The Student Housing Company

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.

Best Property Innovation & Sustainability


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.

Outstanding Mental Wellbeing Initiative


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.

Outstanding University Housing Office


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.