The Class Conference 2018

From Post-Industrial City to the New Urban Campus

Date
November 14-15, 2018
Venue
Milan, Italy
About
Attendees

About

The Class Conference is the biggest Conference on student living in Europe. Over two days, the student housing industry, city leadership and the higher education community come together to pick up on the latest student living developments and trends, exchange ideas, and cultivate their networks. Together we shape the future of living, working, and learning in Europe.

Theme

The past decade can be considered nothing less than a miraculous one in human innovation. More ideas and products have been realised than any decade before, with greater flows of people, goods, and services between cities, countries, and continents. In this new, global world order, life goals and work preferences are changing too. Younger generations are steering clear of the isolated office parks of the second half of the 20th century as they seek more integrated, compact communities offering many different lifestyle opportunities and spatial uses. Not only is this seen as more desirable than the hospital-like sterility of suburbia, but it is also better for business in the ‘idea’-based economies of the 21st century. However, as more people pour into cities to consume and contribute to the innovative atmosphere of dense, human capital-rich centres, they also run into the physical roadblocks of the cityscapes, structures, and infrastructures not yet adapted to their new needs. But where challenges exist, opportunities arise. A key challenge in many cities comes in the form of abandoned, former industrial areas. However, as the industrial world of the last century crumbles away, it has left in its wake not only the challenges of relatively vacant, post-industrial spaces but also ‘concrete playgrounds’ for the creative, entrepreneurial spirits of their respective cities. These brownfield sites are ripe opportunities for transformation, perfect for cultivation into idea breeding grounds by the municipalities they lie within. Likewise, for local knowledge centres like universities, there is a strong desire to reposition within a post-industrial world, to leverage the changes around us, including reimagining and redefining former industrial landscapes to act as urban campuses where their students can experiment and learn to contribute to new societal wants and needs of our new, global world-order.

Takeaways

  1. Universities are the spark to creating local and regional innovation ecosystems says Julie Wagner. The re-make of the urban campus at the heart of the city is the ultimate mash-up of living, working and learning – in new hybrid typologies.
  2. Education is a key anchor for large scale complex urban area developments, according to Vincent Rouget. For PBSA the easy times are over, so value creation through product development and a strong focus on operations is key.
  3. Alternatives underpinned by a long-term structural trend are increasingly attractive. The Conference reports a pipeline in Europe now accounting for 350 projects & 105,000 beds, with a focus on Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg and Vienna.
  4. Students bring a lot to cities like London, Rotterdam and Milan. The Urban Campus panel discussed how to develop these petri-dishes for innovation and why the European Investment Bank believes in funding university development.
  5. Milan could double its international student population. The Milano Urban Campus Advisory Project, presented to Deputy Mayor Maran, outlined a unique opportunity to bring 300 million euros worth of economic impact and 4,500 new jobs to Milan. This requires a rapid increase of both the number of English-taught programmes and the provision/quality of housing for international students.
  6. Student wellbeing was all over The Class Conference 2018 and we are happy to report that the stigma around mental health is shifting. We must continue to talk openly about this, as it is okay to not be okay!
  7. Students lead the way when it comes to housing preferences! We are thankful to all students that joined our Campfire Chat. Building community is imperative.
  8. The inspiring co-revolution panel highlighted how quickly co-living and co-working typologies are blending. The blurred lines around PBSA result in new conceptions of space and place.
  9. The Global Outlook panel discussion underlined the potential of PBSA investments across global markets. Mobility trends are now quickly shaping demand in markets like Mexico, India, South Africa, Colombia.
  10. With 650 attendees coming from 27+ countries, strong presence of the higher education industry and the many students involved, the 2018 European Class Conference was bigger and better than ever before. Thanks for shaping the future of living, working and learning together!

In the News

Speakers

Julie Wagner

Non-Resident Fellow

The Brookings Institution

Vincent Rouget

Partner

Aermont

Pierfrancesco Maran

Vice Mayor

Municipality of Milan

Clare Melhuish

Director

UCL Urban Lab

Anna Canato

Head of Education & Public Research Division

European Investment Bank

Aaron Maskrey

Head of Research & Intelligence

GSA

Rasa Strumskyte

Co-Founder

Talent Garden

James Halstead

Director Head of UK & IE

Black Rock

Deb Schmidt-Rogers

Assistant Vice President and Director of Residence Life

Loyola Univesity Chicago

Jeremy Bamberg

Co-Founder

Factory

Charlie Macgregor

CEO

The Student Hotel

Neil Burton

Global Practice Lead

Greystar

Obi Okwuadigbo

MD Group Accommodation

Coventry University

Paloma Lisboa

Director of Operations

King's College London

Wim de Waard

Student Housing Specialist

De Key

Brian Welsh

CEO

Nido Student

Leon Ifayemi

Co-Founder & CEO

SPCE

Matteo Fantoni

Architect

Matteofantoni Studio

Job van Maurik

Executive Director

Erasmus University College

Rebecca O'Hare

Head of Residence Life

Campus Living Villages

Jonathan Burrows

Founder & CEO

ASK4

Conal Newland

Director Student Accommodation

Savills Australia & New Zealand

Carlos Cano

Commercial & Marketing Director

Resa

Carmen Neghina

Head of Intelligence

StudyPortals

Nik Ratcliff

VP Sales & Customer Solutions

HousingAnywhere

Cyril Jessua

CEO

Uniplaces

Emilio Faroldi

Vice-Rector

Politecnico Milano

Carlo Matta

Head of Europe

CA Ventures

Heather Wray

Sustainability Expert

The Student Hotel

Clément Leroy

Director Real Estate Development

Kaufman & Broad

Sean McKeown

Managing Director

Arlington Advisors

Christian Scheuerl

Managing Director & COO

Staytoo, MPC Micro Living Development

Andrea Galardi

CEO & Co-Founder

rtmliving

Justin Hamer

Partner & COO

BaseCamp Student

Stewart Moore

CEO

CRM Students

Christin Schöder

Fund Manager European Residential

Catella

Eri Cuanalo

CEO

Collegiate

Hans Meyer

Managing Director & Co-Founder

Zoku

Georg-Christian Rueb

Senior Portfolio Manager

Union Investment

Marcus Roberts

Director

Savills

Andrew Smith

European PBSA Investment Advice

Cushman & Wakefield

Jo Winchester

Executive Director

CBRE

George Dyer

Partner

Cushman & Wakefield

Harald Hübl

Investment Director

Value One

Chiara Rizzica

Project Manager

Fondazione Housing Sociale

Anthony Allen

Operations Director

The Nido Collection

Horst Lieder

Chairman & Founder

International Campus

Luca Martinazzoli

Director of Urban Marketing

Municipality of Milan

Stefano Pagliani

Investment Analyst

Hines

Demetrio Scopelliti

Advisor to the Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning

Municipality of Milan

Federico Rossi

Deputy Managing Director

Camplus

Cecilia Castelli

Consultant

The European House - Ambrosetti

Raj Kotecha

Co-Founder & MD

Amro Real Estate Partners

Paul Marshall

Group Business Development Manager

UPP

Samuel Vetrak

CEO

BONARD

Felix Hillen

Managing Director

The Student Hotel

Jurrien de Koning

Managing Director

Hines

Rob Crowther

Group Sales Director

ASK4

Giacomo Biraghi

Founder & CEO

Secolo Urbano

Stuart Osborn

Job Title

Knight Frank

Advising on the disposal, acquisition, development and funding of student and residential investment assets.

Xavier Bodart

Director

Odalys Campus

Polina Popova

Global Business Development Director, Education Accommodation

Assa Abloy

Christopher Hütwohl

Investment Director

Corestate

Luke Nolan

Founder & CEO

Student.com

Alec McKenzie

Project Sales Director

Loft Interiors

Sandra Aznar

Head of IR & Business Development

Xior Student Housing

Marc Koehler

Founder & Owner

Marc Koehler Architects

Niels Koenen

Senior Consultant Specialist Markets

CBRE

Nicolas Bearelle

CEO

Re-Vive

Nick Proctor

Founder & CEO

Amber Energy

Antoinette Zuidweg

President

TEDxBocconiU

Luca Bovone

Founder & CEO

Habyt

Michael Dimelow

Co-Founder & CIO

Accelerated Digital Ventures

Eelco Siersema

Director of Real Estate

De Key

Steve Furst

Founder Partner & Director

Valeo Groupe Americas

Attending Organisations

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Aareal Bank AG
Absolute Internship SL
Accelerated Ventures
Aermont Capital LLP
AIG Investments
Amber Energy
Amro Real Estate Partners Limited
Arlington Advisors
ASK4
ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions
Asset Time Invest
AXA Real Estate Investment Managers SA
Bain Capital
BE REAL Investment Management
Bees Communication
Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH
BigCity
Blackrock Real Assets
BNP Paribas Reim Sgr pA
Bocconi University
CA Ventures
Caiazzo Donnini Pappalardo  Associati
Caiazzo Donnini Pappalardo & Associati
Camplus
Campusx srl
CARDINAL CAMPUS
Carrowmore Property
Catalan Government Trade & Investment office
Catella Residential Investment Management GmbH
CBRE
City of Milan
CO-LIVING ITALY S.R.L.
COIMA
Collegiate AC
CONDUCTOR
Consolo Real Espace srl
Copernico
Corestate
Cresco Projektentwicklungs GmbH
Crystal Facilities Management Ltd
CUBO
Curlew Capital Limited
Cushman & Wakefield
CZA Cino Zucchi Architetti
David Phillips Furniture Limited
De Key
Dovercourt Capital
DoveVivo
Edinburgh Room Rentals Ltd. TA City Room Rentals
Equitix
Erasmus University College
Erasmus University Rotterdam
EucA
European Investment Bank
European University Institute
EUROSTATE
Factory Berlin
FlatFit App
FLEXIPASS Keyless Mobile Access
Fondazione Housing Sociale
Forestay Development
Foruminvest Italia Srl
FUNDACIÓ GASPAR ESPUÑA - CETT
Fusion Students

Future Generation
G&K Consulting
Gastameco
Generation Estates Ltd
GENT HOLDING S.A.
GIC
Glide
Global Student Accommodation
Greystar
Gylemuir Capital
Hamlet student flats
Harrison Street
Hines
Homelike Internet GmbH
Hora Capital
Ies abroad
iLOQ Nederland B.V.
In-Domus srl
Innovation Lighthouse
International Campus (IC)
Investec
JLL
Karlin Group
Kaufman&Broad
KERVIS ASSET MANAGEMENT SPA
King's College
KKR
Knight Frank
Lappeenranta Student Housing Foundation
Lendlease s.r.l.
LLOGO
LOFT
Maastricht University
Marc Koehler Architects
Matteo Fantoni Studio
ModulPanel
MPC Micro Living Development GmbH
Municipality of Milan
NEXITY
Next Step Hospitality BV
NSP Security Ltd
Odalys Campus
OeAD-WohnraumverwaltungsGmbH
Osborne Clarke
Park Associai S.r.l.
PaytoStudy
Petals Global
Pineapple Contracts
PKF Hotels
Platform
Politecnico di Milano
PRELIOS SGR
projects.xyz
PSP Investments
Pure Capital Markets Srl
Quares Student Housing
Real Estate Venture Capital Management LLP
RealPage
Resa
Revive
RoomClean
Round Hill Capital
RWTH Aachen University
RWTH Campus Melaten GmbH

Saboga Holdings Limited
SALTO Systems
San Francisco State University
Savills
Seaforde Limited
SecoloUrbano
Secunda Italia srl
Sherrard
Siemens AG
Siemens Healthineers
Society
Soges Srl
Staytoo
Stiftelsen Stockholms studentbostäder
Stonehill Group
Studapart
Student Roost
Student-Furniture
Student.com
Studentbostäder i Linköping AB
Studenthousing Comppany Joensuun Elli
StudentMarketing
Summix Capital
Super Agency B.V.
SWPS Uniwersytet Humanistycznospołeczny
Talent Garden
Taste sr
Teatro Dell'Opera di Roma
TedxBocconi
Temprano Capital Partners
TH RE Administration Limited
The European House
The Nido Collection
The Pie
The Student Hotel
The Student Village Foundation of Turku
TPG
Uhouzz London Limited
Uliving
Unilodgers
UniNow
Union Investment Institutional Property GmbH
Uniplaces Ltd.
Unipol
Università della Svizzera italiana
Università di Padova
Universität Hamburg
University College London
University of Bologna
University of Edinburgh
University of Kent
UniZest Ltd
Upartments Real Estate/YOUNIQ
Upgrade Estate
Urban Insight
URBANIA REAL ESTATE ASSET MANAGEMENT S.L
Valeo Groupe
Walker Modular Ltd
Wifirst
WP Carey
Xior Student Housing
YOUNIQ Spain
Zeitraum s.r.o.
Zoku

The Class Conference Media Partners

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Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

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Other Sponsors

City of Milan
Local Ambassador
Talent Garden
Local Ambassador
European Commission
Local Ambassador
Coima
Official Supplier
Lufthansa
Official Supplier
Collegiate
University Engagement Sponsor
LOFT
Official Supplier