Market Update Central Europe

Regional Session NL

June 6th, 2019
Loyens & Loeff Offices, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Investing in talented minds requires establishing ecosystems to accommodate them during studies and beyond, a reality made more urgent by ambitious university admissions targets. With its thirteen research universities consistently ranked in the top 250 worldwide, The Netherlands continues to draw international students and young professionals with inexpensive English-taught courses and excellent job prospects. This emerging generation of students and young professionals require inspiring facilities in which to learn, research, live and work. Accommodating, retaining, and maximising the catalytic benefits of talent in Dutch university-cities will therefore require collaboration, strong partnerships, and significant financial investment in the built environment.

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Annisa Dian Prima

Investment Manager


Arnold Persoon

Managing Director, Europe


Dimphy van Wijk

Head of Real Estate Benelux

The Student Hotel

Hero Knol

Director Specialist Markets Valuation & Advisory Services


Jessica Peters-Hondelink

Managing Director

Nyenrode Business University Amsterdam

Leo Hertog

Senior portfolio Manager Real Estate

APG Asset Management

Loek van Doorn


Hotel Jansen

Nikos Nakos


IamExpat Media

Robin Pascoe

Owner & Editor

Dutch News

Sander Lapré

Director Shared Services

Hotelschool The Hague

Yoony Kim

Managing Director

The Class Foundation

Bringing together the intertwined industries, including higher education, real estate, and European university cities.


  1. The Netherlands continues to attract highly skilled internationals as a ‘value-for-money’ destination. Students and young professionals come for excellent academic institutions, an attractive quality of life and welcoming political climate. The biggest challenges for internationals moving to (and staying in) The Netherlands include securing affordable housing, finding an inclusive community and landing a job.
  2. While the concept of a ‘campus’ in The Netherlands is limited to a few key examples, higher education institutions, businesses and housing providers continue to make Amsterdam itself a campus.
  3. There are exciting opportunities to regenerate while increasing the supply of student accommodation through adding beds outside of city centres, but doing so successfully will require careful deliberation in keeping the campus open, mitigating time and travel costs and managing student expectations.
  4. The future of PBSA might include an increasing role of technology in resident management, increased emphases on sustainability and wellness and modular building.
  5. We will likely see more blending of student accommodation and young professional living as investor-operators pursue the potential widening target groups has in The Netherlands.


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