Service performance in the student housing sector, supply of purpose-built student accommodation, wellbeing and investment in blended living were among the themes at the Class Conference 2019, the annual gathering of the student housing sector, recently. Held at the Arena Berlin, Germany, last week, the annual event hosted by think tank The Class of 2020 welcomed a record delegation of more than 800 investors, operators, government officials and institutions for the one-day conference.

The Class Awards 2020 celebrated companies, institutions and individuals “going the extra mile in making student living more efficient, welcoming and professional”, with awards in 11 categories this year, covering areas such brand, sustainability, leadership, developments, campus and digital innovation. The theme of the Class Conference 2019 was ‘The Future is Blended’ and StudyTravel Magazine has already reported on research released showing that an estimated €25 billion is expected to be invested in student housing and blended living in the next five years by organisations in attendance at the conference.

Elsewhere at the event, there was a focus on market outlooks in several European destinations. Samuel Vetrak, CEO of Bonard, gave an overview of international student mobility in higher education and the ‘super trends’ impacting on the student housing sector: increasing demand for amenities; student housing as an increasingly attractive asset class; and the growing combination of student housing and ‘micro-living’.

It was announced that next year the conference will return to its origins in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. See The Class of 2020 website for details of its research, activities and events.

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