Engage in a complete day of profound strategic dialogues guided by industry specialists within the PBSA community, where they'll delve into crucial topics, including PBSA trends, innovative housing solutions, sustainability practices, public-private partnerships, student well-being, financial strategies, design optimization, international perspectives, policy considerations, operator best practices, PropTech advancements, affordability concerns, and more through case studies, keynote sessions, roundtables, panel discussions, and success stories.

This is your opportunity to collaborate and shape the trajectory of student accommodation for the future!

Please note: This content is accessible only to conference pass holders

Registration and Networking within Exhibitor Hall
Opening Address & Welcome from the Chair
A Global Outlook on the Sector - Insights and Predictions for 2024 and Beyond
  • What are the key trends in Student Property investment? Globally? Regionally?
  • Exploring the effects of high inflation and interest rates on student housing and managing the challenges of funding market illiquidity
  • Where does student property fit with the wider spectrum of Living Sectors and other property asset classes and how is it performing?
  • What are they key factors underpinning demand for Student Property globally?
  • Where are the challenges? Where are the opportunities?
  • How is the student property sector adjusting to the growth in ESG requirements?
  • Where does the UK & Europe sit within this changing landscape?
  • Where are the growth markets & is the sector now truly global
Panel: Did the 2023 Student Accommodation Market Influx Break the Mould or Was it Business as Usual?
  • Supply and demand of the whole market of student accommodation and its imbalance. How does the industry address it?
  • Uptake on apprenticeship.
  • Expectations for 2024

Moderated by: Lem Bingley, Editor, Property Week

Panel: Unlocking the Power of Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Leveraging Data for Dynamic Pricing Strategies
  • Data-Informed Refurbishment Approaches
  • Informed Development and Acquisition Decisions through Data
  • Addressing Accommodation Shortages: Using Data for Effective Planning

Moderated by: Paul Humphreys, CEO, Student Crowd

Panel: The Evolution of PBSA Funding: When Will The Bubble Burst? Why Still Lend?
  • Cost of construction and pricing drivers in the market
  • Will we see an influx of investors in the sector?
  • Addressing the cost of finance, new financial models, funding options, and investment strategies to develop and maintain PBSA infrastructure
  • Understanding ROI variations across different regions
  • Exploring the reasons why student accommodation is a preference and increasingly desirable asset class

Moderated by: Mark Quigley, Managing Director - UK Real Estate Finance, Beaufort Capital Management UK

Morning Refreshment Break and Networking within the Exhibition Hall

Networking and an opportunity to visit the Exhibition

Fireside Chat: Feeling the Squeeze - Balancing Student Affordability and Rising Costs
  • A fresh look at PRS vs PBSA in today’s market – which offers more affordability for students?
  • Addressing the student affordability crisis and analysing the impact of cost-of-living on student choices.

Moderated by: Paddy Jackman, CEO, Unipol

Panel: The Influence of the HMO Sector on PBSA and its Ramifications for Student Accommodation

Moderated by: Sarah Canning, Co-Founder & Director, The Property Marketing Strategists

Panel: Navigating Rental Reform Complexities
  • Understanding the impact of rental reform
  • Examining repercussions of recent measures
  • Analysing challenges and opportunities for stakeholders 
  • Snapshot of the current landscape with a future outlook - anticipating upcoming changes in regulatory policies and frameworks

Moderated by: Paddy Jackman, CEO, Unipol

Lunch Break and Networking within Exhibition Hall
Investors Panel: Market Appetite and Future Investment Roadmap in Europe/Iberia
  • Assessing the current market landscape and trends
  • Analysing the dynamics shaping the regions
  • Evaluating future growth potential and anticipated shifts in demand
  • Identifying key opportunities in the short and long term

Moderator: Brian Welsh, Founder, OPRE Solutions Ltd

PropTech Panel: Enhancing Digital Experiences in PBSA
  • Addressing current challenges in the industry
  • Exploring the potential of PropTech solutions
  • Identifying useful and effective technologies for commercial property and student accommodation
  • Must-have technology solutions that every operator should consider
  • Explore the integration of technology into existing legacy systems

Moderator: Lem Bingley, Editor, Property Week

Fireside chat: Energy Strategy – Minimising Bills and Maximising ESG Impact for PBSA & HMO

Daniel Cooper, Path Energy in conversation with Don Perry, Project Manager, Greystar and Thomas Elliott, CEO, We Are Kin.

Afternoon Refreshment Break and Networking Within the Exhibition Hall

Attendees will have the privilege to select and participate in the roundtables during the refreshment break. There will be 11 networking roundtables available, offering opportunities for engaging discussions with key take-aways shared on the tactical stage. View roundtable topics and host information

Key Take-Aways from the Roundtables on the Exhibition Stage

Each host will have 60 seconds to share the insights gained from the discussions

All-Star Panel: A Crystal Ball Future UK Market Outlook
  • Anticipating the market’s future trajectory and trends for operators, lenders, and investors

Moderated by: Duncan Garrood, CEO, Empiric Student Property


Ashley John-Baptiste shares his compelling story of growing up in care and being shunted between foster homes and care homes as a child. Despite this start and his struggle with early years education, he went on to a world leading university and is now an in demand broadcaster. University allowed Ashley to redefine his future. Despite his own imposter syndrome and childhood wounds, university became a safe space away from the trauma of his childhood. Ashley will reflect on his own experience and the people who positively shaped his life. In doing so, he aims and hopes to encourage everyone in the room to realise their own potential in being able to set others up to overcome and achieve. Regardless of job title, designation or experience, everyone has a sphere of influence and the potential to uplift others. Ashley will leave you inspired and empowered! Ashley John-Baptiste, Broadcast Journalist and TV Presenter.

Conference Round Up
Drinks Reception
Evening Awards Programme

*available for Awards Programme ticket holders only

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