The great debate of a ‘north and south divide’ has become magnified in the supply, demand and development of student housing, coliving and coworking across Italian cities. Commercial activities in the north and manufacturing and agriculture in the south are driving concentrated investment in Italian cities. How are cities like Bologna and Firenze addressing student and non-student demand by exploring public private partnerships? What opportunities do such partnerships offer investors?


In France, burgeoning demand for higher education continues. Driven by rising demand from Asia total demand for higher education continues to accelerate as regions show strong interest in European higher education. More investment is needed to foster and grow into the demand of the near future, and, what will become of the Plan 40,000?

The Netherlands

The trend of an acceleration in demand for student property is evident in the sharp rise in rent levels across urban areas throughout the country. With such a gap in supply and demand, institutions and private providers alike are partnering to develop new student housing in ‘travel to university’ areas outside of major cities. Cities are attracting prospective students, young professionals. How will investment meet the city and government ambitions for the Netherlands of the near future?

The United Kingdom

In the UK’s mature student housing market, consolidation of housing providers and operators has resulted in increased economies of scale and stable marginal growth rates. While universities continue to provide the vast majority of student accommodation bed spaces, private developers are expected to build nearly 90% of the beds to be built for the 2019/20 academic year and 82% of the total beds due to be completed by 2021. Some cities appear saturated while others remain open and promising. Will the implications of Brexit shock the UK or will it continue to be business as usual?


Ireland is addressing its student housing pressures head-on. With a National Student Accommodation Strategy, the government is hoping to free up residential spaces in its cities by increasing supply of purpose-built student accommodation. What is being done in the market and where? How are policy, investments and partnerships coming together in the home of the youngest population in Europe?

Spain & Portugal

In Spain, the future continues to blend past, present and potential for the future. Erasmus+ students, internationals studying abroad and local students blend from Barcelona to Madrid to Valencia. Here, demand for housing is accelerating as coworking and coliving make roots. The short term looks bright in Spain, but how can the management of university and private accommodation be sustained across cities? Portugal exemplifies how shifts in social attitudes towards higher education are being realised in the southern European region. Portuguese growth in supply and demand for housing is being met with new typologies across the country. Developments in Porto and Lisbon have brought much needed bed-space and amenities to the market, but even more is needed while other Portuguese cities continue to see exciting new developments on the horizon.

Austria & CEE

International demand for higher education in Austria continues to rise and finding accommodation for international students during studies and beyond remains a key concern. The nonprofit housing model dominates here but opportunities exist, especially for housing recent graduates and  young professionals. What can the growing private market learn from housing associations’ successful provision of affordable and sustainable options? Likewise, Central Eastern Europe remains promising for investors. Poland, home to the sixth largest student population in the EU, offers low tuition fees and cost of living combined with many English taught programmes. How will this growing market evolve and how will Polish cities be shaped by an influx of students with increased purchasing power?

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