Global Investment Summit

February 21, 2pm

An extremely global city with a growing international community, property in Shanghai has continued to be highly sought after.

The Global Investment Summit is designed to connect the dots between leading student housing operators and global investors in the future of living. The Class of 2020 has organized this exclusive event series in multiple cities around the world for industry leaders to network, explore key trends and shape the future of student living in emerging markets.

Key Learnings


Demand for living products in Europe is high because of well ranked higher education institutions, a quickly increasing share of English taught programmes and reasonable cost of study.


The investment case for Purpose Built Student Accommodation: low correlation to economic cycles, strong long term demand, consistent rental income and heavy lack of supply across markets.


The student housing market in China is just getting started. Most people are renting through the traditional housing market, which can be a messy and daunting process if you can’t understand Chinese.


In comparison to Singapore and Hong Kong, limited space is not a barrier in Shanghai. Therefore, operators and investors are seizing the opportunity to get creative with innovative design in new living concepts.


A strong online brand is vital for attracting students. Since the majority of students are booking their accommodation online, they are highly influenced by the brand’s online image and reviews. Technologies such as VR and AR are also being utilized for a more effective booking and pre-arrival processes.


Kinship through like-mindedness fosters community through partnerships with universities, local businesses and events to attract the targeted crowd to a co-living space. It also allows housing operators to focus on the core product and cut down operational risks.


The ‘stickiness’ of student accommodation makes it an attractive investment case, since tenants will typically stay a minimum one semester and often renew their contract as schooling continues and personal connections in these spaces develop.

An outlook on the European urban living landscape

Jorick Beijer


The Class of 2020


Meeting of the Minds

Luke Nolan

Founder & CEO

Frank Uffen

Director of Partnership

The Student Hotel

Todd Gill

Founder & CEO


Shashank Narayan

Director – Alternative Investments for Asia Capital Markets



Drivers, Demand and Destinations: An Asian Market Outlook

Stefan Kolibar

Head of Marketing



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