08:30 - 13:00
This timely seminar will examine challenges and opportunities in the student housing market.
Delegates will assess market dynamics and investment opportunities, as well as responses to growing uncertainty around student numbers and increasing competition in the sector.
They will discuss the quality and affordability of existing student housing, including issues surrounding maintenance and safety.
Attendees will also consider the impact and future of Purpose Build Student Accommodation (PBSA) following the introduction by the Government of the New Homes Bonus, which provides financial incentives for local authorities to introduce PBSA into their areas. The seminar comes with concerns surrounding PBSA’s viability due to student number uncertainty and, particularly in London, potential financial issues.
Further sessions look at priorities for developing new student accommodation in the context of changing student demands - with discussion on affordability and the latest developments in innovative design.
The agenda will also bring out latest thinking on how local authorities and universities can work together to plan for balance in housing provision, and integration, between student and permanent communities and at the same time foster community cohesion.