Recap of the first global Coliving conference

During a meeting at a coliving space in Serbia, the founders of the Coliving Hub decided to establish a movement to promote, facilitate, educate and provide the means to develop the coliving industry on a global scale.

Fast forward to this April: SALTO’s Vertical Business Development Manager Christian Schmitz witnessed two days of powerful talks at the very first Global Coliving Conference in beautiful Las Palmas, Gran Canaria hosted by Coliving Hub.

Coliving Hub is determined to change the way to market coliving accommodations like PBSA and co-create places that inspire and enable personal and collective growth. They are on a roll with their fast expanding network of digital nomads, remote workers and new ways of living and needless to say, we’ll accompany Coliving Hub every step of the way leading to this admirable goal.

Aiming for the closest look possible on anything coliving, the conference was filled with like-minded people, tips and tricks right from the heart of the industry.

Read on to find out what insights we’ve collected from the conference:

Mental health

Jeremiah Adler CEO and founder of Up(st)ART emphasized on how coliving is on the other spectrum of real estate in terms of it's human aspect. Coliving is making the world a better place in more ways you could imagine. Take for instance the fact that Millenials and gen z (the generation that comes after Millennials) are the loneliest generation: 48% say they are lonely and 37% of gen z have sought mental health treatment. Loneliness is worse than smoking 15 cigarettes a day, more dangerous then obesity and will increase your likelihood of death with 29%. The regular landlord doesn’t care for such personal issues. Here comes in coliving: Somewhere you can build upon supportive relationships to overcome loneliness. A home where you can flourish. Emotionally, mentally and physically. Communities where we feel belonging, communicate authentically, and are able to grow together.

A frequently used saying is ‘You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with'. But thanks to coliving we can change that into 'You are the average of the five people you are coliving with’.

Choose wisely.

Rent

Why in the world would you pay for something you are not using, right? This is a fair question even while standing in your own kitchen. When is the last time you actually used it? There is a better way of spending the $ 2100 a month that you now pay for the usage of probably 10% of your whole house, like on your passion(s). Move into a coliving facility and say goodbye to throwing away your money and get inspired by the people surrounding you along the way. Up(st)ART’s has a mission that enables young people to move to any city in the world with just $ 1000 in their pocket. We couldn’t applaud this initiative more.

Policy and regulations

When opening up a coliving space, collaboration with council authorities and planners is important. A good start would be to learn the language of real estate developers. Work together with a professional planning specialist in order to show the authorities how your coliving space will benefit the community especially in regards to social value and economic returns. Emphasize on how coliving spaces are boosting the local economy worldwide by providing it’s residents with a more positive and inspiring living experience.

The ideal coliving space

There are four pillars that hold up a successful coliving space: Smart design, a sustainable financial model, wise management and operations and policy. Within these four pillars factors like well trained on-site staff, clear communication and tech integrations are all working together to foster a strong sense of well being for your residents.

Your residents are the ones that make or break the space. Set up values to build a strong community. Get inspired by these examples:

  • Mindfulness of others and oneself

  • Inspired by nature

  • Personal development

  • Dynamism and practicality

  • Sharing of resources

  • Artistic expression

  • Co creation
  • As a proud sponsor together with Kindred Quarters, Spegc, The fizs and Urban Adventurers we were proud to see that Fanny Caloz (Co-founder Swiss Escape), Maria Sirotkina (Coliving founder), Rod Cook (Founder of Retreats), Hazique Memon (Co-founder Swiss Escape), Jacob Shapiro (Account Manager Outpost Club Coliving), Christine McDannell (Founder of Kindred Quarters), and Restation made the Coliving Hub conference a huge success! Thank you!

    More on coliving? Read the recap about the class of 2020 in Warsaw, Poland here

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    SALTO KS provides a flexible access control management system that requires no software installation or the added expense of a fully-wired electronic product. Modern cloud-based, wireless access control system is easy and simple to use for businesses including Coworking Spaces, Coliving Buildings, Purpose Built Student Accommodation, Retail, Multi-Tenant Housing, Gyms and many more. Our best in class wireless access control solution and smart locks guarantee the efficiency for your business. Integrate smart locks, start easily managing wireless access control now!

    The biggest in coworking: GCUC USA

    Since 2011 GCUC (the Global Coworking Unconference Conference) has brought together more than 7000 game changers from around the globe and hosted 24 international conferences. This April GCUC stepped up their game even more and organized their biggest event so far: GCUC USA in Denver.

    For four days the SALTO KS team that travelled to the USA for this exciting event were surrounded by business owners, entrepreneurs, technology and marketing experts, and thought leaders in the coworking industry. Our friends from GCUC launched this largest coworking series in the world, which was, in fact, the biggest unconference we have seen over the last few years. It was great to see that, in terms of numbers, the attendees and sponsors were at an all-time high: The perfect setup for networking, collaborating and showcasing with the biggest and brightest in coworking!

    The unconference part of GCUC is what makes this conference so unique and successful: The visitors get to decide what topics are discussed during the day. Topics that are voted up even get their own break out session. This approach gives space owners, members, suppliers and all others that touch coworking on a daily basis the platform to get answers to questions right from the heart of coworking.

    At GCUC USA in Denver, SALTO was represented by the dream team that included: Ron Shaffer, Miles Ethridge (SALTO US), Xabier Martinez de Apellaniz MdA (SALTO HQ) and Bryan Leong (SALTO Asia). Coming from four different backgrounds and age groups (try to guess which one) the team stood out and the message that SALTO is able to support customers from anywhere around the globe was clear for all visitors.

    Being the only provider for cloud-based access control at the event, the KS team was able to answer the many questions regarding integration solutions: To run a coworking space is not an easy job that’s why SALTO KS can be integrated with management software to make coworking space owners lives easier. The KS team collaborated with the Salto KS Partners showing the features and great potential of the integration with coworking management software solutions like Nexudus, Office RnD, Cobot and Yardi Kube.

    In the world of coworking, the community is one of the most important drivers. It was amazing to see a group of people this big including corporate executives, entrepreneurs, designers, (aspiring) coworking space owners, real estate visionaries and industry enthusiasts. There was no way of not getting inspired.

    There was no way of not getting inspired.

    Coworking is a global hype for some time now and will grow even more for many years to come. We certainly got the coworking fever during GCUC USA, now it is your turn. Click here to find out how SALTO KS can improve your space!

    More juicy insights on GCUC? Check out our recap of GCUC Asia here or read the GCUC coworking megatrend predictions for 2019 here.

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    SALTO KS provides a flexible access control management system that requires no software installation or the added expense of a fully-wired electronic product. Modern cloud-based, wireless access control system is easy and simple to use for businesses including Coworking Spaces, Coliving Buildings, Purpose Built Student Accommodation, Retail, Multi-Tenant Housing, Gyms and many more. Our best in class wireless access control solution and smart locks guarantee the efficiency for your business. Integrate smart locks, start easily managing wireless access control now!

    Spotlight on a Dealer: Locs

    Locs is one of the top dealers of SALTO KS in Belgium and has more than 20 years of experience in the domains of security and access control.

    Installers that work for Locs say that there are no keys, locks or electric systems that are foreign or challenging to them. The technicians who are prepared to equip any door with any type of lock ensure strong field service. When you find out that some of the installers have been working together for 65 years at Locs, their deep knowledge and high quality of service come as no surprise!

    The company has its own steel workshop where all the hardware elements are tailored to customer’s doors. The administration and sales department of Locs handles each customer request carefully and maintains operations of the company.

    We spoke to Pieter Jans , owner of Locs and user of SALTO KS, about the future of access control and his expert view on cloud-based access control solution SALTO KS:

    Pieter, tell us, what made you decide to become a SALTO KS dealer?

    From the very first beginning, we have been a Premium Inspired business Partner of SALTO. The collaboration has been excellent from the start and we have completed various big projects together. When SALTO started with Salto KS we were very interested in the possibilities of the system. The strength became obvious quickly and it was a welcome addition to our access-control product range: Especially for decentralized customers who are looking for an easy but strong and efficient access control system.

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    How progressive do you think Belgium is in terms of cloud-based access control?

    In the area of innovation and R&D, Belgium is internationally known for taking the lead in a number of technological fields. The Belgian customer is quite demanding about safety, especially when it comes to their home or building. Besides safety, the comfort of using and possibilities of usage are very important. Customers are expressing more interest to use the system in their own way. Because of this, we get a lot of questions of creative use of the system. So, to my experience, we can say that the Belgian people are quite progressive.

    What is your favorite function of SALTO KS?

    It’s not really a function that is my favourite, but it is the app! The possibility of opening doors via remote opening or with the help of my cell phone and checking the events is proven to be very handy for me. I even use Salto KS in different locations of my own enterprise!

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    What new features or integrations would you and your customers like to see in a cloud-based access control system?

    When we look at the private market, we can see that the traditional houses are moving more and more to “Smart home”. These homes are bursting with technological advances and people prefer to have a centralized tool to use all these technologies, for instance, their tablet or smartphone. But they also want the comfort to use numerous tablets or cell phones, with the updated systems to their disposal. Therefore, it is my belief that the integration of different technologies into one application is something that the future client is really looking for.

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    We now have finger, and face-ID. Where will the authentication methods draw the line in the access control industry?

    It is always difficult to predict what the future brings. It all depends on the purchase requirements and needs of the customer. Do customers prioritize safety? Or comfort? Control? The type of authentication depends on what the client is looking for. When the safety-level has the highest priority, they can always combine different methods, for example, an eyeball-ID and fingerprint. It is my belief that the combination of authentication methods results in a higher safety level rather than one highly advanced method. But one thing is certain: to have a functional access control system, you always have to work with a “Unique ID”. This can be a badge, finger or even an eyeball.

    We can explore all the biometric options of the human body, but at one point the possibilities will end or won't be comfortable to use.

    Thank you Pieter and the Locs team for your insightful answers!

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    Wondering if Locs is located close to you, or would you like to find one of our professional SALTO KS dealers in your specific area? Check out our global Dealer map here (right below the ‘get a quote form’).

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    SALTO KS provides a flexible access control management system that requires no software installation or the added expense of a fully-wired electronic product. Modern cloud-based, wireless access control system is easy and simple to use for businesses including Coworking Spaces, Coliving Buildings, Purpose Built Student Accommodation, Retail, Multi-Tenant Housing, Gyms and many more. Our best in class wireless access control solution and smart locks guarantee the efficiency for your business. Integrate smart locks, start easily managing wireless access control now!

    New SALTO KS app release (version 4.1.6 & 5.1.5)

    The SALTO KS team is continuously working to improve your user experience. This is why we’ve released the new SALTO KS app, which includes small bug fixes and improvements that will advance its performance.

    Below you can find an overview of what has changed within the iOS and Android app:

    iOS (version 4.1.6):

  • We fixed the logout when switching accounts
  • We fixed sending Mobile Key on resume
  • We fixed the translation issue on ACTIVATION_CODE
  • We implemented a new UI/UX IQ activation flow
  • We implemented a new UI/UX IQ configuration flow (Bluetooth)
  • We Optimized the IQ configuration via Bluetooth
  • We fixed the Apple Pay popup while performing Mobile Key opening
  • The Events overview now shows the proper lock on rejected openings
  • We fixed the issue where Bluetooth got disabled when using Mobile Key
  • We updated JustIn SDK to version 2.3.0
  • The Mobile Key activation is now showing
  • We fixed the dates/time format after the new NoSQL implementation (IOS-1077)
  • We now show the new privacy mode status in the lock list (IOS-1072)
  • We refactored the Event lists to use the new (NoSQL based) endpoints (IOS-1009)
  • We replaced the font used on the KS Android app (Roboto) (IOS-987)
  • We fixed the CameraManager login (IOS-1078)
  • Android (version 5.1.5):

  • There were several bug fixes
  • We fixed the translation issue on ACTIVATION_CODE
  • We implemented a new UI/UX IQ activation flow
  • We implemented a new UI/UX IQ configuration flow (Bluetooth)
  • The Events overview now shows the proper lock on rejected openings
  • We updated the JustIn SDK to version 2.3.0
  • The IQ pin now, is not stored in some devices after activation flow (AAP-654)
  • We fixed the dates/time format after the new NoSQL implementation (AAP-676)
  • We now show the new privacy mode status in the lock list (AAP-667)
  • We refactored the Event lists to use the new (NoSQL based) endpoints (AAP-622)
  • We replaced the font used on the KS Android app (Roboto) (AAP-610)
  • We fixed the Site selection in accounts with more than 20 Sites (AAP-690)
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    SALTO KS provides a flexible access control management system that requires no software installation or the added expense of a fully-wired electronic product. Modern cloud-based, wireless access control system is easy and simple to use for businesses including Coworking Spaces, Coliving Buildings, Purpose Built Student Accommodation, Retail, Multi-Tenant Housing, Gyms and many more. Our best in class wireless access control solution and smart locks guarantee the efficiency for your business. Integrate smart locks, start easily managing wireless access control now!

    Student Accommodation in Central & Eastern Europe

    In Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) the PBSA forecast is looking promising. With a large number of higher education associations but the lowest number of international students the new government of Poland has adjusted it's strategy and are determined to commit financially to the internationalization of the country. Besides the known attraction of the historical culture, low-cost tuition and rent are also factors that are drawing international students to Warsaw and Prague.

    This April Vertical Business Development Manager Christian Schmitz and SALTO KS’s local Sales representative in Poland ‪‪Przemyslaw Dawidziuk‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ visited the ‪‪Central Eastern Europe Regional Session‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ in Warsaw to learn more about the rise of PBSA in Central and Eastern Europe.

    When in need for student talent good PBSA is of the utmost importance for a city. More and more governments are recognizing the problem of not having clear regulations around this important topic in check like zoning plans. They are slowly but steady owning up to their responsibility of attracting talent.

    "A lot of countries can be daunting for outsiders; a lot of legal bases, different banking, different planning and to really get into it for business, you need to take longer to get comfortable." - Armon Bar-Tur, CEO of BaseCamp
    Warsaw

    In recent studies, it comes to the surface less than 10% of the students‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ in the Warsaw district are not content with their university dorms. This comes to no surprise considering the current number of students is now 250.000 and only 18.000 beds are provided to them. Immediate investment in student accommodation is becoming pressing every day, but on a more positive note: This is a big opportunity to create that needed flourishing student community in this area.

    Warsaw

    In order to attract top talent students from abroad, Eastern Europe is demanding good PBSA now more than ever. Even though the costs of living are quite low at the moment, accommodations that are built and maintained solely for students just might be one of the biggest decision makers for students that are debating to move to a foreign country. Students nowadays value experiences, interaction and the feeling of a community more than material belongings; this is exactly what PBSA ignites.

    "Quickness to adapt to students' preferences may vary from operators to operators rather than from region to region" - ‪Billy Kontoulis‬‬‬‬, ‪‪ASK4Broadband‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

    For the most part (60 up to 70%) students rent property from private investors with a small portfolio of 2 to 10 apartments each. The costs are usually low, as is the quality of the property. If students got to pick, most of them would choose an en-suite room with high quality shared conveniences rather than studios. For students the location of their dorms is a number one priority, this not only counts for students within CEE, but around the globe.

    Through organizing high-quality events in several different countries, original research and partnerships with higher education institutions, city leadership officials, real estate developers, providers, and investors The Class of 2020 created a network committed to making student living efficient, international, and welcoming.

    Warsaw

    Their vision is for cities to attract and retain the brightest young minds, and for them to lead the way to social and economic success in return.

    We stand at the forefront of innovating student housing. Let’s shape the student living of tomorrow together.

    Meet us at The Class of 2020 in Frankfurt the 23rd of May!

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    SALTO KS provides a flexible access control management system that requires no software installation or the added expense of a fully-wired electronic product. Modern cloud-based, wireless access control system is easy and simple to use for businesses including Coworking Spaces, Coliving Buildings, Purpose Built Student Accommodation, Retail, Multi-Tenant Housing, Gyms and many more. Our best in class wireless access control solution and smart locks guarantee the efficiency for your business. Integrate smart locks, start easily managing wireless access control now!

    Are Coworking spaces the new startup garages?

    One of the most common things about startups is how they all began in someone’s parents' garage or basement and from there developed into the prosperous companies they are today. In order to become such a prosperous company, a very important aspect is to have a stable workplace where staff members can fully focus and are enabled to collaborate. Therefor distractions that often occur at home that can affect the overall progress need to be eliminated. However private offices can be pretty costly and tend to exceed the usual budget of a startup. Here comes in: The coworking space.

    Coworking spaces are an exciting way to organize a workplace. A shared office environment allows for a sociable work environment where different people in the business industry can share ideas and have the opportunity to network. Coworking spaces are not just a bunch of desks in a large space with access to high-speed Internet; they are an affordable, inspiring, and exciting work environment.

    We’ve gathered the main advantages of co-working spaces:

    Convenience

    It is a well-known fact that managing an office is hard. With energy bills, dealing with daily management issues, and cleaning services, one may not find enough time to manage an office and get actual work done. For that reason, coworking spaces are convenient as all these things are being handled and therefore you have a greater focus on your work.

    Growing your business

    The key to a successful business is making the right connections and being able to network. Coworking spaces provide the opportunity to meet people from various backgrounds and industries. These spaces make it easier for people to connect and collaborate. Co-working spaces encourage business connections and bring people from distinct backgrounds into the same place allowing them to join forces. In other words, coworking spaces are a great place to build partnerships and clienteles!

    Affordability

    Renting out an office space is expensive and time-consuming. It has been proven that co-working spaces are more affordable and comfortable for smaller business as everything is taken care of. When it comes to co-working spaces, one does not need to worry about setting up Internet and electricity; all you need to do is pay for the membership and enjoy the available facilities.

    Boost Creativity

    In coworking spaces, you often find a collaborative and inspiring environment where you can see others putting in hard work and dedication into achieving their goals and dreams. Observing this dedication subconsciously leads to an increase in motivation to work hard and be more productive. In addition, the open space allows for ideas to flow around easily leading to a boost in inspiration and novelty of ideas.

    Freelance Talent

    A problem that start-ups face is that they are not able to have permanent staff due to instability. For that reason, they mainly rely on finding freelancers. However, finding the right freelance team may not be easy. Nevertheless, it is a well-known fact that coworking spaces flourish with freelancers from countless industries. You might even be able to find the right person for the job sitting at the desk right next to you! Another advantage of this is that you can discuss your ideas and needs at any time since you’ll be sharing an office.

    Coworking spaces have proven to be fruitful, convenient, inspiring and affordable and hold many benefits allowing for more productivity and efficiency. It is safe to say coworking spaces are the garages and basements of tomorrow.

    IWG (International Workspace Group) is the holding group for different workspace brands including Regus and SPACES, among others and an example of a coworking space community that hosts a ton of freelance talent, networking opportunities and enables creativity.

    More on coworking? Find out which trends redefine the way we work here or find out the top 5 coworking spaces in Amsterdam here!

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    SALTO KS provides a flexible access control management system that requires no software installation or the added expense of a fully-wired electronic product. Modern cloud-based, wireless access control system is easy and simple to use for businesses including Coworking Spaces, Coliving Buildings, Purpose Built Student Accommodation, Retail, Multi-Tenant Housing, Gyms and many more. Our best in class wireless access control solution and smart locks guarantee the efficiency for your business. Integrate smart locks, start easily managing wireless access control now!

    Spotlight on a dealer: SM Schloss + Schlüssel GmbH

    The Cologne-based company SM Schloss + Schlüssel GmbH was founded in 1983 by the managing director Hermann Manderscheid. The company evolved from a two-man operation that made keys of all kinds and executed homeownership, over time to a reputable security specialist. In 1995 Hermann’s son Stefan Manderscheid was hired as the second managing director of the company.

    With the growth of the company also the computer age arrived. Gradually, computer-aided locking systems and CNC milling devices were purchased.

    Today, the company has one of the most modern equipment in Cologne.
    We spoke to managing director Stefan Manderscheid about SM Schloss + Schlüssel, SALTO KS and the challenges they had to overcome:
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    What were some of the early day bumps with KS when it was fairly a new product for small and medium-sized businesses?

    The biggest challenge at the beginning was a system without local access management and a limited amount of offline keys. Without the necessary know-how, the projecting of the radio transmitters was also a challenge.
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    How was it for you to embrace selling a cloud solution like KS, vs. server based or other solutions?

    Luckily, I didn’t have to decide. We sell both systems with great success. Cloud solution has, however, great advantages for smaller companies, who have no infrastructure, such as servers and admin, or companies looking for cloud integrations.

    How do the sales of KS and other cloud solutions compare to your other non-cloud solution sales for access control?

    As we are currently doing larger projects with non-cloud solutions, the ratio is estimated to be 40:60, but the gap is closing rapidly.

    What are the challenges you face when explaining/selling SALTO KS to a business?

    Actually, it is not a challenge. In general, you can tell quite easily if the customer is potentially suitable for the solution. After that, you just have to show the system. From there it’s usually smooth sailing.
    Schlossel

    How do you see the locking industry evolving with the new market demands?

    Electronics are clearly on the rise: If you do not start today, you will not have any customers tomorrow.

    The supply and installation of fittings, safes, electronic access controls, alarm systems, mailbox systems and home security are just as much a part of the main business for SM Schloss + Schlüssel GmbH as repairs, custom-made products and keys of all kinds.

    This family business has proven to handle any type of demand, and we are happy SALTO KS is in such good hands.

    We would like to thank Stefan for the time he took to chat with us!

    Keep an eye on this resourceful team and follow SM Schloss + Schlüssel GmbH on: Facebook!

    Curious which dealers are already offering SALTO KS? Find all global dealers here.

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    SALTO KS provides a flexible access control management system that requires no software installation or the added expense of a fully-wired electronic product. Modern cloud-based, wireless access control system is easy and simple to use for businesses including Coworking Spaces, Coliving Buildings, Purpose Built Student Accommodation, Retail, Multi-Tenant Housing, Gyms and many more. Our best in class wireless access control solution and smart locks guarantee the efficiency for your business. Integrate smart locks, start easily managing wireless access control now!

    The Class of 2020: Spain Regional Session

    This March Christian, Coliving/PBSA VBDM (Vertical Business Development Manager) visited one of our favourite conference series in student housing: The Class of 2020. This time we got to visit sunny Valencia, Spain! ‘Home away from home, hospitality leading the way in PBSA’ was the theme at this particular conference and as always a lot of interesting findings were presented to the audience.

    Continue reading and find out how hospitality is leading the way in the Purpose Based Student Accommodation sector in Spain.

    ‘Hospitality in student housing goes beyond good marketing. It is about the day to day service, support and care that distinguishes providers in and across the Spanish market’ - Jorick Beijer , The Class of 2020

    A lot of student housing providers in Spain have been focusing mainly on showcasing their welcoming Spanish culture to students. With hospitality running through the veins of this country it doesn't come to a surprise this is shaping the design, development and operation of their student-housing sector. In Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia student housing has exploded over the years (The growth of the number of students in Spain over the last 10 years is 7.7%!) and has become a real selling point for these cities. During the conference, the trends panel questioned the ‘changing needs’ that occupy students and younger generations in Spanish cities and ‘what trends are representing student living’.

    Now the student accommodation market is evolving it goes without saying student housing providers are going above and beyond to attract students. Once a trendy interior and a vibrant community are established something else becomes more important: Hospitality. The hybrid brands that are merging hospitality with PBSA work their way right into the hearts of the students, making them feel at home and therefore more productive. But where exactly do we see the hospitality industry blending into PBSA and what are the key offers that set apart these brands?

    Designed to meet the expectation of the millennial-minded and anyone who embraces their attitude to share, spontaneity and experience, Jo&Joe is a new hospitality concept that blends the best of hotel and hostel formats. - Cédric Gobilliard, SVP Lifestyle DivisionAccor

    By focusing on student’s feedback, providers are using this data to drive their products, blending hospitality into their accommodations and branding. By setting the right expectations and being able to deliver on hospitality promise, providers and operators attract prospects and retain current students taking into account that the new way of student teaching will be remote rather than on University premises.

    Overall, the ranking of the list seems pretty conclusive in terms of which cities are the top destinations for students. Besides the quality of education, affordability and city life to come out on top as the most vital aspects of what makes a city a good student city. As previously mentioned, Berlin and Munich come out on top in this case whilst other cities fall a little short but still with good scores. Germany, Spain, and Austria possess factors that outdo other cities, these countries possess the best student city destinations in Europe.

    Student housing is transforming into a service. Focusing on the independence, security and comfort of the students. Rather then a place to lay your head in between studying and chuck some midnight noodles it's about creating experiences; this can be enabled by outstanding staff members, flawless operations and community engagement.

    Can’t get enough of the Regional Session in Valencia? Download The Class’ presentation here .

    Join us this November for The European Class Conference in Berlin, Germany: The must attend for real estate, higher education and government high-level professionals.

    Read our previous blog post and discover which cities made it to the top of the class regarding student appreciation according to a study of The Class of 2020.

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    SALTO KS provides a flexible access control management system that requires no software installation or the added expense of a fully-wired electronic product. Modern cloud-based, wireless access control system is easy and simple to use for businesses including Coworking Spaces, Coliving Buildings, Purpose Built Student Accommodation, Retail, Multi-Tenant Housing, Gyms and many more. Our best in class wireless access control solution and smart locks guarantee the efficiency for your business. Integrate smart locks, start easily managing wireless access control now!

    Top Student Cities in Europe

    University is a very important part of any person’s life. It’s the time where we begin a chapter in our lives that leads us towards our futures: Academically and socially. Students tend to mainly select their university destinations based on the quality of the education they will be receiving and the city they would be studying/living in. Alongside this, other factors apply such as student experience, affordability, social inclusiveness, city environment/life, and connectivity. Whilst academics possess great importance, a social life to balance it with also plays a role in a student’s mental health and ability to feel empowered. Combined these factors play a big part in deciding a destination.

    The Class of 2020 conducted a study in which they analyzed the top 20 student cities in Europe and why these particular cities have proven to be popular destinations for students. This is what we distilled from the study:

    Number one student city

    Due to its high scores in social inclusiveness and affordability, Berlin has been ranked as the number one student city in Europe by The Class of 2020. More specifically, Berlin excels in maintaining low rent prices for student housing, a numerous and countless variety of social events across the city, and the high ability for international students to receive visas to stay in Germany and pursue their careers. Furthermore, Munich comes in second place as the best student city in Europe, in which the city environment category was weighed at a perfect score. Germany clearly controls this list by retaining the top 2 spots. Portugal also has a good standing point in this study, with its cities Lisbon and Porto claiming the third and fifth spots.This is due to their high scores in areas such as social inclusiveness and city life. Also, both Lisbon and Porto score very well in terms of affordability, with Porto being the only city in the study clinching a perfect affordability score due to low rent prices and costs of living.

    Affordability

    Other cities in the top 10 of the list include Amsterdam, Vienna, Paris, and London. Amsterdam’s highest scoring points are social inclusiveness and city life. However, Amsterdam does score pretty low in terms of affordability. This is due to the immense popularity of the city amongst tourists, making it a costly destination. In addition, it’s no surprise that Vienna is also included in this list of top student cities. For the last few years, Vienna has been globally ranked as the world’s most liveable city. Vienna is very rich in culture, history, and lifestyle. City life almost never gets dull and there’s always a bunch of social events to attend. Also, Vienna is quite affordable in terms of rent prices and costs of living. There’s no scarcity in student housing in Vienna so it’s also pretty simple for a student to find a suitable accommodation. Moreover, next of the list are Paris and London. Both of these cities have their highs and lows. The highs include positive social atmospheres and great scores in city life. However, the lows, which are quite expected, are affordability. Rent prices are relatively high, as well as costs of living. While these two cities can be very fun to live in, one must be prepared to have high financial costs.

    Weather

    Next, Spain is also a country that possesses a number of cities on the top 20 ranking. These cities are Barcelona, Valencia, and Seville. Students tend to mainly be satisfied with the constant sunny weather and affordability of these cities.

    Overall, the ranking of the list seems pretty conclusive in terms of which cities are the top destinations for students. Besides the quality of education, affordability and city life to come out on top as the most vital aspects of what makes a city a good student city. As previously mentioned, Berlin and Munich come out on top in this case whilst other cities fall a little short but still with good scores. Germany, Spain, and Austria possess factors that outdo other cities, these countries possess the best student city destinations in Europe.

    Find out how to tackle student complaints if you are an owner of a Purpose Based Student Accomodation in this blog post.

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    Connect API Release version v1.1.10.6

    The latest application version (v1.1.10.6) / API release version v1 has been released on the 14th of February 2019. This maintenance release introduces a breaking change for the GET entries and GET incidents endpoints.

    Functional changes:

  • Breaking: GET entries endpoint no longer uses next_page_link and count mechanism for paging, but a continuation token.
  • Breaking: GET incidents endpoint no longer uses next_page_link and count mechanism for paging, but a continuation token.
  • New endpoint GET /v1.1/sites/{site_id}/entries/export allows you to filter and export entries over a period of maximum 1 month in excel format.
  • New endpoint GET /v1.1/sites/{site_id}/incidents/export allows you to filter and export incidents over a period of maximum 1 month in excel format.
  • Important remark:

    Although we encourage all our partners to assess this change and look into how this affects your integration, we are not supporting this for all deployed sites (yet). Currently, data is only returned through this endpoint if your test site is marked as an "early birds" site. If you feel this is required in your case, please feel free to contact support. We will keep you informed when this is available for all sites.

    Since the last release (v1.0.9.10) we have made several enhancements and worked hard on new features, which warrant the release of a new version.

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