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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The Global Investment Summit: Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong

February has been a busy month for the future of living: Three events were scheduled throughout Asia to connect student-housing operators with global investors. SALTO’s Asia Pacific teams visited The Global Investment Summit organized by The Class of 2020 in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

The Class of 2020 is Europe’s leading platform for all topics related to student living. This exclusive event series called ‘The Global Investment Summit’ was organized in multiple metropolises around the world like Dubai, Sydney, Melbourne and New York City.

During the Global Investment Summits industry leaders, investors, wealth funds and other stakeholders get to network, explore the most important trends in student housing and coliving and overall help shape the future of this emerging market. For cities to be economically successful it’s important to be able to host intelligent students that develop a personal connection with the city, which makes them want to stay. The knowledge shared while networking during the summit is meant to eventually propel student housing to the next level.

Now, read what we’ve learned about student accommodation and coliving on a global scale!

“Bite-sized, personalized learning is a key driver to attract international students into Singapore” - John Fong, CEO and Head of Campus at SP Jain School of Global Management, Summit Singapore

Singapore

The Global Investment Summit kicked-off in Singapore: The dynamic city full of student housing potential. In Singapore Purpose Built Student Accommodation is provided by the universities versus the UK where PBSA usually is part of private real estate. More capital is injected into the market space; this results in product optimization and operational excellence. With such a big demand for coliving, hybrids are popping up. It’s important to understand the difference between PBSA, co-living, serviced apartments and hospitality. Operators are in search of amenities like gyms and libraries to create the perfect member experience for young professionals. Because of the strict housing policies in Singapore, it can be challenging to offer flexible housing options that can accommodate short stays or attract and retain talent.

"Now that about 70% of students are booking accommodation online, a strong online presence is vital” - Director of Partnerships at The Student Hotel, Summit Shanghai

Shanghai

Real estate in Shanghai is tremendously high in demand due to its international community. In China, the student housing market is relatively slow in growing. This is because of the traditional way of renting a house, which can be a difficult task when you don't understand Chinese, which a lot of foreign students don't. Because small spaces are in abundance in Shanghai space operators see this as an opportunity to change the way of living entirely. Because almost all the students are looking for accommodation online it's important to have a strong online presence. All technologies that safeguard a great member experience starting off with onboarding are very much applauded. Cognition through partnerships with universities or local businesses and events help attract the targeted audience and enables operators to focus on their main product. Students tend to develop personal relationships within their accommodations, which make them want to renew their contracts. This makes investing in Shanghai PBSA very interesting.

“Co-living isn’t about communal living, it’s about collaborative living” - Sachin Doshi founder and CEO of Weave Co-living, Summit Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is rich, but also very concentrated in population. Hong Kong is trying to maintain that high quality of life and therefore have a high need for living solutions. There’s still a blurred line between coliving, serviced apartments and living spaces. What differentiates them is the cost and length of the stay. Young digital nomads have three main demands for their accommodation: Community, flexibility and technology. Operators are using their social media channels to show in what ways they can accommodate these demands. Smart design concepts are embraced to make efficient use of the small spaces in this urban city. By gathering local data like space accupancy the needs of students can be mapped so the student experience can be optimized.

One of the biggest challenges remains growing your business when you want to own the property. This is the reason investors are investigating other options in countries like Japan and India.

Continue reading about The Class of 2020 in Milan, Italy here or discover what the 5 trends in student housing are.

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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!

GCUC Shanghai 2018

The last month of 2018 the teams from SALTO Hong Kong, Singapore and China visited our favourite event in coworking: GCUC. This time the GCUC team touched down in Shanghai, which made this the most cross-border coworking summit in history!

With the theme "Work Better, Work Smarter" GCUC China used this opportunity to showcase the innovative model of coworking spaces and the way this will fit perfectly in the lifestyle that young Chinese people will experience in the future.

"When I feel the vibrancy of the co-working scenes in NYC, Singapore and Shanghai, it makes me very happy we are part of this coworking wave" - Bryan, SALTO Systems Singapore

GCUC Shanghai

Some people still think of the coworking community as something that’s hip and trendy now and eventually will fade, but not many people are aware that coworking is not a new concept. In just a little under the past 2 years, coworking has revolutionized the traditional office space and will continue to revolutionize the way real estate has been used, which will make a big impact on the way people are working on a global scale.

Many world leaders embrace open borders, globalization and free trade. They envision the benefits of the co-sharing economy this will eventually lead to. Air travel, the Internet and technology have made us more connected than ever before. This not only applies to the geographical regions of Europe, Asia, the US or China, but the world as one big connected geographical area.

GCUC Shanghai

"More and more corporates are looking to use flexible offices not only to reduce costs but to get closer to innovation, in China, this trend is already happening. They are moving into spaces and getting a closer look at startups." - Bob Zheng, founder People Squared (P2)

This year’s event focused on optimizing and upgrading traditional work methods taking the entrepreneurial spirit and the team working style of coworking spaces as a basis and look to extend concepts to leisure time and hours outside of work. The event incorporated aspects of lifestyles related to coworking spaces, real estate, entrepreneurship and design. New lifestyle trends related to fashion, music, entertainment, new retail and other fields brought a more in-depth perspective on coworking space models that represent a growing trend for young Chinese people going forward.

GCUC Shanghai

GCUC Shanghai was hosted by Shanghai-based coworking space brand People Squared (P2). Founded in 2010 by Bob Zheng coworking space brand P2 was the first space that introduced coworking to China and has opened 30 spaces since then. P2 merged with smaller coworking space Walnut founded in 2015. Together they need to stand up against the greats of coworking like Ucommune and WeWork. Zheng says this is not necessarily a problem since people are looking for more unique and independent spaces. With GCUC as the binding factor coworking spaces will continue to unite and work together to eventually change the way, we work everywhere.

GCUC is the world's largest coworking space industry summit. Attracted by China's original coworking space brand People Squared (P2), the event came to the country for the first time in 2015. GCUC China assembles domestic and international coworking brands and leaders from related industries to discuss the future trends for the sector as well as changing lifestyles in China.

Take a look at our previous blog post about GCUC UK that was held in September last year!

Looking into ways to raise your coworking space to the next level? Contact us for more information about how we can help you take care of access control, which with SALTO KS will become one of the main benefits of your space!

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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 Conference 2018 in Milan, Italy

With 650 attendees coming from all over the world this year The Class of 2020, Europe’s leading platform for all topics related to student living was the perfect opportunity for cities, universities and the real estate community of Milan, Italy to join forces.

As an official partner of The Class of 2020, SALTO couldn't be more proud to see The Class Conference in Milan was the largest event up until now. This November the conference filled two days with the finest in PBSA (Purpose Built Student Accommodation), as well as coliving identifying the current needs and shape student living of the future, ensuring the 650 attendees that travelled from 27+ countries got exactly what they were coming for.

“PBSA is critical to attract international students. It is integral to provide good housing, with service and security” - Jorick Beijer, Director of The Class of 2020

The conference presented the exciting opportunity to connect with the European network of student living. City leadership and the higher education community are working together to shape the future of living, working and learning across the globe. Gaining an insightful look into all topics related to talent attraction and student living in order to build ecosystems where student living feels efficient and welcoming is therefore of the utmost importance.

This year’s theme was: ‘From Post-Industrial City to the New Urban Campus’ focusing on cities repurposing their former industrial areas and transforming them into the beacons of innovation for the next economy. Enabling their universities to morph into the backbone of the innovative ecosystem they need to become in order to attract young students. Urban campuses lead the way to social and economic success by being the melting pot of living, working and learning. Milan is aiming for a greater share of the international higher education marker and could double student numbers, according to a research project conducted by the city and student housing think tank.

“PBSA the easy times are over, so value creation through product development and a strong focus on operations is key.” - Vincent Rouget, MD Perella Weinberg Real Estate

Our very own Aznar from Spain, Christian from Germany, and Fabrizio, Alessandro and Michele as deputies from the Italian SALTO Business Unit visited The Class of 2020 representing SALTO KS with our very own booth. With SALTO’s electronic lock portfolio manufactured in Spain fitting any type of door worldwide, we were able to showcase a solution for the international audience that visited The Class of 2020. It was good to see the familiar as well as new faces that were showing their interest to integrate SALTO KS functionality. By becoming a KS Connect Partner, student housing providers can Integrate their own, or their preferred software solution with SALTO KS resulting in the ultimate customer experience providing access on the go and instant real-time lock communication as main benefits.

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It was great to see our product portfolio has many solutions for use cases not uncommon in the student-housing sector. With real-time lock communication to a third party coliving platform, KS enables solutions for several use cases. For instance:

  • Receive a notification when a dorm room is left open: ‘Dear…, we noticed your room is still open, would you like to close it?’
  • Receive a notification informing you when the main entrance is left open at night
  • Set up an automatic notification for new students. They receive a notification when they open their room for the first time welcoming them to the campus and give insightful information
  • With the XS4 lock installed, the inside handle triggers the elevator of the building to make it’s way to the right floor right away, saving your students several moments of waiting time
  • One of this year’s highlights ‘Campfire chats’ was initiated with students leading the conversation on their living preferences, offering us more helpful use cases of the KS solution. Click here for more TheClassof2020 highlights!

    campfire chats the class of 2020

    #ClassConf2019 will be held in Berlin due to the city’s talent for education and innovation that is a magnet for internationally skilled students. You can register here for The Class Conference that will mainly focus on ‘Blended Living’ in 2019. Following Berlin, The Class of 2020 will join forces beyond Europe. Expanding their barriers to Singapore, New York and Sidney for starters.

    Read The Class Annual Trend Report of 2019 here and take a sneak peek to find out what Berlin’s got in store for us next year.

    Discover how SALTO KS can improve your students' experience, click here to receive a quote or find out how you too can become a KS connect partner by integrating your management platform with SALTO KS.

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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!

    Coworking Europe 2018 hosted by B.Amsterdam

    This November 500 coworking space operators and facilitators from 45 different countries gathered in the impressive B.Amsterdam B1 building to attend Coworking Europe 2018: The annual place to be if you want to keep track of the rise of coworking. In this year’s edition, all topics related to coworking were discussed from three interesting perspectives: Business, trends and impact.

    coworking europe

    Coworking is reshaping the way we work in a rapid pace. Working people are not the average ‘9 to 5 employees’ anymore. They are independent business travellers, digital nomads and flexible professionals. These people need a solid community and want to experience the new and efficient way of working: Coworking.

    Amsterdam is the perfect location to host this year's Coworking Europe conference. With a fast-growing coworking community due to an increase of freelancers and entrepreneurs, Amsterdam is one of the biggest startup cities in Europe.

    coworking europe

    As a proud sponsor of the conference, it was good to see all the great names in coworking gathered in the stunning venue that is B.Amsterdam. Together with our integration partners Zapfloor, Nexudus, Office R&D and Bisnerr we enjoyed powerful discussions among inspiring speakers. One of them being the Co-founder of Clay. Rick Voogt participated as a panel member in the discussion on ‘How to automate your space so you can focus on what's most important: Hospitality and community’. The key outtake is every coworking space’s needs can be different due to size, target audience or even location. But having well-connected software will make all the difference in running a space but also providing a unique seamless member experience.

    “Putting smart products into your space will bring you your deserved revenue” - Rick Voogt, Co-founder Clay

    At the beginning of this year, we foresaw a trend in coworking that would create a ripple effect during 2018: Automation. People will work alongside machines more and more: A.I. will be applauded instead of frowned upon. New technologies in workforce management and HR software will enable space managers to collect data and speed up unnecessary long processes. With all this newfound efficiency, these managers won’t have to focus on the ‘pile of paperwork’ anymore and find time to focus on building a strong community enforcing the relationship with their members. Being enabled to have more time for human interaction also means we get a chance to beat modern illnesses like burnouts. With A.I. embedded in the workplace, people will become healthier and happier.

    coworking europe

    With its 40.000 square meters and three buildings, B. Amsterdam claims to be the biggest startup ecosystem in Europe. The B.1 is a creative workspace for innovation, education and growth and houses more than 350 pioneering companies, a rooftop restaurant overlooking Amsterdam, a rooftop park, coffee lounges, parking spots, a small cinema and even a gym for its customers! All of this made B. Amsterdam building 1 the perfect venue for Coworking Europe 2018.

    "Coworking is more about people than about buildings" - Thom Wernke, Co-founder StartDock

    Coworking Europe is an annual conference featuring the rise of Coworking and its impact on entrepreneurship, innovation and, overall, the future of the workplace. The conference was founded by Jean Yves, CEO of SocialWorkplaces.com and organizer of Coworking Europe, Coworking Africa and the Coworking India conferences.

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    The Coworking Europe Conference was launched in 2010, in Brussels, Belgium. It has already been launched in Dublin, Brussels, Berlin, and Barcelona, and has managed to create an amazing community of space owners, operators and stakeholders who aim to engage with the local community wherever they go. Coworking Europe 2018 in Amsterdam was the ninth conference organized in a row.

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    Click here for an overview of all the slides of the Coworking Europe event 2018 speakers.

    More on coworking? Read this comic book created by our integration partner Nexudus: Nexudus: The Dawn of Coworking comic book

    Curious how SALTO KS can help you automate your space? Contact us, we are happy to help!

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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!