The first SALTO KS #colivingmeetup

When Gui Perdrix, Co-Liv’s global ambassador and SALTO’s very own Student housing & Co-living Expert Christian Schmitz join forces, great things happen: Together they organized SALTO KS’s first #colivingmeetup at the office in the city center of Amsterdam.

This meetup was initiated to enable likeminded people that are making a change in the coliving scene to exchange knowledge, build alliances and of course, socialize over beer and good pizza.

On this lovely summer evening, over thirty deputies of coliving beasts like The Class of 2020 and coliving enthusiasts from all over the globe came to visit the SALTO KS office. We started the evening with an introduction from Christian and Gui. Explaining Co-liv and SALTO KS’s mission to skyrocket the coliving scene with help from all attendees. Next, Gui proposed an original way of introducing ourselves: Everyone in the group paired up and told each other what their occupation was and how this related to coliving. This way all couples were able to introduce each other to the group which set the tone for a fun and interesting night full of insightful thoughts on the growth of coliving in the Netherlands.

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The main themes that came to the surface this night were:

Legal challenges

Aspiring or established coliving operators in Amsterdam among other cities face difficult legal challenges. A worrying amount of only two residents are allowed per unit which is a huge problem when you want to open up a coliving space. These challenges are not easy to overcome until coliving will become more mainstream and embraced by the municipality.

Starting out

Opening up a coliving space is not that easy. Not only because of the many legal challenges but also defining a location, and actually start. It was great to see the attendees were able to share their vision and advice on this matter during the meetup. These collaborations enforce our core mission: Enable coliving for more people around the globe.

Technology

Needless to say, the influence of technology incorporated in coliving spaces was a big theme. Despite what most people think, technology actually does make a space more personal. By automating processes like onboarding the community manager gains time to spend on more personal experience, leaving tenants to feel secure and taken care of.

Read here what the ultimate tenant experience looks like when technology is involved.

“Sometimes it takes some extra effort to put the right people together but the synergy that comes out of that can be life-changing for certain industries. This is what SALTO and Co-Liv are trying to do for Coliving”
- Gui Perdrix

At the end of the evening we could all agree the way coliving is changing the world is remarkable. It’s a cure for loneliness, an igniter of creativity and a welcome answer to the over populated real estate market.

It was great to see that many people are interested in enhancing our well-being by the way we live and how SALTO KS is contributing to enable this for many.

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We can’t wait for the next #colivingmeetup. Keep an eye on the blog and our social media channels: LinkedIn and Instagram for updates!

Find out more about the first global coliving conference 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!

MIPIM PropTech Europe 2019

The use of technology in the property industry is on the rise. The MIPIM PropTech Europe conference powers the real estate industry's digital transformation and is a big part of transferring PropTech knowledge on a global scale, gathering everyone who’s anyone in PropTech in Europe, NYC and Asia.

Staying up to date with the latest in PropTech is crucial for this vertical. At MIPIM PropTech Europe every participant becomes part of this exciting evolution. This is one of the reasons why the SALTO KS team visited the MIPIM PropTech Europe conference in Paris in the beautiful Le Centquatre Paris venue this year: The only international two-day event gathering key decision-makers from all sectors of real estate and technology to take their business to the next level. For two days, the KS team got to meet the industry's key decision-makers and gained valuable insights into the cutting-edge property and technology trends.

“I am excited to share how we try to align our offering with the operators of Coworking and Coliving!”
- Rick Voogt, Co-founder and MD SALTO KS

This year’s event in Europe explored how the real estate ecosystem is leveraging technology to match the expectations of users as occupiers of buildings and cities. On day one the role of PropTech in the future of buildings was addressed. On day two the future of the city was the main point of discussion. PropTech has the power to help take the real estate industry to the next level, as well as to improve the quality of life of users. Whether that is through creating a more sustainable environment and more inclusive society, or in areas such as healthcare, accessibility, affordability and work-life balance.

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#colivingmeetup After a productive first day at MIPIM PropTech EU the SALTO KS team hosted a #colivingmeetup together with Co-Liv at their booth in the afternoon for a well-deserved drink and a chat. Over twenty people from within the coliving movement attended. We were happy to see there was such a variety of people we got the chance to speak to: Known and new operators and project developers we got to chat and exchange knowledge with. All with valuable input on the latest technology in real estate and how technology can improve the customer experience flow. Thank you for everyone that showed up, it was great to meet, talk and collaborate with you!

From concept to case studies The second day at MIPIM PropTech we were excited to see that the 'from concept to case studies' talk where Rick Voogt (Co-Founder & Managing Director, Salto Systems SL / Clay Solutions B.V. ) made his appearance as an industry expert was fully booked.

After a satisfying day, the SALTO KS team joined the WeWork happy hour at LaFayette to toast to a productive and inspiring two days in the heart of Paris.

“The real estate industry is fostering technology to anticipate and meet the needs of their users. ”

It was great to be part of the 1,500 m2 of exhibition area and startup village, with our very own SALTO KS booth and having the opportunity to catch up with our partners such as Edge Technologies and Mapiq that were part of the exhibition as well. The KS team discovered old and new prominent and innovative companies and startups in the PropTech ecosystem. Among the international line-up of +100 speakers and leading names in real estate were city planners, developers, asset managers and leasing agents from companies such as Bouygues Immobilier, British Land, BNP Paribas Real Estate, BPF, Gecina, Jamestown, JLL, Paris la Défense, Woondeum, and WeWork, that discussed the needs of the end-user and how technology will help to accomplish those needs.

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Together we are changing the way we live and work! Thank you #MIPIMPropTechEU for initiating this inspiring event.

Our next event; GCUC UK in London in September: Don't miss it!

(And a big thank you to Dott scooters that saved our business trip!)

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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!

Hack Coworking London 2019

We were invited by Coworkies to attend the widely anticipated event Hack Coworking London 2019 , which was also co-sponsored by SALTO. Our very own Alexander Rosdorff (KS Connect Partner Manager) and Kateryna Tokar (Senior Backend Developer) had the pleasure of attending and representing SALTO KS at the event. It was great for us to participate in this event and meet with coworking partners with whom we could collaborate with.

The hackathon itself had a very interesting standpoint for our representatives. It was an opportunity for them to interact with other participants and come up with new ideas to bring back home.

The event started with a brief presentation conducted by our vertical coworking manager, Xabier Apellániz. He provided some insight about what SALTO KS is, what it does, and what we are hoping to achieve. This also involved having our KS Connect partner manager, Alexander, take a walk around and meet with current and potential partners, like Cobot who was also one of the participants at the Hackathon, and one of our latest KS Connect partners.

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“We wanted to make coworking spaces more intimate, dynamic, and flexible. We decided to have a solution to have more meeting room space but not at the expense of the fixed installations of office space.”
- Adapted, Group Challenge Winners

Next, an important part of the hackathon was, of course, our SALTO KS challenge. On the technical side, Kateryna opened up our API to the participants and they were challenged to come up with the best integration with our API that they could come up with.

The group called ‘Adapted’ ended up winning the prize sum of 1,500 pounds. Congratulations Adapted! Their impressive solution involved creating meeting room space with mobile walls and the SALTO KS smart locking access system. This design allows a user to book as much space as they need in a meeting room by adjusting the position of the walls to their comfort. This means it you would be physically building a room of your preferred size with just a few clicks of a button. Adapted says they were inspired to come up with this idea as a result of fixed installations of office spaces and that the solution was some utilization of industrial design concepts.

Thank you Coworkies for giving us the opportunity to participate in this inspiring Hackcoworking event!

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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: The Netherlands Regional Session

Earlier this month, Christian (Coliving/PBSA & Vertical Business Development Manager) and Adam (Marketing Team) visited the famous Student Housing conference series: The Class of 2020.

This time, the regional session was held in Amsterdam. The theme was “The City and The Campus: Time to Invest in Talent”.

Continue reading through this blog to find out more about the event!

The panel discussion focused on attracting talented international students and expats while also managing and improving retention. It’s clear that a lot of international students move to the Netherlands for higher quality education degree programs, but the figure tends to drop in terms of retention. Alongside having a strong figure of internationals, massive problems with student accommodation arise when students are forced to find their own accommodation with insignificant help from their universities. For universities outside the Netherlands, it is very common that their campuses have private student accommodation facilities for their students. However, most Dutch higher education institutions do not comply with the same procedure. This distinction must be portrayed more appropriately to internationals who tend to see this as a shock upon approaching the start of their semesters.

“Invest in building cheaper housing which can be lived in by people on temporary contracts, as well as allowing flat sharing. Build more purpose-built student housing without forming ghettos and provide basic amenities”

- Robin Pascoe, Owner and editor of Dutchnews.nl

Another vital issue on hand revolved around rising rental prices for private housing and student accommodation. After the session, we had the opportunity to talk to Robin Pascoe, the owner and editor of dutchnews.nl, who was also one of the panel speakers at the session. When asked about the issue of rising rental prices, she stated: “Invest in building cheaper housing which can be lived in by people on temporary contracts, as well as allowing flat sharing. Build more purpose-built student housing without forming ghettos and provide basic amenities.” This is definitely one way to tackle this issue. Many students turn to temporary housing facilities for affordability purposes. Flat sharing is also very beneficial. Sharing the rent of an entire apartment/house is a much cheaper option for students, whilst also enjoying the social company of their flat mates at home.

“It depends on where the internationals come from. The most common issue is the culture. The Dutch are very direct and open. It is important that internationals learn more about Dutch culture in advance.”

- Sander Lapré, the Director Shared Services at Hotelschool The Hague

Another matter discussed during the session was integration of international students and expats into Dutch society. We also spoke with another member of the panel speakers, Sander Lapré, the Director Shared Services at Hotelschool The Hague. When asked about the divide between the Dutch and internationals, Sander stated: “It depends on where the internationals come from. The most common issue is culture. The Dutch are very direct and open. It is important that internationals learn more about Dutch culture in advance.” The culture differences are pretty clear. Internationals commonly tend to socialize more with people from similar cultures or other internationals. This raises concern considering that getting along with the Dutch is a necessary part of integrating into the society they live in.

Finally, the topic of supply/demand of student housing was also highlighted during another panel discussion in this session. The Netherlands has seen various nation-wide investments in student housing in order to improve the level of supply. Out of a total 692,000 students enrolled in higher education programs, approximately 49% of them live away from home, clearly depicting the high level of demand for student housing. Although such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Leiden, and Delft possess the highest student populations, they also go on record for having the highest shortages in housing. However, these shortages are expected to significantly decrease in the coming years. Other cities such as Utrecht and Groningen are expected to see surpluses in housing in the coming years, providing an incentive for internationals to pursue living in cities besides the larger ones.

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How smart is it to invest in the Student Housing industry in Europe?

The increase in students attending higher education has led to a massive restructuring of the student housing industry. Over the last decade, the student-housing market has rapidly grown and seen various record levels of investment. This is mainly due to the increase in enrolment of students in higher education institutions. Not only this, but the number of international students in Europe has also been on the rise.

In 2014, there were a total of 4 million international students studying in Europe. By 2020, the total number is expected to surpass 7 million international students, which clearly indicates an incredible growth. Moreover, because of high rental prices for private housing markets, the demand for affordable student housing is rising. Most students, especially international and foreign exchange students prefer to live in student housing facilities. As a student, living in a student housing facility, or dormitory offers you the opportunity to interact with fellow students and get to know them better.

It is a straightforward way to build a social lifestyle at university outside of the campus itself. Events usually take place at dormitories, which also helps aid with the level of interaction between students. For international and foreign exchange students, this is a pretty vital aspect considering the usual scenario where they move to a new country and do not know anyone there, making student housing facilities and the social atmosphere very fundamental for them.

Overall, the relevance of student housing is depicted here so far, but what exactly makes it a good industry to invest in?

Further in this blog, several nations are analyzed on their student housing markets and the opportunities they offer for investments. All data recorded has been researched by JLL.

Germany is widely known for its ability to attract a great number of international students from all over the world, mainly as a result of the country’s low tuition fees and quality of education. Germany possesses the largest student population in all of Europe. Not only this, but over the last decade, the total number of students in Germany has risen by 28%. Amongst this statistic, only 1% is made up of part-time students, clearly depicting a high demand for student housing in the nation. Unlike the high demand for student housing in Germany, the level of supply is not that great due to the large number of students. Because of this, some students rent shared apartments or studios from private housing markets. With an increase in supply of student housing, the profit from investments is almost certain.

The Netherlands is one of the most popular destinations for international students in Europe. In fact, the number of international students in the Netherlands has actually risen by an incredible figure of 164% over the last decade, indicating a clear high demand for student housing in the country. Since it is very uncommon for universities in the Netherlands to have their own student housing facilities, the market is mostly occupied by private businesses such as DUWO, The Student Hotel, and XIOR Student Housing. The Student Hotel and XIOR have been investing well in Dutch student housing over the last few years, with several new locations being opened across the country. Moreover, supply levels for student housing are pretty stable in the Netherlands. However, rent prices can be pretty costly for students, especially in the Randstad region that includes Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, and Utrecht, which all possess a very large number of student populations. Because of this, investing in building student-housing facilities at lower rent prices would be a pretty profitable and popular choice for students

Spain is another famously known country for its student body. The country is a popular destination mainly due to its year-round sunny weather and social life of students. As a result, a large number of students are doing their Erasmus semester studies abroad in Spain: Mainly in Madrid or Barcelona. Supply for student housing in Spain does not stand at a positive level. Approximately 5% of all students live in PBSA (Purpose Built Student Accommodation), and most of those usually stand at a full occupancy level. This highlights the relevance of increasing the supply of student accommodation, especially for internationals. Not only this, but with rent prices being quite high in cities like Madrid and Barcelona, Spanish students tend to remain living at home with their families. Investing in this market for a higher supply of affordable student housing would be very profitable for students in Spain.

The previous countries were analyzed on their status in student housing markets and the potential for further investments. The figure above also depicts the levels of supply and demand. Although only a few countries were listed in this blog, other countries such as the United Kingdom, Italy, and France also possess similar prospects. Some countries already have major players of student housing in these markets, but the opportunity for entry is still there and is a profitable choice.

Overall, not only does investing in student housing in these markets make a profitable benefit, but it also provides students with the opportunity to find more affordable rent and be part of a socially integrated student body. .

Create the perfect customer experience for your students by implementing SALTO KS into your business. Contact us for more information..

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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 housing in Australia: The Global Investment Summit

Around the globe the coliving movement is strong, and the land down under is no exception. As big fans of the Class of 2020, the biggest conference on student housing, our Australian team including Cedric, Robert and Dennis visited the Global Investment Summits in Melbourne and Sydney for some much-appreciated insights on the student housing movement in one of the worlds most urbanized countries.

Especially for students and young adults the world is their oyster. This generation is able to study, work and therefore live wherever life takes them. No wonder real estate developers are aiming for these digital nomads. Melbourne, however, has the highest number of students but the market for student accommodation is still not properly equipped. Investors are certainly interested but need some security in return like operational quality. The government is carving out a relatively high budget and has a strong, strategic and supported drive to attract international students to overcome the unpopularity of travelling within Australia that results in a market delay regarding student housing.

Luckily not only in the UK but also in Australia student housing providers are acknowledging their influence on the mental health of their young tenants. It’s a known fact loneliness is a big issue for the generation that’s famous for their ability to connect online, but struggle the most connecting with like-minded people offline. Student housing, therefore, is a welcome solution to overcome that sense of loneliness and connect and engage in real life.

A new trend is coliving when university ends: Fresh out of university graduates that are used to living in PBSA (Purpose Based Student Accommodations) would like to continue this way of living, at least until they're landed on their (corporate) feet, particularly in Sydney where living isn’t affordable at all operators have a great opportunity of establishing a successful coliving community. Coliving is a welcome solution to this problem and is applauded by the government. However, hybridisation occurs when it’s unclear where PBSA ends and coliving begins. To tackle the planning challenges in Australia competitors need to work together and define what student accommodation, coliving and hospitality exactly entail in order to make it a success.

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

Thank you Scape and Savills student accommodations for hosting the Global Investment Summit in Melbourne and Sydney.

Meet the SALTO KS team this 23rd of May at the German Regional Session in Frankfurt!

Read our recap of the worlds first coliving conference here or learn more about the student housing movement in Asia 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!

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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    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!

    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.

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    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.

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    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!

    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!