Westminster Higher Education Forum

Next steps for student housing: investment opportunities, regulation, impact of new providers, and the integration of students within local communities

Morning, Tuesday, 26th February 2019

Central London


This timely seminar will examine challenges and opportunities in the student housing market.

Delegates will assess market dynamics and investment opportunities, as well as responses to growing uncertainty around student numbers and increasing competition in the sector.

They will discuss the quality and affordability of existing student housing, including issues surrounding maintenance and safety.

Attendees will also consider the impact and future of Purpose Build Student Accommodation (PBSA) following the introduction by the Government of the New Homes Bonus, which provides financial incentives for local authorities to introduce PBSA into their areas. The seminar comes with concerns surrounding PBSA’s viability due to student number uncertainty and, particularly in London, potential financial issues.

Further sessions look at priorities for developing new student accommodation in the context of changing student demands - with discussion on affordability and the latest developments in innovative design.

The agenda will also bring out latest thinking on how local authorities and universities can work together to plan for balance in housing provision, and integration, between student and permanent communities and at the same time foster community cohesion.

Keynote Speaker

Senior speaker confirmed from Savills


Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP

Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities & Local Government) (Planning)


Councillor Sarah Merry

Deputy Leader, Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cardiff Council

John Blackwood

Chief Executive, Scottish Landlord Association

Isabella Camilleri

Vice-President, Welfare, University of Southampton Students’ Union

Cooper Healey

Manager, Manchester Student Homes and Chair, UK Town and Gown Association

Karen Burke

Head of Accommodation Services, Sheffield Hallam University and Chair, Association for Student Residential Accommodation

Keith White

Managing Director, CRM Students