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The Class of 2020 to explore “blending living”

European think tank specialising in student accommodation The Class of 2020 will host its conference in 2019 in the Germany capital of Berlin. The event, running on November 6-7, will focus on blending living and will explore the blurring boundaries between living, working and learning environments in global university cities.

The Class of 2020's 2018 conference was held in Milan. Photo: The PIE News

The 2019 event runs on November 6-7

“We observe a blend between student housing, co-living, short stay concepts and hospitality”

“The rate of change in the lifestyles of university students and young talent has accelerated immensely in the past decade,” the think tank explained.

“Gone are the days of siloed education and career paths defined spatially by homes, offices and university libraries.”

Digitisation of education and work, inaccessibility of housing for young people and less linear career trajectories have given rise to a new generation of globally-minded talent eager for experience-driven lifelong learning, it continued.

“At the Class of 2020, we were originally inspired to explore the role of the purpose-built student accommodation industry in shaping urban ecosystems for living and learning.”

“Approaching 2020, these are exciting times for the industry, as we observe a blend between student housing, co-living, short stay concepts and hospitality all contributing to more diverse options for accommodating individualised young urbanites.

“In wrapping our minds around the progression of PBSA and the complexities of accommodating talent in cities, we have been excited to find a number of accompanying ‘blends’ in university-city life,” it added.

As part of the event, The Class of 2020 will host real estate industry experts, higher education professionals, policymakers and city governments, and aims to “inform, challenge, inspire and provide networking opportunities with the most important leaders in the field”.

More information on the upcoming conference can be found here.

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