ICEF for Accommodation Providers

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Global economic impact (billion)
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International students (million)

Who is ICEF

ICEF is the global market leader in business-to-business networking events and services for the international education sector. For over 25 years, we have been connecting education institutions and carefully chosen student recruitment agents with providers of accommodation for the short, mid or long-term accommodation needs of their international students.

Our unrivalled global programme of online and in-person networking events offers student accommodation providers an efficient and cost-effective platform to introduce your brand and access new clients in this exciting growing market.

Access customers at their most receptive with ICEF

International students represent a unique opportunity for accommodation providers: When studying abroad, these students need accommodation in their host country and are often willing to pay a premium for options which are seamless and hassle-free. Many of these individuals have higher disposable income than local students, meaning that they can be an immensely attractive market for the right accommodation options.  

Each year, millions of students from around the world choose to pursue their studies in higher education abroad. Popular study destinations such as the US, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany and Australia are well known for attracting large numbers of inbound students, while up-and-coming destinations like the UAE, Singapore, Malaysia and Argentina have also been experiencing growing numbers of international students from their respective regions. Regardless of where they choose to study, international students require safe and reliable accommodation.

Historically, most international students come from South Asia, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Northern Africa and Latin America.

How our network can help you

The majority of international students around the world find their programme of study and suitable accommodation through international student recruitment agencies based in their home countries. These agencies are specialist recruiters who know the application and immigration process for their key markets, giving expert advice and guidance to would-be students. These agencies are therefore critical in matching students with the right programmes abroad, assisting them with advice, and introducing relevant products and services – including the right options for accommodation.

These student recruitment agencies, as well as the education institutions abroad, are ideally positioned to introduce your accommodation services. They can be referrers, brokers or promoters of your accommodation – and you can meet these agencies and institutions at ICEF networking events. With access to information in many of these outbound student countries sometimes being difficult, a recommendation from an agent to a student is often a key purchase driver.


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November 2020 • International Student Accommodation in a Post-Covid World

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Upcoming events

To find out more about our upcoming events for international education professionals and for providers of accommodation and other services relevant to the international student segment, please see an overview of our upcoming events below.