14:00 – 14:50 | Capacity challenges and solutions across major study destinations

Presentation followed by a panel discussion

🎤 Panellists

Djordy Seelman, CEO, HousingAnywhere
Maurits Van Rooijen, Chief Academic Officer, Global University Systems
Adam-Lucas Pettit, Director of Partnerships, AECC

Craig Riggs (moderator), Editor in Chief, ICEF Monitor

📝 Description

Beyond choosing what and where to study, one of the most significant challenges that international students are faced with nowadays is finding accommodation. Popular study destinations worldwide are dealing with capacity and affordability crises, which affect international students’ decision making processes and limit their study options.

In this session, HousingAnywhere’s CEO Djordy Seelmann will start with a brief look at the evolution of the cost of living in some of the major European study destinations based on the HousingAnywhere International Rent Index. This index analyses, each quarter, around 64,000 properties, predominantly furnished, including one-bedroom apartments, private rooms and studios that are mainly geared towards young professionals and students.

What follows is a discussion panel that zooms in on the following points:
Factors that contribute to the current accommodation, availability, affordability and accessibility challenges
A comparison between different major study destinations and how they are responding to their accommodation challenges
The role that technologically advanced accommodation booking platforms [can] play in terms of access to suitable and affordable accommodation for international students
The need for transparency, convenience, safety and equal opportunity, allowing students to make well informed decisions and book their new ‘home from home’
Insights into the options and responsibilities that recruitment professionals have, whether agent or education provider, to assist their students in securing accommodation in their study destination of choice