Around 300 investors, developers, operators and suppliers from around Europe are gathering at GSL Live ’22: Net-zero Student Living on 20th October to explore the issues arising from the drive to achieve net-zero in new developments by 2030, and in all PBSA buildings by 2050.

The conference is being chaired by respected PBSA veteran John Kenny, now at Realstar | UNCLE, and will feature presentations and panel sessions addressing key aspects of the transition to net-zero including modular construction and retrofit strategies as well as the role of smart-buildings and student behavioural change.

Organisations contributing to the conference agenda include Red Brick Research, Forvis, CBRE, TPMS, Sheffield Hallam University, ASK4, Utopi, R H Partnership, University of the Arts London, David Phillips, Silentnight, Gleeds, Detter Delivery, aparto, Hines, Yugo and Church Lukas. There will also be a charity appeal on behalf of Voices of Children who provide psychological support for children in Ukraine affected by the war.

At the conclusion of the conference, attendees will gather for a drinks reception to celebrate the winners of the Global Student Living Awards. The awards are based on direct feedback gathered by Global Student Living from more than 65,000 students around the UK & Europe during 2022. Across the 14 awards categories, 49 different universities and PBSA brands are represented as finalists.

We’re very excited to be bringing together the UK & Europe’s leading PBSA market players for this important event – to celebrate our successes, but also commit to further progress. We all know the challenge we face as an industry to meet our climate obligations, and time is short. Many investors, developers and operators have made strong commitments to meeting sustainability goals and it’s vital that we continue to meet regularly to share knowledge, develop strategies and forge new partnerships.

Tim Daplyn, Founder and CEO, Global Student Living

In addition to the main conference programme, an invitation-only Investor Summit is taking place to review recent market transactions, create new opportunities for partnership, and share views on the outlook for PBSA market activity across the UK and Europe. Summit Chairs include leading industry figures from CA Ventures, Patron Capital, Temprano, Apollo, Hines and others.

The event is being supported by leading connectivity brand ASK4, and the global PBSA operator Yugo. GSL have committed to managing and minimising the environmental impact of the conference in collaboration with their Climate Impact Partners, Ecologi.