27 - 28 March, 2018 | Royce Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ron De Haan


Director, Student Accommodation
University of New South Wales


4:20 PM Communal Spaces and Living Spaces: Battling the Under Supply and Affordability of Accommodation

UNSW is responsible for the operation of roughly 2000 beds, including 1000 traditional college style accommodation. Yet Sydney faces difficulties with identifying areas for development, which greatly impacts UNSW’s strategic direction whereby up to 600 additional beds may be needed for the university’s future growth. In order to combat this, like UNSW, many developers are considering battling the undersupply and affordability of accommodation through designing and creating spaces that are flexible to rearrange according to the changes in the market. So how many communal, shared and individual spaces should you be considering to ensure affordability for your students? In this session, Ron will discuss:

  • Accommodation models that enable better shared spaces and facilities as an affordable solution for students
  • Overcoming the barriers to construction costs or planning restrictions with developers to continuously meet supply and affordability in the long term
  • Understanding what drives the international market in Australian universities to cater to expectations and what strategic plans Universities and accommodation providers should put in place to maintain commercial competitiveness


Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Ron De.

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