The Class of 2020 congratulates The Student Housing Company as the winner of The Class Best Operator of the Year Award 2019, recognizing the variety of services they offer, bringing a close focus on wellbeing within their operations.

The Class Best Operator of the Year Award recognises a housing operator that provides the best quality of living to the residents it serves. This operator will have gone the extra mile, ensuring the best provision of services that go beyond just meeting the needs and desires of the next generation of students.

A member of the jury, Charlotte Steedman, Founder at Conductor, commented: “TSHC offers a holistic approach to wellbeing from spiritual and mental health to physical and academic wellbeing, paired with thoughtful and considered design mixing quiet and lively spaces. This is an excellent all-rounder -continuously looking to improve and evolve.”

Nick Richards, Managing Director – UK and Ireland -  at Global Student Accommodation, said “We’re delighted to have won the prestigious Best Operator of the Year Award at The Class Conference 2018. It’s a real testament to the amazing work the teams do to ensure we go above and beyond for our residents. Our sector-leading approach to wellbeing is something that we’re incredibly proud of and we are thrilled to be recognised for the good it’s doing. We look forward to continuing to improve our offering and the great work we do within the wellbeing space.”

Other winners of the 2019, 3rd annual The Best in Class Awards are:

- The Class Best Property Innovation & Sustainability Award: CESH, Temprano Capital Partners

- The Class Best New Student Housing Development of the Year Award: The Student Hotel

- The Class Outstanding Mental Wellbeing Initiative Award: Campus Living Villages

- The Class Honourable Mention for The Best Co-Revolution: Talent Garden

- The Class Honourable Mention for The Best City Talent Attraction: Barcelona

- The Class Honourable Mention for Outstanding University Housing Office: University of Kent

- The Class Honourable Mention for Outstanding Goodwill Initiative: Kiron

The Best in Class Awards were judged independently of The Class of 2020 by a panel of experts:

  • Paloma Lisboa, Head of Student Accommodation at King’s College London
  • João Pinto, President at the Erasmus Student Network
  • Charlotte Steedman, Founder at Conductor
  • Samuel Vetrak, CEO at Student Marketing
  • Erica Sjölin, Head of members services and relations at Studentbostadsföretagen

About The Class of 2020
The Class of 2020 is Europe’s leading non-profit think tank on the future of living, working and learning. The Class is shaping the knowledge ecosystem in which cities, universities and the real estate industry cooperate to make student living efficient, international and welcoming. Our vision is for cities to attract and retain the brightest young minds, and for them to lead the way to social and economic success in return. The Class of 2020 provides cutting edge research to develop thought leadership on the ever- changing, modern urban landscape and connects all stakeholders through organised events.

About The Student Housing CompanySet up in 2011 to develop purpose-built, high quality student accommodation, The Student Housing Company has brought a new energy and level of service to the student accommodation sector. The brand is currently home to 6,512 students in 14 UK cities, across 18 purpose-built properties, and is set to open two Australian sites in 2018.

The company is plain-speaking, upfront and proactive. Focused on delivering high levels of service, security and attention to detail, The Student Housing Company continually updates accommodation and services in response to customer feedback, with the aim of delivering the best student living experience possible. Five promises underpin the brand’s values and are at the heart of their exceptional customer service.

The Student Housing Company won the “Best Customer Service” Award 2017 at the National Student Housing Survey Awards, and was named “Best Private Halls Provider” in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. They also won the prestigious Operator of the Year award at the Property Week Student Accommodation Conference and Awards in 2017. 

In September 2016, The Student Housing Company became part of the GSA family, and is now the sister operating brand to Nexo Residences and Uninest Student Residences. GSA is a global student accommodation leader, headquartered in Dubai. GSA is owner operator of student accommodation in Australia, China, Dubai, Germany, Ireland, Japan, and the UK. 

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