2016 NMHC Student Housing Conference and Exposition

September 28 - 30, 2016
New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans, LA

Join us for the 14th Annual NMHC Student Housing Conference & Exposition, taking place September 28-30 at the New Orleans Marriott. This is the premier event for the Student Housing Industry bringing together over 700 leaders from all facets of the sector (owners, operators, investors, lenders, brokers, suppliers and university partners).

This annual event is strategically timed to take place at the start of each new school year and serves as a platform to share the most up-to-date industry information including lease-up numbers, new developments, millennial marketing strategies, technological innovations, new industry entrants and much more.


Open to NMHC members and non-members, this is a must-attend event whether you are an industry veteran, new to the sector, or seek exposure and access to industry decision makers. 

NMHC’s Student Housing Council is the leading advocate for the privately owned student housing sector encompassing off-campus student housing and on-campus public-private partnerships.


View a more detailed preliminary agenda



Preliminary Agenda At-A-Glance

Wednesday, September 28



10:00 AM – 7:00 PM




Noon – 1:30 PM

NMHC Student Housing Council Meeting 
(NMHC Members Only)




General Sessions:

2:00 - 2:15 PM

Opening Remarks



2:15 - 3:15 PM

Keeping Count: The Public Company Perspective



3:15 - 4:00 PM

How Big Was That Deal?



4:00 - 4:15 PM

Networking Break



4:15 – 5:30 PM

Keynote Speaker: Ross Shafer, Author, Entrepreneur & 
Six-Time Emmy Award Winning Comedian, Writer 
and TV Host



5:30 - 7:00 PM

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall



Thursday, September 29



7:45 AM – 7:00 PM




8:00 - 9:00 AM

Networking Breakfast



8:00 - 9:00 AM

Student Housing Emerging Leaders Meeting
(NMHC Members Only)




General Sessions:

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Industry Leaders: Business is Great But Where are We Headed?



10:00 - 10:15 AM

Networking Break



10:15 - 11:15 AM

Keeping COOs Up at Night: Pitfalls and Perils at Student Housing Properties



11:15 AM - Noon

Design & Development: What Today's Student is Looking For and How We're Building It



Noon - 1:30 PM

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall




General Sessions:

1:30 - 2:30 PM

P3: The Challenges of Competing for On-Campus Housing Opportunities



2:30 - 2:45 PM     

Networking Break



2:45 - 3:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions:


  • Investing and Raising Money for CRE: Why Choose Student Housing?
  • Marketing Strategies and Living Up to Generation Z's Expectations

3:45 - 4:00 PM

Networking Break



4:00 - 5:30 PM

NMHC Student Housing DealTank



5:30 - 7:00 PM

Networking Reception



Friday, September 30



7:45 – 11:30 AM




8:00 - 9:00 AM

Networking Breakfast




General Sessions:

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Buying and Selling: Where are the Opportunities and Why?



10:00 – 10:45 AM

Over the Ocean - What is the Appetite for International Student Housing?


10:45 – 11:30 AM

Deciphering Data: Tips to Estimate Student and Investor Demand

11:30 AM

Conference Adjourns

Note: Agenda is subject to change.

The NMHC Student Housing Conference is the premier event that serves as a platform to share the most up-to-date industry information, products and services. The sector's leading owners, developers, managers, lenders, brokers and university partners will be there – in short, the people with decision making authority. 


New Exhibit Booth Size Option! In 2016 only, we are offering a new booth size. These Plus Booths are 10' x 10' plus 8' x 6'.  These booths are great if you have a traditional 10' x 10' booth design and also need a little additional space in your booth. 


Note: The Plus Booths are the booths on the floor plan that have an "A" booth next to them (i.e. 100/100A, 200/200A and 201/201A).  These booths are not sold as 10' x 10' booths.

Exhibit Hall Information & Request Form


Exhibit Hall Interactive Floor Plan

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is a plus booth?  For this year only, a Plus booth is a 10' x 10' booth combined with an 8' x 6' booth. It is great for companies that need a traditional 10’ x 10’ booth and also want a little extra space to display a special product or have a small seating area in their booth.

  • How can I tell the difference between a 10' x 10' booth and a plus booth on the floor plan? Plus booths are the ones that have an "A" booth next to them.  Examples. 100/100A, 200/200A, 211/211A. 

  • If I list a contact on the exhibit request form, will that person be automatically registered to attend the conference? No. You must register whoever will be attending the conference (including booth personnel) online on the Student Housing Conference web page.

  • How do I register the individuals using the comp registrations that I receive with my booth? Once your booth request paperwork has been processed and you receive a booth assignment with an invoice or receipt, you can go online to register the persons attending.

  • What are the exhibit hall hours?  The exhibit hall will be open as follows: 
    September 28: 5:30 - 7:00 PM 
    September 29: Noon - 1:30 PM and 5:30 - 7:00 PM

  • How do I talk with attendees if the exhibit hall is only open during meal functions? Of course attendees will not be eating the entire time that the exhibit hall is open, especially during the two receptions.  In addition, we provide complimentary conference badges with your booth purchase (3 per 10’ x 10’ booth) to provide exhibitors the opportunity to completely integrate into the conference by attending and networking in the session rooms and during breaks between sessions.


    NMHC thanks our generous sponsors!

    Conference Sponsors:
    For Rent Media Solutions
    Institutional Property Advisors, a Division of Marcus & Millichap
    KeyBank Real Estate Capital
    Marcus & Millichap
    NorthMarq Capital
    PNC Real Estate
    RealPage, Inc.
    RISE, A Real Estate Company
    Walker & Dunlop


    Media Sponsor:
    National Real Estate Investor 

    All Sponsors


    Sponsorship Information:
    If you are interested in sponsoring this conference, please review the 2016 NMHC Student Housing Conference & Exposition sponsor opportunities. Contact Melissa Rowan at mrowan@nmhc.org with any sponsorship questions.