2017 NMHC Student Housing Conference & Exposition

September 25 - 27, 2017
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Tampa, FL



Attendees and Exhibitors:
 Updated news (and first-hand accounts from hotel staff) have confirmed that Tampa has come through Hurricane Irma with minor issues. That said, NMHC will proceed to hold the Student Housing Conference & Exposition as planned on September 25-27, 2017.  See you there! 


In its 15th year, the NMHC Student Housing Conference & Exposition is the premier event that brings together leading players in student housing to discuss the beginning of another school year and share vital information you can use to improve your negotiating skills and bottom line.

This year, NMHC has increased the networking opportunities, expanded the conference program to include SnapSessions and more concurrent sessions and developed a program with content and speakers that address critical issues in the areas of both capital markets and operations. Whether you are new to student housing or a veteran, you cannot afford to be absent September 25 through 27 in Tampa, FL.

Open to NMHC members and non-members, the conference is geared toward anyone interested in student housing and brings together over 700 leading owners, developers, operators, investors, lenders, brokers, suppliers and university partners.

2017 NMHC Student Housing Conference & ExpositionSeptember 25, 2017 01:00:00September 27, 2017 01:00:00Tampa, FLSeptember 25 - 27, 2017Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & MarinaTampa, FL America/New_York

Keynote Speaker

Coach Ken Carter
Author and Founder & Chairman, Coach Ken Carter Foundation

Preliminary Agenda At-A-Glance     

View a PDF of the agenda.

Monday, September 25



11:00 AM – 6:30 PM




Noon – 1:30 PM

NMHC Student Housing Council Meeting (NMHC Members Only)


Noon – 6:30 PM       

Meet the Money Arena 

Note: The companies in  this area will be independently scheduling meetings with conference attendees during this time.


2:00 – 5:30 PM

General Session


  • Industry Leaders Spotlight
  • Student Spotlight: Choices, Choices, Choices: How Students Select Where to Live
  • Average is Just Not Good Enough, PERIOD!
    Keynote Speaker: Coach Carter, Former Famed Basketball Coach, Author and Founder & Chairman of the Coach Ken Carter Foundation

5:30 – 6:30 PM

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall



5:45 – 6:15 PM

New! Meet the Keynote



Tuesday, September 26



7:45 AM – 6:45 PM



7:45 AM – 6:45 PM

Meet the Money Arena

Note: The companies in  this area will be independently scheduling meetings with conference attendees during this time.


8:00 – 9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast Social



8:00 – 9:00 AM

Student Housing Emerging Leaders Breakfast
(Open to All NMHC Members Under 40)



9:00 – 10:00 AM

General Session: Is Student Housing Resilient?



10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open 



10:00 – 11:00 AM

New! Networking Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall



10:15 – 10:45 AM

New! SnapSession: Student Housing Quickfire



11:00 AM – Noon

Concurrent Sessions



  • Developers, Investors and Owners: From A to Z Where Do You Put Your Money to Work?
  • Driving NOI: How Marginal Changes Really Add Up


Noon – 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall


12:15  – 1:00 PM

Commerce Corner in the Exhibit Hall 


1:00 – 2:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions


  • Mixing Things Up: Putting Mixed-use Student Housing in Context
  • Brand New: Marketing Strategies for Rebrands and Acquisitions


2:00 – 2:15 PM

Networking Break



2:15 – 3:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions


  • Delivering a P3 Project in One School Year
  • Securing Our Communities: Protecting Our Students, Staff and Stuff 


3:00 – 3:15 PM

Networking Break



3:15 – 4:00 PM

General Session: Customer Experience is a Journey



4:00 – 4:15 PM

Networking Break



4:15 – 5:45 PM

General Session: NMHC Student Housing DealTank



5:45 – 6:45 PM

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall



Wednesday, September 27



7:45 AM – Noon



7:45 AM –  Noon

Meet the Money Arena

Note: The companies in  this area will be independently scheduling meetings with conference attendees during this time.


8:00 – 9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast Social



9:00 – 10:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions


  • Tier 2 or 3: Risks and Opportunities
  • Cyber Security: If You're Unprepared, You're Behind!


10:00 – 10:15 AM

Networking Break



10:15 AM – Noon

General Session


  • Data Panel
  • Student Housing Trends: How Do Student Accommodations Compare Internationally?


Conference Adjourns

Note: Agenda is subject to change. Photos may be taken at the conference and posted online.


Tampa Marriott

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

700 South Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602


Room reservations should be made directly with the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel online or by calling 813/221-4900. NMHC has set aside a block of rooms for meeting attendees with a cut-off date of Tuesday, September 5. Our group rates start at $180 single/double occupancy, per night (plus applicable taxes and fees). To receive the group rate, please specify that you will be attending the NMHC Student Housing Conference when speaking to the reservations agent. Rooms are limited.

Wait List Information: NMHC's room block at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel is currently full. Please call the hotel and ask to be placed on NMHC's wait list if you are unable to make a reservation. Wait list requests will be accommodated by the hotel as rooms become available.

Cancellations: If your plans change and you need to cancel your reservation there, please contact Melissa Rowan directly at 202/974-2372 or mrowan@nmhc.org before canceling with the hotel so she may reassign your room to another NMHC member on the hotel's wait list, if needed. 

PLEASE NOTE: In the past, NMHC has received reports that sleeping room wholesalers have contacted some exhibitors/attendees offering great deals on hotels for the NMHC Student Housing Conference & Exposition. While it is not illegal for a travel firm or booking agent to solicit potential customers, it can be difficult to determine the legitimacy of offers from these organizations. Those who opt for alternatives to the NMHC negotiated rates may find themselves at risk. NMHC reminds its attendees/exhibitors that we have no affiliation with any of these room brokers. 

Ground Transportation


The Tampa Marriott Waterside is approximately 9 miles from Tampa International Airport. For those of you arriving by air, you have the following alternatives for ground transportation:


  • A taxi between the Tampa International Airport and the hotel will cost approximately $25 each way and takes about 15 minutes, depending on traffic.
  • An alternative to taxi service is Blue One Transportation. They are offering conference attendees special non-stop transportation between the Tampa International Airport and Tampa Marriott Waterside. The cost is $13 per person one way. View the flyer with details.
  • SuperShuttle is a shared ride service and may make multiple stops. From the airport, the cost is $12 per person one way. Contact the company online or at 800/258-3826 for hours of service or to make a reservation.
  • Valet parking at the hotel is $28 daily.


Please contact Melissa Rowan at 
mrowan@nmhc.org should you have questions regarding travel or hotel information. Please call the NMHC office at 202/974-2300 for all other questions.



Conference Registration

NMHC’s Student Housing Conference is open to NMHC members and non-members. Conference attendance fees or waivers do not include hotel room charges. The registration policy is as follows:


  • NMHC Executive Committee Members: receive three (3) complimentary registrations and may register additional representatives for a fee of $600 each, until August 25, and $800 thereafter
  • NMHC Board of Directors Members: receive one (1) complimentary registration and may register additional representatives for a fee of $600 each, until August 25, and $800 thereafter
  • NMHC Advisory Committee Members: may register representatives for a fee of $600 each, until August 25, and $800 thereafter
  • 2017 Chairman's Circle Sponsors ($50,000 or more): receive four (4) additional complimentary registrations
  • 2017 Friends of the Council ($25,000 to $49,999): receive two (2) additional complimentary registrations
  • Overall Conference Sponsors ($10,000 to $24,999): receive one (1) additional complimentary registration
  • Non-Members: may register representatives for a fee of $1,200 each, until August 25, and $1,400 thereafter
  • Exhibitors: receive three (3) additional complimentary registrations per 10’ x 10’ booth


Member registration is contingent upon dues being current. NMHC reserves the right to close meeting registration should interest exceed availability.


Please note: Registrations and changes received after September 18 (including on-site registrations) may not be reflected in the NMHC attendee lists.


NMHC's Policies on "Suitcasing", "Outboarding" and “Off Show Floor Exhibitor Entertaining”

In order to protect our valued exhibitors and the investment they have made to participate in the 2017 NMHC Student Housing Conference & Exposition, show rules strictly prohibit solicitation by attendees or non-attendees (NMHC members and non-members alike) who transact business at the exposition or in the Tampa Marriott Waterside and do NOT have exhibit booths. Please click here to download and read the full policy.



Meeting Cancellation Policy


Meeting cancellations must be sent in writing to NMHC. Written requests for meeting cancellation refunds received prior to ten (10) business days before the start of the meeting are entitled to a full refund, minus a processing fee of $250. No meeting cancellation refunds will be granted within ten (10) business days prior to meeting commencement.



Please contact NMHC’s Membership Department at 202/974-2300 or membership@nmhc.org for information regarding registration.

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. 

Exhibit Hall Information & Request Form

Interactive Exhibit Hall Floor Plan 

Frequently Asked Questions:

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 HousingConference registration 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 25: 5:30 - 6:30 PM 
September 26: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 5:45 - 6:45 PM

New! Meet The Money Arena

NMHC is providing a NEW opportunity for our financial market members to rent a meeting area in a dedicated, casual environment close to the Conference action. Financial market members can use this space to schedule their deal-making appointments with the leaders and decision-makers in Student Housing. 

Meet the Money Arena will be located in the hotel ballroom foyer where attendees are registering and entering the exhibit hall. Click here to view the floor plan

A Meet the Money meeting area is not to be confused with an exhibit booth. Meeting areas are limited!

Meet the Money Meeting Area Rental Eligibility
Financial market members that qualify may submit a request form for a meeting area. Financial market members are classified as companies who’s business is described as a:

  • Lender
  • Broker
  • Investor

Meeting area rentals are open to NMHC members only. 

Meet the Money Arena is open during the following Conference hours:


  • Monday, September 25 Noon – 6:30 PM
  • Tuesday, September 26 7:45 AM – 6:45 PM
  • Wednesday, September 27 7:45 AM - Noon

Your company representatives may schedule appointments at any time during these hours.

How to sign up!
Financial market members interested in a meeting area can complete and submit the Meet the Money Meeting Area request form to NMHC. The cost for an individual meeting area rental is $1,500.

Full Meet the Money Arena information including rental benefits can be found in the form. 


Meet the Money Meeting Area Request Form (includes hours, fees, and request form)
Meet the Money Arena Floor Plan

NMHC thanks our generous sponsors!


Conference Sponsors:
American Campus Communities
Core Spaces
Greystar Real Estate Partners
Institutional Property Advisors, a Division of Marcus & Millichap
KeyBank Real Estate Capital
PNC Real Estate
RealPage, Inc.
TSB Capital Advisors
Walker & Dunlop


Media Sponsor:
National Real Estate Investor 

All 2017 Chairman's Circle and Friends of the Council Sponsors


Student Housing Conference & Exposition Sponsorship Opportunities
Every year, many of our partners take advantage of this opportunity to market their organizations to the leaders and decision-makers in student housing. Many different sponsorship opportunities are available. 


Browse the 2017 Student Housing Conference & Exposition Sponsorship Opportunities to see all of the ways you can promote your company at this Conference! Contact Melissa Rowan at mrowan@nmhc.org or 202/974-2372 to inquire about item availability. 

Sponsorship Opportunities are available to NMHC members only. The minimum sponsorship level at this conference is $10,000.  

To confirm sponsorship, please complete and submit the 2017 Sponsor Request Form to Melissa Rowan at mrowan@nmhc.org.