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Student accommodation in the spotlight

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The image shows a university student working on a project on a couch.

Australia’s student accommodation sector has been in the spotlight as international students return to our shores and investors circle what’s becoming one of the country’s most sought-after alternative asset classes. 

But the demand for purpose-built accommodation is outstripping supply as the sector grapples with the same issues facing the country’s broader housing market. 

So, what does the future hold? What measures are needed to address the current supply shortfall? And how can investors access this dynamic sector to propel its future growth?
Find out in our latest Talking Property podcast from Anouk Darling, the CEO of Scape – one of Australia's largest student accommodation owners and operators; Alex Crossing, the Asia Pacific Regional Head of Indirect Private Real Estate at CBRE Investment Management; and CBRE’s Pacific Head of Research Sameer Chopra.  

If you have any questions regarding this episode or property topics that you’d like CBRE to address in future episodes, please email us at: [email protected]. You can also find out more in CBRE’s recent Accommodating the Growth in Students research report. 


Anouk Darling

CEO, Scape

Anouk is recognised as one of Australia’s leading brand builders from the creation of Jetstar and Scentre Group to the rebranding of Westpac, and Westfield, to name a few. Her career has allowed her to work around the world, a global outlook she still carries today.  

Anouk has both retail and private equity experience and she was appointed as Scape’s CEO in July 2020 following a January consulting role to lead out the integration of the $2.2b acquisition of Urbanest and the subsequent re-branding to Scape.   

In an effort to raise awareness of the Purpose Built Student Accommodation sector and better the student experiences in Australia, Anouk has been leading the charge as the inaugural Chair of the Student Accommodation Council, a subdivision of the Property Council of Australia and more recently, appointed as an expert advisor for the Council for International Education and as a board member of the Property Council of Australia.     

Alex Crossing 

Regional Head – Asia Pacific, Indirect Private Real Estate CBRE Global Investment Management

Alex Crossing is the Regional Head for Asia Pacific within Indirect Private Real Estate at CBRE Investment Management (CBRE IM) and has worked across the Singapore and Sydney offices since 2008. She is responsible for managing the Asia Pacific component of global investment mandates, sourcing and undertaking due diligence on investment opportunities. Alex is on the Indirect Management Team and represents Indirect on CBRE IM’s Sustainability Committee.

Sameer Chopra 

Head of Research, Pacific & ESG, Asia Pacific, CBRE

Sameer is responsible for framing the real estate market outlook and developing economic and property sector forecasts. He is proud of the unique insights he brings to the market, which are cutting edge.

Kathryn House 

Pacific Communications Director, CBRE

Kathryn joined CBRE in 2007 following a 15-year career in property journalism working for some of Australia's leading newspapers, including the Australian Financial Review and the Sydney Morning Herald. She works closely with CBRE’s CEO and senior executive team to promote the company’s brand, platform and corporate values.

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