fbpx

Urban Campus announces the opening of a new coliving residence in partnership with the mixed real estate operator, Nhood, and the investor Batipart, (the buyer of the building) in 2024. 

The new Coliving will be located in the heart of La Maillerie district, 15 minutes away from the centre of Lille. The new residential program fits perfectly into the renovation project of this historic district, focusing on circular economy and a new way of living.

Urban Campus La MaillerieUrban Campus La Maillerie

Construction has already begun at the Urban Campus la Maillerie residence which will offer 121 studios designed to meet the needs of 25 – 45-year-old singles or those in a relationship, who work in the tertiary centres of the region, such as Les Prés or La Pilaterie. Between now and the planned opening in early 2024, Urban Campus will be involved in the project’s development, in partnership with the mixed real estate operator Nhood and the investor, Batipart, which has given it a management mandate.

As in all Urban Campus residences, the fully furnished and equipped apartments are supplemented by large shared spaces to promote social and professional connections. Kitchens, living rooms, terraces, a large garden, a coworking space, a gym, a library, and an event space will also be available to residents, giving them a sense of ownership over the entire building with the possibility to move freely throughout the entire coliving.

Urban Campus residences aim to connect residents to the area which they live in, paying particular attention to mobility and neighbourhood life. Thus, the residence in the Maillerie district is located less than 500 meters away from the subway and tram stations, 5 minutes by bike from the TGV and TER station Croix Wasquehal and includes a range of shared electric cars. It is also close to a 5000m² urban farm and 5 minutes away from Parc Barbieux.

Residents benefit from access to services, as well as events and activities, promoting living together, and personal and professional development. Urban Campus also offers residents a turnkey service, based on technologies developed in-house, integrating all smart building applications facilitating booking, management and maintenance of residences on a daily basis.

Urban Campus manages 5 coliving residences in Spain over 6000m2 and plans to open several residences in Europe starting in 2022, particularly in France, Spain and Portugal. «Our concept is based on solid and in-depth studies on the changing lifestyles and needs that emerge in a context of an increasing urbanization trend, particularly with regard to residential real estate. Urban Campus brings a real societal proposition with an added value well beyond simple real estate speculation» says Maxime Depreux, Chief Development Officer at Urban Campus.

«In the heart of a new city district, this building is Batipart’s first coliving fund investment. The fund has an investment capacity of €300 million in Europe for this strategy» confirmed Louis Bayon, Managing Director of Batipart Real Estate.

 

About URBAN CAMPUS

Founded in Paris in 2016 by John van Oost and Maxime Armand, Urban Campus is one of the leaders in coliving in Europe. The company operates 5 residences in Spain and plans to open 30 more residences in Europe by 2025, notably in Spain, France, Portugal and Italy. Urban Campus supports coliving projects from the concept phase to operation through long-term management contracts. Urban Campus develops its own smart building technologies and resident interface applications, which allows for real coherence of its concept throughout the creation and operation.

 

About NHOOD FRANCE

Nhood, a new mixed real estate operator owned by the AFM (Association Familiale Mulliez), is a player in urban real estate regeneration with a triple positive impact: societal, environmental and economic (People, Planet, Profit). Created from the merger of the Ceetrus and Nodi teams in January 2021, its expertise covers the development, operation and marketing of mixed-use sites, asset management and development. Committed to a vision of a more resilient, ecological city, with a wide range of functions and local uses (local shops, short-distance circuits, housing, offices, transitional urbanism and third places), Nhood France brings together the skills and real estate know-how of 374 experts to regenerate and sustainably transform an initial portfolio of 82 commercial sites managed in France, including 66 Aushopping centres, and around thirty urban projects. 

https://www.nhood.fr/fr – LinkedIn: Nhood France

 

About BATIPART

A family-owned group founded by Charles Ruggieri in 1988, Batipart invests and develops projects in the real estate, hotel and tourism sectors in Europe, Africa and North America.

In Europe, Batipart group is present in 7 countries – Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland and Luxembourg, with offices in Luxembourg, Paris, Toulouse, Madrid and Milan. Its European assets represent €4 billion under management.

In Africa, Batipart is a hotel operator and investor, with more than twenty hotels owned and managed, representing more than 700 employees throughout the African continent. In North America, Batipart is a real estate investor and operator in Canada and the United States in partnership with Cogir Immobilier with approximately €4.5 billion in assets under management.

 

Media contacts

Marta Torres

T. +34 636484866

marta.torresvilas@urbancampus.com

 

RTVE  (Spanish National TV) visited our Malasaña Madrid Coliving last Friday!

They wanted to see first hand, what it is like to live in one of our spaces, so they interviewed Matías & Diana, two of our Malasaña residents.

Matías and Diana, have been living at Urban Campus for over 3 years. They both met in our first coliving residence, Mellado Madrid Coliving in Chamberí, and then decided to move in together to our Malasaña Coliving looking for more space and privacy to keep developing their relationship as a couple.

Coliving is gaining more popularity as an alternative residential option, offering professionals an all-inclusive offer, flexibility in fully furnished studios and apartments, inside shared buildings, so they can enjoy both their privacy and share common areas with others.

Watch the full report below.

This week, COPE radio station did a broadcast about the living options young professionals are choosing in Spain after the COVID-19 crisis.

Coliving is also an option that is gaining importance, that’s why Urban Campus Malasaña Coliving resident, Noemi, was invited to do an interview to explain her experience living with us, why she chose coliving and all the benefits this alternative brings to someone in her situation. Some of the key aspects she highlighted were comfort, flexibility and community.

You can listen to the whole interview below! (Spanish)

Urban Campus was featured in an article in “Le Monde” about the rise of “coliving”, a new space for cohabitation.

“We create places to live and work”: the rise of “coliving”, a new space for cohabitation

Some companies are offering residences or houses for employees of the same or different companies, often with the help of external service providers.

Halfway between coworking and flat-sharing, the concept of “coliving”, which arrived in France a few years ago, offers individuals the opportunity to live in large shared buildings, which have many common areas and provide the users with a full programme of activities (gym, coworking, restaurant, bbq, workshops…)

An external operator manages and animates the space, the services are similar to the ones provided by hotels, and all bills are included in the monthly price. Forms of coliving vary, from small houses with handpicked residents to large residences with hundreds of rooms. According to a study published at the end of 2019 by the real estate subsidiary of the bank BNP Paribas, the market only offered 5,000 unit, but since then the number of coliving units continues to increase exponentially.

This new practice is aimed primarily at young workers, who are looking to avoid high rents at the beginning of their careers and want to meet new people. “Co-living affects urban, young, single people who live alone and find it difficult to leave the academic environment,” notes Monique Eleb, a sociologist specializing in housing.

Companies have started to propose this type of accommodation, when they hire an employee or send them on a project, as co-living is a very attractive offer for this kind of profile, notes Claire Flurin, co-founder and administrator of the international association Co-Liv. “Before the Covid crisis, we already had strong signals, particularly in the tech sector, with requests either for rooms in coliving sites, or entire coliving residences dedicated to the company, similarly to Google campus.

Shared Offices

Urban Campus Coliving Madrid

The concept facilitates remote professional activity, as an extension of coworking. For example, shared offices with Wi-Fi and printers can be part of the equipment. “In our coliving residences, a large workspace is included in the common areas”, describes Maxime Armand, co-founder of Urban Campus. “The concept is both housing and coworking spaces, on the ground floor or first floor, with comfortable seats, a double screen… We want to create places to live and work”, explains, Géraud Le Merrer, digital and marketing director of Sharies.

Read the full article in French in le Monde

Urban Campus was featured in the digital newspaper El Confidencial Digital last week.

The article explains how Urban Campus has positioned itself as a coliving pioneer in Madrid presenting coliving as a new residential alternative. It goes on to explain how coliving differentiates from other accommodation options and how we have successfully nurtured a community of professionals in both our Mellado Madrid Coliving and Malasaña Madrid Coliving.

Click here to read the full article (in Spanish).

Urban Campus Malasaña Madrid Coliving

 

After the successful first edition of the Coliving Awards 2021, Coliving Insights & Coliving Awards joined forces to create a special edition. They dedicated a section to Urban Campus in which our project was explained. Other participants and contributors who took part in this innovative event and take an important role within the coliving industry, were also featured.

Urban Campus was nominated for the ‘Best Operator of the Year’ & ‘Best Community & User Experience’ categories for this year’s first edition of the Coliving Awards.

You can download your copy to learn more about our project here.

Coliving insights x coliving awards
 
 
About Coliving Insights

Coliving Insights is the leading innovative Research Lab and Media Platform for coliving, which provides in-depth knowledge and gives key actors a voice in the ever-growing shared living sector. It strives to push the coliving sector forward and establishing a quality standard for the industry.

Real Estate platform Xm2 News interviewed Ana Martinez, Urban Campus Head of Operations – Iberia during #SIMAPRO2021, a real estate gathering which begins tomorrow Wednesday, May 26th. During these days, they will invite more experts to analyse the pandemic’s effect in the sector.
Ana went on to explain how ‘Coliving’ is implemented at Urban Campus, how our community is fostered and blended with the concept and our mission and vision to expand around Europe.
Additionally, Ana also went on to explain Urban Campus digital platform, Dunbar, and how it aims to positively support the resident’s experience while optimizing our operational and financial performance in a scalable and flexible manner.

>> CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL INTERVIEW <<<

 

Curious to stay up to date with Urban Campus?

Hazte Eco“, from Antena 3, a TV show dedicated to finding the most eco-friendly housing solutions, visited our Urban Campus Mellado Madrid Coliving.

They wanted to discover how this new way of living enables an eco-friendly lifestyle by saving energy while sharing and living in a community with other professionals with similar interests.

Watch the full video, where we explain, what measures we take to save energy, water… while building the best experience for our colivers.

Urban Campus was featured as one of the first Coliving operators in Spain in “Expansión” newspaper.

You can read the full article in Spanish or keep reading in English.

This is what the first ‘coliving’ project looks like in Spain

Renting a room or studio with cleaning and maintenance included and access to common areas, gym, movie theaters, cafeteria or workspaces: ‘coliving’ takes off in Spain.

Coliving, a model that allows like-minded people to coexist within the same community, offering F&B, WIFI, cleaning or maintenance services, takes off in Spain and does so thanks to operators such as Urban Campus, DoveVivo, Habyt, Homiii, Starcity, The Student Hotel, and Inedit.

In between student residences, hotels, and rental apartments, coliving offers the possibility of renting a room, in most cases with a private bathroom and kitchen, but also the usage of the building’s common spaces.  These common spaces are shared with other tenants with similar lifestyles and include work areas, a gym, a library, terraces, or even a laundry room. This formula was born in Silicon Valley, United States, and has already spread to several European cities such as London, Paris, Amsterdam, Manchester, Dublin, or Berlin. In Spain, it is still a very incipient phenomenon. According to JLL estimations, Madrid and Barcelona add up to more than 1,200 operational beds under the coliving model. Although focused on these large cities, operators are looking to other Spanish locations to expand their portfolios such as Seville, Valencia, San Sebastián, or Malaga. “We are already seeing a growing investment appetite for this type of asset in the market, which is inspired by elements of the hotel, multi-family sector or as a link between the student residence and the habitual family home, but with a more professional approach ”, Explains Juan Manuel Pardo, director of Coliving at JLL Spain.

Evolution
  • Madrid and Barcelona now have more than 1,200 operational beds.
  • Urban Campus, Habyt, DoveVivo, Starcity, The Student Hotel, Inedit, and Homiii are some of the operators present in Spain.
  • Investors look for opportunities in this growing business.
Operators

Coliving in Spain Expansión

One of the most active operators in our country has been the French company Urban Campus. The group, founded by John van Oost and Maxime Armand, has five coliving and coworking spaces in Madrid and plans to open 30 residential spaces in the next five years, in the main European cities, ten of them in Spain. Specifically, they want to have more than 2,500 residential units in Spain by 2023.

The Italian group DoveVivo, for its part, landed in Spain last year after the purchase of Oh My Place! and now manages a coliving space on Calle San Lorenzo in Madrid with 44 rooms, although its objective is to continue growing in Spain.

Habyt, founded in Berlin in 2017, has spaces in Madrid and Barcelona, ​​while The Student Hotel, with 16 centers in Europe, has two hotels in Barcelona for students and professionals in the education sector and plans to open in Madrid in autumn 2021 and in San Sebastián in 2022, in addition to the third center in Barcelona also next year. Homiii, the commercial brand of the Excem “Socimi”, buy flats in the best areas of the cities, renovate them and equip them with WiFi and Netflix in Madrid, while Inèdit has managed several centers in Barcelona for a decade.

Starcity, with presence in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Silicon Valley, which arrived in Spain through Barcelona Homes in 2020 and other operators such as Sun and Co in Jávea, The Hug, in Fuerteventura or Nine Coliving in Tenerife.

JLL foresees an expansion of the offer of beds in the upcoming years throughout the country of Spain and state that more and more international operators see an opportunity in the Spanish market due to its potential for travel.

Opportunities

“The current situation of coliving in Spain is marked by a regulatory complexity that makes it difficult for public administrations to qualify land use appropriately,” explains Pardo. In this sense, the lack of clear regulations in Spain makes it difficult to start new projects and clashes with the specific coliving regulations that the US has or the progress in the regulatory environment of cities such as London or Amsterdam. Coliving has adapted to the Covid, like other sectors, with the development of wellness programs, stricter cleaning protocols, and social distancing. According to JLL, in the current situation, coliving offers an opportunity for new revenue streams for the hotel sector, heavily penalized by Covid, given the similarity between the services and operations that both businesses have.

Urban Campus is one of the most important ‘coliving’ operators in Spain. The company manages two spaces in Malasaña and Mellado, in the center of Madrid, with a total of 120 beds. They include studios or apartments with an en-suite bathroom, which can be rented from one month on, and access to ‘coworking’ spaces, a gym, terraces with barbecues, relaxation areas, and movie theaters.

Is coliving the cure for loneliness during the confinement? El confidential investigates Coliving during the Covid 19 pandemic. They spoke to Urban Campus, and some other key players in the game, as well as our coliviers to get their opinion on living in one of our spaces during lockdown.

You can read the original article.

Or keep reading in English below:

Coliving has proven to be one of the most resilient sectors during the pandemic, and experts predict a ‘boom’ in this type of lifestyle in the next two years.

Coliving is a residential model based on renting a private space and sharing common areas between people with similar values ​​and interests. Some residents of these spaces define it as a ‘lifestyle’. It may seem that this set-up is incompatible with the pandemic, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it has proven to be one of the most resilient Real Estate sectors in the face of COVID, triggering a rise in occupation after lockdowns. Experts agree that there will be a boom in coliving in the next two years.

Urban Campus has two coliving spaces in Madrid, one in Malasaña and the other in Chamberí. Marketing manager, Marta Torres, acknowledges that during the confinement around 20% of the residents left, however, currently, of the 120 units between the two spaces, capacity is now at 95%. “As of mid-June we saw an increase in demands,” explains Marta to El Confidencial.

Urban Campus Coliving in el Confidencial

The most surprising thing is that the majority of new ‘colivers’ are Spanish, whereas before there was a higher percentage of international residents. “The trend has been reversed, now we have 60% national and 40% international,” Marta details. To make residents feel safe, they have implemented a multitude of sanitary measures. As in any public place in Spain the use of masks is mandatory in common areas, where the capacity is also now reduced to 50%. They have also popularised ‘online’ activities, such as the weekly community dinners, which before the pandemic were held in person. In addition, potential residents are offered the possibility of visiting the rooms online and can even ‘check-in’ remotely.

One Urban Campus ‘coliver’ is Xacobo Agraso, a 32-year-old young man from Galicia. Since August 2019 he has lived in the space that the company has on Andrés Mellado street, in Chamberí, which is where he spent the lockdown. During those three months only the five other people he shared the apartment with were allowed in & out. “It was very different because we were used to a dynamic of sharing spaces and moments with all of the residents of the building,” he explains to us. 

He feels a much stronger sense of community has been created. “We feel protected and we protect each other,” he says. A WhatsApp group for all residents helped them to stay in touch and send words of encouragement, between the difficult months of April and June. Today they continue to use this means of communication to share the latest restrictions implemented by the Government, organize yoga classes,  distribute job offers, and so on. It even helps them lend a helping hand to those who have tested positive in the community, and can therefore not leave their homes. “There is a very strong community feeling that we all really appreciate”, Xacobo emphasizes.

Of course no space is totally free of the Coronavirus. For this reason Urban Campus have developed a protocol to isolate any infected person and persons with whom they have been in contact with. Thanks to this strict protocol, they have managed to have no more than four cases. One of those cases was that of Esteban Sánchez, a 41-year-old Venezuelan who overcame Covid 20 days ago, without suffering any serious symptoms. “It was strange to experience this situation with roommates. The first thing I did was notify all of them, and then stop using the common areas. We then put in place an agreement for when I could use the kitchen” explains the ‘coliver’.

Another reference in ‘coliving’ is the Italian company, DoveVivo, who operate in Spain under the Oh My Place brand. Its Director of Operations, Irene Trujillo, recalls the feeling of “uncertainty” that she had when the pandemic began. Luckily they have seen though that “the sector has been very resilient and has come out much stronger.” Their strength lies in the fact that they are not part of the tourism sector, so residents stay living on average 12 months in their spaces. In addition many people do not want to go back to living alone with the possibility of another lockdown always hanging in the air, so this model “is a very interesting alternative.” Of course they have also implemented the necessary sanitary measures to prevent infections. They have increased the levels of social distancing, limited face-to-face activities, reinforced cleaning and they carry out a regular control of air quality. Regarding the protocol in the event of a positive case, they follow the steps stipulated by the Minister of Health.

Arrival of international investors

Coliving in Spain is still in its young stage, with just 500 beds available. The growth opportunities within the sector are insightful and some international investors are already looking at potential properties. “We are seeing European, American and Asian investors who are already analyzing buildings”, points out Javier Caro, Director of Coliving at CBRE, a Real Estate consultancy group. He assures that some operations have already been finalised, and predicts that the offer will multiply by up to five by the end of 2022. This is also something  demonstrated by the main operators in the sector. For example, DoveVivo plans to open a new centre in Madrid of 1,600 square meters and 400 beds, in the incoming weeks. In addition, it is about to close on two other projects in the capital, one in Chamberí and the other in Moncloa. For their part, Urban Campus plans to open more than 2,300 beds by 2023, for which they have a team dedicated to finding new buildings in both Spain and the rest of Europe.

Caro clarifies that “the business model has a long history in Spain, with a more adjusted profitability, drawing more attention to it, compared to other more consolidated markets”. He adds that these spaces will be increasingly specialized, distinguishing between, for example, communities of divorced people, entrepreneurs, MBA students, young professionals, digital nomads etc. Other real estate sectors are also seeing the potential of ‘coliving’. “Residential areas where people have common interests are the future. We are beginning to move in that direction, something we are already seeing in some Anglo-Saxon countries”, indicates Rebeca Pérez, founder and CEO of Inviertis, a company specialising in buy-to-let property. Above all, he is struck by the coliving spaces on offer for the elderly, “a segment of the population that is very large in Spain and lacks modern proposals.” He points out that these new communities will have a 24-hour infirmary and a hot water pool so that the elderly can exercise. Despite the fact that the sector still does not have specific legislation in Spain, the Director of Living at JLL Spain, a Real Estate  Consultancy firm, Juan Manuel Pardo does not think that it will be an obstacle to the arrival of new international investors. “It comes under the sector of lodging, which perfectly covers the term ‘coliving’. Pardo also believes “that having specific regulation will encourage the arrival of even more investors”. He affirms that “more and more operators are deciding to enter the Spanish market and are actively looking for products.”