Industry Update
Press Release10 October 2019

The Student Hotel Secures €90 Million Bank Financing for New/Existing Spanish Assets

Provided by Santander, Sabadell and HSBC

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Pan-European operator, developer and investor, The Student Hotel (TSH), has secured €90 million in financing for the development of two new hotels in Madrid and Barcelona, as well as refinancing for its existing assets in Spain. The lending was provided by a syndicate of three banks.

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The financing package forms part of a €2.0 billion accelerated investment programme by Amsterdam-headquartered TSH across European markets over the next five years, that is expected to result in the Spanish market growing in value to about a quarter of its operating portfolio, from 10% currently.

Lucas Rijckmans, Chief Corporate Services at TSH, said: "Spain is a key target market within The Student Hotel's European expansion strategy, due to its increasing attractiveness as an international student base and its draw as a major tourist destination. A growing number of academic exchange and summer school programmes is further driving the demand for high-quality short-stay student accommodation, particularly in Madrid and Barcelona, where there is a severe shortage of supply. By mid-2021, we expect our total Spanish investments to exceed €200 million."

Santander, Sabadell and HSBC provided the €90 million in financing divided proportionally between them and this has been allocated more or less evenly across the bulk of TSH's development projects and standing assets in Spain.

According to Christie & Co, in its recently published 2019 report on the hotel market in Spain, "with three projects in Madrid, Barcelona and San Sebastián, TSH (The Student Hotel) will be the hotel operator that will generate the largest number of rooms in the cities it studied". The report also concluded that TSH would be the fastest growing operator to target the student segment in Spain in the coming years.

The three TSH projects currently underway are:

  • Madrid La Imprenta - Refurbishment of an existing complex on the Plaza de España to create a 340-room TSH, with Collab co-working space, has already started. The opening of the hotel is expected early 2021.
  • Barcelona Provençals - The new-build 300-room hotel will have the full TSH brand experience, including its largest Collab co-working space in Europe at over 3,500 sqm, and is scheduled to open in second half of2021. Provençals will be accessible for any guest to stay, unlike TSH's existing campus-style student accommodation in the city at Barcelona Poble Sec (97 rooms - opened 2007) and Barcelona Marina (500 rooms - opened in 2009), which are restricted to students only.
  • TSH San Sebastian - This 328-room new-build hotel with Collab co-working space is scheduled to open in 2021, but is not yet included in the recent TSH bank financing package in Spain.
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The Student Hotel

The Student Hotel is where the needs of the demanding 21st century student and the design-savvy traveller of today meet in dynamic harmony. By fusing luxury, long-stay student accommodation with short-stay facilities for the social globetrotter, The Student Hotel is pioneering a modern hybrid in hospitality, the likes of which have never been seen.
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About The Student Hotel

The Student Hotel concept started with one simple observation: that students deserve better. Today, that vision has become reality and grown to encompass all guests with a ‘student spirit’. From design-savvy travelers to next-gen entrepreneurs, TSH now welcomes thousands of people annually to its ever-expanding portfolio of urban campus-style hotels across Europe.

Purpose-built or housed in historic reimagined buildings, TSH’s industry-leading concept provides blended spaces to learn, stay, work and play for a night, a week, a month or a year. TSH guests, businesses and local communities embrace its positive impact-driven programming and inclusive culture.

All TSH properties offer a mixed-use campus with accommodation, bars, restaurants, gyms, retail shops, meeting and event spaces and TSH Collab, TSH’s coworking hubs. With more than 6,000 rooms now open, TSH is operating in 16 European locations: Amsterdam City and West, Berlin, Dresden, The Hague, Delft, Vienna, Groningen, Eindhoven, Maastricht, Rotterdam, Florence, Bologna, and Paris, as well as two TSH Campus sites in Barcelona – student-only residences.

Its pipeline of new hotels includes Madrid, San Sebastian, Barcelona Provencal, Paris La Villette, Toulouse, Lisbon Carcavelos, Porto, Rome, Turin, and a further Florence location. Opening in the coming years, our pipeline represents circa. 6,000 additional rooms.

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