News Article Kajima management PBSA Poland Student Depot student housing
by Property Forum | Career

Kajima has appointed Michał Obara as the Managing Director of Student Depot, Poland’s largest student accommodation provider. The appointment follows Kajima acquiring Griffin Capital Partners’ shareholding in Student Depot and opening nearly a thousand additional beds in 2023. 

Michał has over ten years of experience in real estate capital markets and development and nine years in finance, analysis and reporting. Having been part of the Student Depot team in 2017, prior to Kajima’s shareholding, Michal has extensive expertise in student housing acquisitions, development and lettings processes. In his new role, he will oversee the implementation of Kajima’s growth strategies for the business as it enters its next phase.

Michał Obara joins Student Depot from Echo Investment, one of the largest developers in Poland, where he played a pivotal role in supporting property acquisitions and evaluating investment strategy and portfolio performance.  

Michał Obara, CEO of Student Depot, said: "I'm excited to embark on a new chapter in my career as Managing Director of Student Depot, a company that I have been long fond of. I look forward to a busy period where we actively continue the amazing growth in our capacity and income and open new dormitories to provide more high-quality accommodation for Polish and international students. I will have the pleasure of working with some of the most experienced and talented people in the business.”

John Harcourt, Managing Director of Kajima Properties, said: “It is fantastic that Student Depot has attracted someone with Michal’s experience and knowledge of the Polish market as we enter our next phase of growth. As Poland’s largest and best PBSA platform, Student Depot is a hugely successful business, and with Michal’s expertise we can provide more students with fun, safe and high-quality accommodation tailored to their needs, cementing our position as the leader in the Polish market.”

Kajima acquired the majority interest in Student Depot in 2019 and expanded the platform into the largest purpose-built student accommodation provider in the country. Currently, almost 4,200 students are housed by Student Depot across the key university cities of Warsaw, Kraków, Poznań, Lublin, Wrocław, Łódź and Gdańsk.

Recently, Student Depot completed the development of their second dormitories in Warsaw and Łódź and commenced their latest development in Poznan, which will double Student Depot’s presence in the city. Student Depot will start development of its second Gdansk project in 2024, and the team is looking for further development opportunities across the country.