Mumbai, August 31, 2020:

Study space is the most important thing for 66% Indian students in their accommodation and significantly impacts value-for-money perception, as per Sodexo’s University Lifestyle Survey 2020. Meeting this demand, Tribe Student Accommodation - An award-winning luxury student hostel and Co-living operator and Sodexo, India’s leading food and facilities management company, have joined hands to offer greater comfort and ease to the higher education students. The initiative, includes complete management of Tribe Student Accommodations’ 600-bed residential campuses in Mumbai and Pune in its first phase.

Speaking about the development, Yogesh Mehra, CEO & Founder, Tribe Student Accommodation said,

We, at Tribe Student Accommodation consider ourselves to be the most premium luxury student hostel operators in India. Being a pioneer in this luxury niche, we pride ourselves on providing the best student living experience possible in the country. We are continuously at work trying to improve and innovate to lead this industry niche forward. Our collaboration with Sodexo is an extremely welcome step forward in our brand vision and ethos of providing a world-class service experience. This collaboration, we are confident, will elevate an already high level of experience at Tribe by bringing one of the world leaders in terms of operations to our customers. The safety and hygiene requirements of a post-COVID era have been integral in our choice for a partner and Sodexo is well known for high standards in such areas. We look forward to this partnership and hope for consistent growth.

Student living is an emerging niche in India

says Nitin Trikha, Segment Director – Sodexo Schools & Universities in India

Of the 34.1 million students enrolled in higher education, over 30% students pursue courses away from their home town. Campus accommodation is limited and PGs and rental accommodation nearby universities lack the holistic premium living solution. Residential campuses, therefore, are viewed as an extension to home with modern, state-of-the-art amenities and services that include high-speed Wi-Fi, comfortable en suite bedrooms, space to study and space to have fun. 

With greater awareness for quality of life, parents and students are seeking a safe, secure and hygienically maintained facility with nutritious and fresh food availability. Sodexo’s student experience program, called Student Living by Sodexo, goes beyond simply managing facilities. It employs student engagement strategies and services to help students feel at home and succeed both academically and socially. For the residential campuses it means, helping them focus on their core functions, -Nitin added. 

Sodexo will offer a comprehensive range of services including student dining, hi-street retail food solutions, advanced cleaning and housekeeping solutions, technical engineering, security, building maintenance and service helpdesk. 

Sodexo Edge with Student Living by Sodexo includes:

  • Sodexo’s industry first EduCARE solution that comprehensively prepares for post COVID reopening with heightened health & hygiene protocols
  • Experience of managing 4600+ educational institutions across the globe
  • Bespoke Student Living solution adapted from Sodexo UK’s award winning “Residency Living Program"
  • Best in class hygiene & safety practices (ISO 9001, ISO 22000, ISO 10500)
  • Global expertise on healthy & nutritious meals based on Sodexo’s Wellness Charter
  • Customized food services & integrated facility management solution to meet students’ need
  • High focus on Diversity & Inclusion
  • Comprehensive background verification & POSH (Prevention of Sexual Harassment) Act trained employees on campus to ensure student safety
  • Mandatory medical fitness checks and periodic health monitoring of staff

Sodexo globally has over 25 years of experience in managing off-campus Student Living Residences. In India, currently, we serve 56 premium schools & universities serving more than 155,000 healthy & nutritious meals every day to 91,000 students and 10,000 staff and faculty. Sodexo also manages 26+ million sq.ft of facilities including complete maintenance of 6000+ hostel rooms on campus.

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