Welcome first-time Student Housing Conference attendees! Get the most out of your experience with these tips and tricks.

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We don’t have a specific dress code; however, business attire is acceptable and widely practiced.
Remember to check the weather before you pack.

Dress in layers. The meeting rooms in the convention center can be chilly.

Wear comfortable shoes! The convention center is large and you don’t want to limp from session to session.


Laptop or iPad to take notes and stay in the “know.”
Pen and paper to jot down contact information when business cards inevitably run out, or if you prefer hand-written session notes.

Business cards! You can never have enough. Have your business cards with you at all times; you never know when someone will ask to exchange contact info.


The myNAAPlanner is a convenient tool that enables you to plan ahead and determine which education sessions will provide the best return on investment. Create a tentative schedule before the conference based on your own educational needs, and those of your company.

If you’re not already on Twitter, get on and follow the conference hashtag at #NAAStudentConf. This will give you an insider’s view of what is trending before and during the meeting.

NAA Connect. Use it! Get involved with the student housing community before the conference even begins.

Download the mobile app and have the SHC information and schedule at your fingertips!


Plan your conference schedule before you arrive in Chicago. This will give you more time to interact and engage with other attendees.

Do you have a colleague attending the meeting? Ask them to take you under their wing and introduce you to fellow attendees.
Attend as many social events and receptions as you can. You’ll be rewarded with free food and cocktails!
Take part in all Newcomer events being offered.

Show up for sessions early. You’ll score a great seat and have time to mingle with the other attendees around you.

Need a conversation starter? Ask an attendee how they liked a session you both attended.


Attend the Welcome Reception on Tuesday February, 14. This is a great, relaxing way to meet other attendees.

Be flexible with your conference schedule. The “law of motion and responsibility”—formerly known as the “law of two feet”—should apply: If a session is not working for you, leave (even if you are seated up front). Go to another session or meet up with others outside the session rooms who want to engage in other conversations and networking opportunities.

Smile, be open and enjoy yourself! This is going to be a great experience and you are going to meet some wonderful people.