Unite Students was founded in 1991 and since then it has housed more than half a million students in buildings across the UK. The FTSE250 company currently employs more than 1,900 people and is headquartered in Bristol. Here are some highlights:


  • Awarded Investors in People Gold for a further 3 years
  • Education Secretary Damian Hinds publicly endorsed the Leapskills programme


  • Opened 7 new properties in Newcastle, Durham, Bristol, Portsmouth, Sheffield and Birmingham totalling 3,074 new beds
  • Piloted the Leapskills programme, helping young people transition to independent living
  • Raised almost £600,000 for The British Heart Foundation over 2 years
  • Acquired the first major London development site in 6 years
  • Introduced an online student check-in system
  • Launched The Common Room, a digital peer-to-peer student advice forum, accessible through the MyUnite app


  • Converted to using 100% certified renewable energy across the entire business
  • Passed £1 million of charitable giving since 2014
  • Stapleton House awarded Private Halls of Residence (London) of the Year (Property Week Student Accommodation Awards)
  • Awarded the Behaviour Change & Employee Engagement Trophy for driving positive changes in energy consumption (Energy Awards)
  • Opened Mahadevi and 16-25 IP community projects within retail spaces of 2 different properties
  • Unite Group converted to a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)


  • Awarded Investors in People Gold Status
  • Office opened in China and Chinese website launched
  • Property Week's Student Accommodation Operator of the Year for third time
  • Bristol Business of the Year by local newspaper, Bristol Post
  • Employees and students raised nearly £200,000 for Sport Relief
  • First cohort of Unite Foundation graduates


  • Unite UK Student Accommodation Fund acquired a 2,100 bed student accommodation portfolio
  • First Living Wage employer in sector
  • Awarded 12 bronze Green Impact Awards by the National Union of Students
  • Employees and students raised £120,000 for Cancer Research UK


  • Launched key business purpose, Home for Success, putting students at heart of everything the business does
  • As part of £40 million investment, launched a £21m programme to install LED to properties
  • Awarded Gold at the London Design Awards in the Graphic Design - Environmental category


  • Student wellbeing programme launched
  • 20Mb broadband installed in all buildings
  • Award-winning re-financing


  • Created a second joint venture, targeting a £1 billion London Portfolio – the London Student Accommodation Vehicle (LSAV)
  • Successful issue of a retail bond, raising £90 million
  • Launched the Unite Foundation, providing first 21 scholarships for students lacking family support, incorporating free accommodation and contribution towards living expenses
  • Financial support of IntoUniversity, Land Aid and SIFE.
  • Awarded two prestigious environmental awards.


  • Launched an annual recognition scheme for employees
  • Gained Investors in People Silver Award


  • London office opened at Swan House, off Oxford Street


  • £194 million joint venture formed with Oasis Capital Bank to create 1,119 beds across three student homes in London
  • Phil White became chairman
  • Voted one of Britain’s Top Employers by Best Companies


  • Launched a change programme to help build a customer-led and city-driven business


  • Formed Unite UK Student Accommodation Fund (USAF), Europe’s largest unlisted and specialist student accommodation investment vehicle
  • Unite won three customer service awards


  • First joint venture for 1,168 bed student village in Sheffield, which brought the total number of properties up to 100


  • Acquisition of competitor, UniLodge
  • Unite customer research launched


  • Listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange
  • Expanded into Manchester, Liverpool, and Portsmouth


  • Unite listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM)


  • First properties opened in London


  • Unite acquired more properties in Bristol and began specialist property management services


  • First Unite property opened in Bristol and students moved in to a new type of accommodation

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