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We work in long-term, trusted partnerships with universities to elevate the student experience.

A trusted partner to Higher Education

Accommodation is ranked as one of the most important factors influencing student wellbeing.

We work with universities to provide their students with a Home for Success – a place where they can grow, belong, and thrive.

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Working with us

Unite Students partners with 60 universities across England, Scotland and Wales, offering support, insight and value.

Supporting your students

Much more than a room – we offer a Home for Success: building communities where students can belong, feel safe and secure, and grow.

Partnership models

Unite Students has a long and established track record of accommodation provision for a range of university partners. Using our sector expertise, we work with you to develop a bespoke solution for your residence strategy.

Sector conferences & events

We regularly share our sector-leading insight at higher education conferences and events. Find out where we’ll be presenting next.

Student welfare support

We were the first in the sector to offer a student welfare service. Our in-house emergency contact centre is available 24/7 and students can find additional support via our partnership with Nightline. Almost half of the students who have used our welfare services say they would have left university without this support.

Rent rebates

The pandemic has been a uniquely challenging time for our business, but we took a lead in the sector as the first student accommodation provider to take decisive action on rent rebates. We supported students financially at a total cost of circa £100 million because we understood how important this was for their health, safety and wellbeing.

Digital platforms

Our services are developed using in-depth research into the requirements of today’s students. We have invested in digital platforms, including our student website and the MyUnite app, so we can respond quickly to issues related to routine aspects of our services. This helps our staff focus most of their time on areas that matter most to students.

Blogs

What we’ve learned about Empty Nest Syndrome
Unite Students recently shared the stark findings of its research on Empty Nest Syndrome. But what is Empty Nest Syndrome, and why is it important for Higher Education to take notice?
Empty Nest Syndrome: How Higher Education can support parents and carers
Unite Students has today shared the findings of its research into Empty Nest Syndrome: the heightened sense of extreme grief that parents and carers may feel when their children leave home for the first time, which may be felt more strongly following an intense time spent with one another during the pandemic.
What events do students really want in their accommodation?
Social opportunities are a key part of students’ university experience and, when held in their accommodation, offer the opportunity to foster a sense of community within their building.
24/09/2021
For universities
The Common Room: A hub of student support, information and guidance
Our student-facing blog, The Common Room, was set up three years ago to provide support and guidance to students, by students. Here, we outline how The Common Room works, what we publish, and how we distribute it – as well as a sample post by recent De Montfort University film studies graduate Sharna about her university experience.

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