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1991 - 1995

  • Unite is born in Bristol! Through collaboration with the University of the West of England we recognise a way to regenerate tired, disused buildings into top-quality homes for students.
  • Our first property is opened in Bristol.
  • We open more properties in Bristol, and look to make our students’ living experience even better by introducing property management services.
Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol

1996 - 2000

  • We open our first properties in London.
  • We continue to expand, opening properties in the university cities of Manchester, Liverpool and Portsmouth.
  • We become a FTSE 250 company and launch on the London Stock Exchange.
Students outside a Unite Students property

2001 - 2005

  • We start carrying out customer research to find out what we can do to make things even better for our students, and share this information with our partners.
  • Acquiring a 1,168-bed student village in Sheffield brings our total number of properties to 100!

2006 - 2010

  • We celebrate our fifteenth birthday by winning three customer service awards.
  • Our commitment to improving the lives of everyone we work with is recognised when we are named one of Britain’s top employers
  • Our growth continues with the opening of our new Swan House office in London.
  • We appoint Phil White CBE as our new chairman. With an impressive history in the transport industry, Phil helps us drive positive changes for our students.
Member of Unite Students staff taking a call


  • By now we provide a home for over 40,000 students in 135 properties across 23 key university towns and cities throughout the UK.
  • We are proud to be awarded the Investors in People Silver Award.
Investors in People Silver Award


  • Unite comes of age! We celebrate our 21st birthday with the launch of our charitable trust The Unite Foundation.
  • The celebrations continue when we win two prestigious environmental awards from GRESB and BITC.
  • We receive our highest ever customer satisfaction and university trust scores.
Volunteers working on the Roots and Shoots LandAid project


  • The introduction of our Student Panel means that we can talk directly to students about what they want and ask them to get involved with making Unite even better.
  • We introduce free Wi-Fi throughout all our student homes.
  • Our customer satisfaction and university trust scores are at their highest levels ever for the second year in a row.
  • The launch of our MyUnite app means students can log and track maintenance requests quickly and easily from their smartphones.
Students using Wi-Fi


  • Unite becomes Unite Students, a change in name that better reflects our values by putting students at the heart of everything we do.
  • The World of Unite is launched on Facebook, making it even easier for students to connect with each other.
  • We increase internet speeds throughout all our student homes from 8 Mb to 20 Mb.
  • Our customer satisfaction and university trust scores enjoy a record high for the third year in a row.
  • Free fortnightly kitchen and lounge cleaning is introduced across our properties, removing hassle for our students.
  • Energy-saving LED lighting is piloted in our student homes. 
  • We buy five new properties providing a home for 3,000 more students.


  • Unite Students across the UK raises £120,000 for Cancer Research UK.
  • Became a Living Wage Employer.
  • Unite UK Student Accommodation Fund acquired a 2,100 bed student accommodation portfolio.
  • Opening of Orchard Heights (Bristol) and Angel Lane (Stratford).
  • Awarded 12 bronze Green Impact Awards by the National Union of Students.
  • Won ‘Student Accommodation Operator of the Year’ at the RESI Awards.
Unite Students accommodation at Angel Lane in London

2016... so far

2016 marks our 25th anniversary as a company, it’s also been one of our best years yet.
  • Investors in People awarded us Gold Status, an accolade which recognises that Unite Students offers a great place to work with a clear commitment to developing employees.
  • We retained ‘Student Accommodation Operator of the Year’ RESI award for the third time in four years.
  • We’ve opened an office in China and launched our Chinese website.
  • Staff and students raise over £170,000 for Sport Relief.
  • New properties to open in Coventry, London, Portsmouth and Aberdeen.
Unite Students accommodation at Angel Lane in London