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Who are we?

Founded in 1991, Unite Students was the UK’s first private provider of purpose-built student accommodation. Since then, we’ve provided a home for over 600,000 students as they make their way through university.
At the heart of what we do are 1,400 experienced people with a passion for looking after students.
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Not just a landlord

Having provided a home for students for over 25 years, we know what students want and need. We know too that every student’s different. We’ve used this insight to create places to live where you can feel at home, no matter where you’ve come from or where you want to go. Places where you can make the leap to university and get the most out of your time there. 
We know that university isn’t always plain sailing. But we also passionately believe that with the right support and surroundings, students can successfully navigate themselves through the lows as well as the highs of this exciting, sometimes challenging time. 
We call this a “Home for Success”

What makes a Home for Success?

Home for Success focuses on the three key areas our students consistently tell us matter the most to them, regardless of individual circumstances, lifestyle and aspirations:
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Getting settled in

Everyone remembers their first day at university. But experience tells us that the road to a happy student life starts the day you get your acceptance letter and start looking for somewhere to live.

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There when you need us

University may well be your first taste of independent living. We know that, for the most part, you want to be left to get on with your life without interference from us. But there may be times when you need help or, at least, the reassurance that we’re on hand if you do. Spotting these situations and responding is one of our core commitments.

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Safe and secure

We want you to get everything you want from your time at university: academically, socially and personally. We aim to create an environment where you can take on the challenge with confidence, whatever your ambitions.

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Meet our people

Home for Success is simple, yet powerful. It demonstrates how we help to provide an environment for students to be who they want to be. One of the greatest things about my role is seeing a student check in for the first time. Seeing them arrive on the first day of their new adventure is such a privilege. Most importantly, it reminds you that they are being left in our care and this is a huge responsibility.

Vicki Simmons, City Manager Birmingham

I love my role at Unite Students. I get to meet such a wide variety of students and spend time carefully selecting the best flats for them so they will have things in common with their new flat mates. I’m always confident they will have a great time living with us, in a safe, secure and well maintained property in great locations.

Rebecca Flaherty, Service and Sales Advisor, Newgate Court, Newcastle

It's Up to uS

We believe it’s Up to uS to do the right thing to ensure that not only do we meet the needs of our stakeholders, but we also deliver on our purpose, Home for Success. This means that we do business responsibly in every aspect of our business, making sure we:
  • Look after the interests of our customers, partners and investors
  • Reduce our environmental impact
  • Deliver positive social impacts for young people and the communities we work in
  • Create a diverse and engaged team
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Insight Report 2016: Resilience Skills

We’ve surveyed over 8,600 students to learn more about the non-academic elements of student life.
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