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Introducing Unite Students

We’ve been providing students with a home for over 25 years. Here is how we got here:
 
Bristol Clifton Suspension bridge

1991-2000

Our first property is opened in Bristol through collaboration with the University of the West of England. We look to make our students’ living experience even better by introducing property management services, subsequently expanding into other cities opening properties in London, Liverpool, Manchester and Portsmouth.

Students stood outside a building

2001-2010

During this time our portfolio reaches 100 properties. We start carrying out customer research to find out what we can do to make things even better for our students, consequently winning three customer service awards and are voted one of Britain's top employers.

A group of students walking out of a business

2011-2015

By 2011, we provide a home for over 40,000 students in 135 properties across 23 key university towns and cities throughout the UK. In 2012 our charitable trust The Unite Foundation is launched. In 2014, Unite becomes Unite Students, a change in name that better reflects our values by putting students at the heart of everything we do.

2 women sitting at a desk working together

2016 onwards

In 2016, we retain the ‘Student Accommodation Operator of the Year’ RESI award for the third time in four years. We’re now providing a home for 50,000 students and open an office in China.

Charity

Alongside our Charitable Trust the Unite Foundation, we give considerable focus to supporting charities encouraging participation through our student and employee fundraising programme. Over the last three years, Unite Students have donated over £1m and 5,978 hours of employee time has been volunteered to local charities across the UK. In 2015, £120,000 was raised for Cancer Research UK and in 2016 over £170,000 was raised for Sport Relief by students and staff.

Recycling and Carbon footprint

The biggest impact of our company should be on providing a Home for Success for you whilst you stay with us, it shouldn't on our planet. We have a responsibility team who are dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint and keeping our business sustainable. We buy 100% renewable energy, promote recycling and carry out and carry out energy surveys at our properties to identify areas where we may need to improve. We also run the NUS Green Impact programme across our business, where staff champion sustainability efforts with you.
Male and female students doing gardening

Our people and Diversity

Our culture is rich and diverse, and this comes from providing a home for students from all over the world from all walks of life, and we do the same with our staff. We believe that to deliver a quality service to you, we need quality people, so we employee a rich and diverse range of people. We operate a non-discriminatory employment policy and were also the first Living Wage employer in our sector. In 2016 we were awarded the Investors in People Gold award, reflecting our continuing commitment to our employees in creating a great place to work and a great place to call home.
A group of students standing together and talking