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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 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.
  • We open our 100th property!

2006 - 2010

  • We celebrate our fifteenth birthday by winning three customer service awards.
  • We are voted 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 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


  • 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.
  • We increase internet speed throughout our properties.
  • 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 raises £120,000 for Cancer Research UK.
  • We become a Living Wage Employer.
  • We are awarded 12 bronze Green Impact award by the National Union of Students.
  • We win Student Accommodation Operator of the Year at the RESI Awards.
Unite Students accommodation at Angel Lane in London


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