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Unite Students

Unite Students is the UK’s largest owner, manager and developer of purpose-built student accommodation serving the country’s world-leading Higher Education sector.

Our common purpose is to provide a Home for Success for the students who live with us and to be the most trusted brand in the sector. Our brand promises are to provide a space to grow and thrive, to provide a place to belong and be there when students need us.

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Unite Students commits 1% annual profits to social initiatives every year

We’ve committed to donating 1% of annual profits to social initiatives going forward, amounting to a commitment of c.£2million a year.

These initiatives will be closely aligned to its purpose of providing a Home for Success for students and its aim of widening participation in higher education.

There will be two main funding streams in 2022. The first covers Unite Students’ Leapskills programme – an interactive set of workshops designed to prepare school-leavers for independent living at university. The second will cover the Unite Foundation, the charitable trust founded by Unite Students in 2012, which provides free accommodation for care leavers and estranged students while at university.

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We are hugely proud to pledge 1% of our annual profits to social initiatives going forward. This is a significant commitment – for us as a business, and the sector more broadly. We have a long track record of funding social initiatives, but this new commitment ensures a sustained positive social impact.

Richard Smith, Chief Executive at Unite Students, said:

Why Unite Students?

Best-in-class operating platform

High quality portfolio

Substantial growth opportunities

Leadership in sustainability

High visibility over growth

Structurally growing sector

Unite Students:
Home for Success

Chief Executive Richard Smith talks about the purpose which drives Unite Students: Home for Success. He gives views on why everybody should have the opportunity to be the best version of themselves.

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Research and insights

The climbing cost of living - Financial tips for students and parents

Our new independent research* has shown that students and parents are extremely worried about the increasing cost of living. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Blackbullion, a financial wellbeing platform with financial education and funding for students, to offer help and support for anyone who’s struggling to cope financially.

Research and insights

Living Black at University

Living Black at University is a major new report into Black students’ experience in UK student accommodation, commissioned by Unite Students and carried out by Halpin Partnership.

Information for investors

Helping investors to understand our purpose and business and how we will deliver long-term shareholder value.

Building communities where students can belong and grow

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Hayloft Point, Aldgate East, London

Construction work has now started again on a flagship 920-bed scheme on the site of a former 1960s office block in the City of London.

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In Conversation with… Hillary Gyebi-Ababio
Jenny Shaw speaks to Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, outgoing Vice President for Higher Education at the National Union of Students (NUS), about students, community and her time at NUS.
‘In Conversation’: A new Higher Education podcast mini-series
This summer, Unite Students is launching ‘In Conversation’: a podcast mini-series, showcasing in-depth discussions with 3 Higher Education sector experts about their experiences, sector insights, and what they anticipate for the future. Jenny Shaw, Higher Education External Engagement Director and series host, shares more.
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Unite Students helps students make the leap to university
Unite Students has partnered with UCAS to deliver key skills in making the ‘leap’ to university to more prospective students.
09/06/2022
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Unite Students commits 1% annual profits to social initiatives every year
Unite Students has committed to donating 1% of annual profits to social initiatives going forward, amounting to a commitment of c.£2million a year.