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London Stock Exchange welcomes Unite Students as PBSA provider marks 25th anniversary

19 June 2024

Unite Students is delighted to celebrate its 25th anniversary year as a listed company.

As the UK’s largest provider of purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA), it is one of the UK’s growth success stories over the last few decades, partnering with and supporting the UK’s leading universities.

Unite Students celebrates its 25th anniversary year as a listed company

Unite Students celebrates its 25th anniversary year as a listed company

It provides homes to c.70,000 students every year, across 158 properties in 23 leading university cities.

Headquartered in Bristol, the company has provided a home for more than two million students over the last three decades, creating thousands of jobs across the UK.

Formed in 1991, Unite Students has grown substantially since then. It was listed on the Alternative Investment Market in 1999, moving to main London Stock Exchange market in 2000. In June 2022, it was promoted to the FTSE 100 and currently partners with over 60 universities across the UK.

Its current growth trajectory is underpinned by a record £1.3billion development pipeline, which is set to further increase the supply of student accommodation in key cities around the UK.

Unite Students marks its 25th anniversary year as a listed company at the London Stock Exchange

It set up independent charity Unite Foundation in 2012, with scholarships awarded to more than 700 young people since then. The charity supports estranged and care-experienced students with a rent-free home while at university.

Unite Students’ high-quality properties are located near leading universities, where student demand is strongest. It operates as a responsible landlord bringing positive impact for both local residents and wider communities and is on track to be net zero carbon by 2030.

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Joe Lister, Chief Executive at Unite Students, said:

“I’m thrilled to celebrate the 25th anniversary of being listed on the London Stock Exchange and to reflect on all that we’ve achieved in this time. Unite Students is a real success story having grown from its AIM listing in 1999 to the FTSE 100 today and I would like to thank all those who have played their part to achieve this.

“We enter the next era of our journey with growing student numbers and pressure on supply. We are trusted by parents, students, and universities to provide quality, safe and affordable accommodation that supports the entire university experience.

“We are proud to be a part of the UK’s world-renowned higher education sector and will continue to partner with the UK’s strongest universities to meet the housing needs of future generations of students.”