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Five top tips to ensure students are ready for life at university

Five top tips on how to best prepare for starting at university, including how to deal with the rise in cost of living, go-to recipes for healthy eating and finding out about the city students are about to live in
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Unite Students gives employees £500 payment to help with rising cost of living pressures

Unite Students is giving its employees a £500 one-off payment to help with the rising cost of living.

Half year results for the 6 months to 30 June 2022 – 27 July 2022

We have seen continued momentum in the first half, as earnings and dividends have grown strongly and reservations for the 2022/23 academic year are now ahead of pre-pandemic levels.
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Manchester Pride recognises Unite Students’ commitment to equality

Unite Students, the UK’s largest operator of student accommodation, has had its equality, diversity and inclusion practices recognised by Manchester Pride.
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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.
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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.
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Unite Students named Student Accommodation Operator of the Year

Unite Students, the UK’s largest provider of student accommodation, has been named Student Accommodation Operator of the Year at leading property sector awards, RESI. It was singled out for the way it supported students in 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its student rent support provided since the outbreak of the pandemic totalled in excess of £100 million.
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Unite Students, the UK's largest student accommodation operator, today announces a £64.58million upgrade across three of its Manchester properties – Parkway Gate, Kincardine Court and New Medlock House. Work on all three is due to be completed by September, the start of the 2022/ 23 academic year.
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Unite Students launches commission to support national change following ‘Living Black at University’ report

Unite Students has launched a national commission to support the higher education and private student accommodation sectors’ response to its recently published Living Black at University report.
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Rising cost of living increases pressure on parents with children at university – new study by Unite Students

New independent research commissioned by Unite Students shows parents and students at university are feeling the impact of the rising cost of living. With financial anxiety at high levels, Unite has partnered with Blackbullion to offer support to students and parents in a free downloadable guide.
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Careers advice driving inequality in education, report shows

The Social Market Foundation has published a report, sponsored by Unite Students, which shows careers advice is still “socially patterned” - schools in wealthier areas tend to steer children towards higher education, while schools in less affluent places are more likely to emphasise vocational routes.
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In remembrance of Sabita Thanwani

Following last night's vigil in remembrance of Sabita Thanwani at London's City University, we would like to express our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. On behalf of everyone at Unite Students, our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.
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Unite Students invites applications for lease of new community space in Tower Hamlets, London

Unite Students has opened applications for the lease and management of a new community space at its Middlesex Street development in Tower Hamlets. It is hoped the new community space will be utilised sympathetic to the site’s heritage – a former Shakespearean-era playhouse.
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Message from Unite Students’ Chief Executive Richard Smith regarding tragic death of Sabita Thanwani

Message: This is an unprecedented event for our business and a shock to us all. On behalf of everyone at Unite Students, I would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Sabita Thanwani. Our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.
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Unite Students to dispose of eleven properties for £306 million

Unite Students, the UK's leading owner, manager and developer of student accommodation, today announces the disposal of a portfolio of 11 properties, comprising 4,488 beds for £306 million, providing the Group with capacity to fund its £1 billion development pipeline and explore additional growth opportunities.

Results for the year ended 31 December 2021 – 23 February 2022

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Student drug use: reducing harm and tackling supply

Universities UK (UUK) has announced new work in partnership with Unite Students, GuildHE and Independent HE, to set out a common approach to reduce harms from drug use and better tackle supply.
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New report explores experience of Black students in UK student accommodation

A new report ‘Living Black at University’ examines the experiences of Black students living in student accommodation in the UK.
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Unite Students acquires new development site in Nottingham city centre

Unite Students has acquired a new development site in the heart of Nottingham City Centre. The site has planning consent for a 270-bed development. It will be the first development Unite Students has built in Nottingham city centre.
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Trading update and Q4 fund valuations

Unite Students, the UK's leading owner, manager and developer of student accommodation, today announces an update on current trading alongside quarterly property valuations for the Unite UK Student Accommodation Fund ('USAF') and the London Student Accommodation Joint Venture ('LSAV') as at 31 December 2021.
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New appointment: Unite Students appoints new Commercial Director

New appointment: Shauna Campbell has joined Unite Students from IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group plc) as Commercial Director.
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Unite Students launches pathway to Net Zero

Unite Students, the UK’s largest provider of student accommodation, has released a new document outlining its pathway to net zero by 2030, including targets for carbon reduction now formally validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)
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New appointment: Unite Students appoints new operations director

Paul Watson has joined Unite Students from IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group plc)
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Unite Students donates £30,000 to Manjit Wolstenholme Fund

Unite Students has contributed to The Manjit Wolstenholme Fund established in her honour to support children and young people in disadvantaged areas of Bradford, West Yorkshire

9 in 10 parents experienced grief after kids left for university this year

Our new independent research shows empty nest syndrome is hitting hard.

£450 million sustainability-linked revolving credit facility

We have agreed and signed a £450 million sustainability-linked unsecured revolving credit facility (“RCF”) from HSBC, NatWest and Royal Bank of Canada.

Unite Students commits to 100% renewable energy by 2030 by joining RE100 – 26th August 2021

Unite Students has joined the global initiative.

Half year results for the 6 months to 30 June 2021 – 27 July 2021

The business has once again shown its resilience in the first half and is now positioned for growth.

Unite Students exchanges on new development site in Stratford, London – 27th July 2021

The scheme is being targeted for delivery in 2025/26, subject to planning approval.

Unite Students to build one of UK’s most sustainable PBSA blocks – 26 July 2021

Unite Students is targeting its first fully net zero carbon building in London

New property in Bristol to be named after one of city’s first Black hospital ward sisters- 20th July 2021

The city’s former Bristol Royal Infirmary site will become Campbell House

Rise in eating disorders amongst students sparks concern – 30 June 2021

Our latest survey shows a rise of students suffering with eating disorders

Students call for stronger action on climate change – 09 June 2021

Including campus bans on single-use plastics, fines for peers and annual limits on flights

Unite Students Signs Power Purchase Agreement with npower – 29 April 2021

Unite Students signs a deal for a fifth of its electricity to be sourced from renewable wind power.

Results for the year ended 31 December 2020 – 16 March 2021


Unite Students disposes of properties for £133million – 30 March 2021

Unite Students announces the disposal of eight properties, for £133million
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Video – One Year since the start of the first lockdown – 26 March 2021

We look back at how we have responded to the pandemic

Unite Students wins planning approval for Nottingham development – 22 March 2021

Unite Students has been granted planning approval for a new development in Nottingham

Unite Students appoints new Chief Customer Officer – 18 March 2021

Karan Khanna joins the Unite Student executive team

Unite Students opens development in Manchester – 11 March 2021

Unite Students opens new £82.5m development in Manchester

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