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Development pipeline

We aim to have a development pipeline of more than 2,000 beds per annum, creating high-quality accommodation in prime locations.

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City of Nottingham

In line with our strategy to align with the strongest universities, we are expanding our portfolio in Nottingham. This includes two new developments which will help meet an increasing need for student accommodation in the city.

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Hayloft Point, Aldgate East, London

Construction is well underway on a flagship 920 bed scheme on the site of a former 1960s office block in the City of London.

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Campbell House, Bristol

A new 431-bed property on the former Bristol Royal Infirmary site which is due to open for the start of the 2022/23 academic year.

Looking to develop sites - In the pipeline:

For September 2022

We will deliver almost 1,400 beds across two developments, one in London and the other in Bristol.

Campbell House, Bristol

Hayloft Point, Aldgate East, London

For 2023 and beyond

Abbey Lane, Edinburgh

A 298-bed development will support the ongoing regeneration of this area of the city and at the same time help to meet unmet demand for purpose built student accommodation in the area. Read more.

Derby Road, Nottingham

A new 700 bed development at Derby Road adjacent to the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus. Read more.

Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham

Work will start later in 2022 on a 270 bed development which will retain part of the original property in Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham, close to Nottingham Trent University’s planned city centre campus development. This development will be primarily targeted at second, third and postgraduate students. Read more.

Baltic Wharf, Paddington, London

We plan to make this new development one of our most sustainable buildings by significantly reducing embodied carbon through the use of innovative design and materials with low embodied carbon.

Subject to planning approval, this 800-bed building will be our first net-zero carbon development during construction. Nestled between the Westway flyover and the Grand Union Canal, its green credentials will include a stepped roof garden, which will continue a green ribbon of trees and landscaping that already runs alongside the canal. The equivalent space of seven tennis courts will be landscaped and planted with grasses, shrubs and 25 mature trees.

Once operational, the building will run on 100% renewable sources of heat and electricity, and 10,000 litres of rainwater will be collected annually from roof terraces and used to flush toilets.

Nick Hayes, Group Property Director, said:

“We are aiming for this to be our first ever net-zero carbon building. The development will re-use rainwater, maximise natural light, be fully insulated and will use 100% renewable sources of heat and electricity.

“It will also help to meet the considerable unmet demand for student housing in London, while also bringing substantial social and economic benefits to the area. This is an excellent location for student housing, given its fantastic public transport links and close proximity to so many universities and colleges.”

Read more.


Land requirements in 2022

We are actively purchasing well located development sites in London and the regions to continue to develop much needed high quality and good value purpose built student accommodation. Download our brochure to find out more.

Development Press Releases

Press releases
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 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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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.
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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.
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.
New property in Bristol to be named after city’s first Black hospital ward sister – 20th July 2021
The city’s former Bristol Royal Infirmary site will become Campbell House
Unite Students disposes of properties for £133million – 30 March 2021
Unite Students announces the disposal of eight properties, for £133million
Unite Students wins planning approval for Nottingham development – 22 March 2021
Unite Students has been granted planning approval for a new development in Nottingham

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email Marcus Weeks (Acquisition and Development Director) on

Our suppliers

We work with long-standing contractor partners from the outset of each development. This ensures they are an integral part of the development team, contributing to design, risk mitigation and costing throughout the project. By taking this integrated approach, we are able to deliver accommodation schemes with market leading build costs and shorter lead-times without compromising quality.