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We work in long-term, trusted partnerships with universities to enhance the student experience.

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Accommodation is ranked as one of the most important factors influencing student wellbeing.

We work with universities to provide their students with a Home for Success – a place where they can grow, belong, and thrive.

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.

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. 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.

CASE STUDY
Generation z

Student expectations are evolving and they want to see improved social space and amenities catering for their interests, as well as the latest technology. University partners have higher expectations for students welfare.

We have trialled a number of new initiatives to respond to the changing needs of students. This included providing more information prior to arrival about accommodation, new features on the MyUnite app and increasing our welfare provision. We have also increased the event activity in properties, building communities for like-minded students who can connect through common interests. These events are run by our resident Ambassadors who provide peer-to-peer support and host a calendar of activities, enabling students to connect.

Student welfare support

We were the first in the sector to offer a student welfare service. Our in-house emergency contact centre is available 24/7 and students can find additional support via our partnership with Nightline. Almost half of the students who have used our welfare services say they would have left university without this support.

Rent rebates

The pandemic has been a uniquely challenging time for our business, but we took a lead in the sector as the first student accommodation provider to take decisive action on rent rebates. We supported students financially at a total cost of circa £100 million because we understood how important this was for their health, safety and wellbeing.

ResLife is an important part of bringing students together in their accommodation

Digital platforms

Our services are developed using in-depth research into the requirements of today’s students. We have invested in digital platforms, including our student website and the MyUnite app, so we can respond quickly to issues related to routine aspects of our services. This helps our staff focus most of their time on areas that matter most to students.

Blogs

What you need to know about the widening student gender money gap
Following on from our recent cost of living research, Vivi Friedgut – Founder and CEO of Blackbullion – explores an unexpected finding from their Student Money & Wellbeing report, published this year.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2022: Being there for estranged LGBTQ+ students
Family estrangement is sadly all too common for LGBTQ+ students. For Mental Health Awareness Week 2022, Fiona Ellison - Director of the Unite Foundation - shares what the Foundation is doing to support estranged and care experienced LGBTQ+ students, and what Higher Education institutions can do to support their mental health and wellbeing.
Accommodation Matters S04E03: The future of student mental health
9th – 15th May is Mental Health Awareness Week. For this month’s episode of Accommodation Matters, we take a deep-dive into current student mental health trends, the latest thinking in the student support sector, and what this means for the future of student mental health.
5 ways to help students feel they belong in their accommodation
In the second of a two-part series, Jenny Shaw – Higher Education External Engagement Director at Unite Students – offers her insights into helping students to feel a sense of belonging in their accommodation.

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