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

A trusted partner to universities

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.

“The residential experience is a core part of the student experience. Student accommodation is much more important in the UK than in most other countries.”

– Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute


Applicant Index 2022 - strategy box

Applicant Index

As the academic year fast approaches, the Higher Education sector is preparing for thousands of prospective students preparing to head to university for the first time. But who are 2023’s applicants, and what does the class of 2023 need at university?

With a view to starting to answer to these questions, we'll soon be sharing our inaugural Applicant Index report.

Leapskills - Strategy box


Our free Leapskills workshops include a programme of resources that we’ve carefully designed to address the most common challenges students face when they move away from home.

Through the interactive workshops, young people can discover what it is like living with new people, making new friends, balancing work with fun and managing their money.

Support to Stay - Strategy Box

Support to Stay

Student mental health support is a shared challenge across the Higher Education sector, and a holistic, collaborative approach is fundamental to addressing it.

Our student support framework, ‘Support to Stay’, aims to join up our student support services with those of our university partners.


Interview: How we create social impact at Unite Students
Purpose-built student accommodation isn’t just a building – it’s about being a positive and engaged part of a local community. We spoke to Ivy Yarrow, Social Impact Manager at Unite Students, for a deeper dive into what social impact looks like at Unite Students and the benefits it provides for our employees, students, university partners, charities and local communities.
Delivering a better student experience though ‘CARE’
Arriving in student accommodation for the first time can be exciting – but also daunting. Jo Blair, Head of Quality and Standards at Unite Students, shares how a revamp of our customer service ‘CARE’ principles will help students to feel more welcome within our buildings during the 2023/24 academic year.
Enhancing the student experience in accommodation for 23/24
With a new academic year rapidly approaching, we wanted to know what new and exciting initiatives are being rolled out to enhance the student experience in purpose-built student accommodation around the UK – so we asked our Accommodation Matters listeners to submit their own contributions about what they’re doing differently for the 2023/24 academic year.
How can we help university applicants to live independently?
Lottie Randomly, Leapskills Consultant at Unite Students, shares additional research we’ve undertaken with school teachers to understand the needs of the current cohort, and how the findings from both this and the Index highlight the need to prepare young people for independent living at university.


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Creating meaningful change

Living Black at University Conference

The Unite Students Commission on Living Black at University - the first research report to look into the experiences of Black students in UK student accommodation - hosted the Living Black at University Conference in 2023.

The free one-day event welcomed universities, accommodation providers, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) leads in the sector, providing an opportunity for guests in the sector to discuss and better understand the findings and recommendations from the Unite Students Living Black at University report, and take ownership of actions that support the creation of a more equitable environment where Black students can thrive.

What actions did our delegates take away from the Living Black at University Conference to create a more equitable living environment for Black students? Here are six key takeaways from the day.