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Sustainability at Unite Students


Our 2023 Sustainability Report

Our sustainability report, 'Making a Positive Impact', provides a more comprehensive overview of our work, including further explanation of our Sustainability Framework and the progress we have made against this.

Our performance in 2023

We are committed to reporting our progress on sustainability in an accessible and transparent way. Here you can read more about our performance in 2023.

Our Sustainable Construction Framework

Our sustainable construction framework sets out our wider sustainability aspirations and targets and how they'll be achieved through the design and construction of our properties.

Our net zero carbon pathway

We're committed to becoming net zero carbon across our operations and developments by 2030.

Our net zero carbon pathway sets out how we will achieve this and play out part in the fight against climate change.

Making a Positive Impact across


Creating a positive impact for


As a responsible employer, we work hard to attract and nurture the best talent which is why it is vital that our Home for Success ethos extends to all those who work with us.

This means creating a culture and working environment where difference is valued, and employees feel a sense of belonging. We recognise the importance of enabling employees to be more engaged, happy and healthy at work, including the part this plays in lowering turnover, sickness and absence, improving performance and productivity, and boosting employee safety.

Creating a positive impact for

Local communities

Creating social value that meets local community needs.

Our buildings and teams provide an opportunity to create real positive impact for local communities. Several of our properties include purpose-built spaces for use by local charities or community groups, and we are working to expand this by opening new community spaces in our existing estate as well as in future new developments. Our Positive Impact award scheme encourages all teams to set up community projects, and offers a full day of volunteering to all, providing employees with an opportunity to make a real difference and build better links between our properties, students and local communities.

We are committed to donating 1%* of our adjusted profit annually to social initiatives, which amounts to a commitment of around £2 million a year.

Creating a positive impact for

Students and young people

Investing in young people and creating room for everyone.

This year has seen us going further than ever to support students and young people, aiming to advance opportunities, inclusion and belonging on a national scale. Our ambition goes beyond the students who live with us, to create positive change across the PBSA sector as a whole

Creating a positive impact for

The environment

Reducing our environmental impact.

Our operations impact the environment, especially through carbon, energy, water, resource use and waste. We are committed to reducing these impacts across both our existing buildings and new developments. We are also keen to work with others, including our student customers and supply chain partners, to help them reduce the impact of their activity.

Press releases
Unite Students provides new 24/7 wellbeing specialist support
Unite Students, the UK’s leading provider of student accommodation, is offering unique 24/7 wellbeing and mental health services to 70,000 students.
Unite Students commences work on its greenest ever new-build property
Unite Students, the UK’s largest provider of student accommodation, has started building one of its greenest ever purpose-built student accommodation properties.
Press releases
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.
Press releases
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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