Our Finance department is all about clear, sharp thinking – after all, they have a profound impact on our performance.


What's it like working in Finance?

Here in the Finance department, we work directly with operations managers and directors to analyse and interpret financial data. We report on sales, produce profit and loss reports and play a vital role in maintaining and developing our purchasing and control frameworks. When it comes to our procurement and vendor management expertise, we’re all about making sure that Unite Students gets the best value and service for money.

Want to be part of a team that values your initiative as much as your expertise? You’ve found it.

Rewards & benefits

What benefits will I get with my salary?

As well as a competitive salary, we offer a variety of benefits. These vary depending upon the role and the level of the position, however you can expect at least:

  • 25 days' holiday (increasing to 27 days' depending upon length of service)
  • Contributory pension
  • Annual bonus scheme
  • Life assurance
  • Sharesave scheme
  • Eye care/spectacle vouchers
  • Charity fundraising match
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Season ticket loans
  • Unite Students accommodation discount for children and siblings

Typical roles

We have lots of opportunities to get excited about in our Finance team, like:

  • Management accounting
  • Financial reporting
  • Cash management
  • Accounts payable
  • Payroll
  • Accounts support & collections


You’ll find our Finance team in our Head Office in central Bristol. There is also a team at our secondary Head Office in London.

“The people that thrive here are those that are naturally curious to understand the business.”

Our people Ryan Mahoney Group Financial Controller and Head of Investor Relations

There’s no doubt you’ll have an interesting and varied career at Unite Students, says Ryan Mahoney, Group Financial Controller and Head of Investor Relations.

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Ryan Mahoney Group Financial Controller and Head of Investor Relations

I joined Unite Students in October 2014 as Group Reporting Manager and was promoted to Group Financial Controller in November 2015. I originally applied because the sector interested me and I knew that the business had both an operational wing and a real estate development wing, so I thought that joining would offer an interesting and varied career.

Unite Students is definitely more entrepreneurial in its thinking than I expected, which was perhaps more to do with my perceived image of a FTSE 250 business than Unite. The fact that Unite Students is the leading student accommodation provider means that we’re always setting the bar for attainment and service delivery, and this drives the entrepreneurial spirit.

The business is fast-paced and open to opportunities to improve. At its heart it’s a meritocratic organisation – the people that thrive here are those that are naturally curious to understand the business, and enthusiastic to push forward with ideas to continually improve the way we operate and perform in all areas.

The sector, career opportunities and the people are the three main factors that make Unite Students such a great place to work and stay. If you want to be challenged and develop as an individual, Unite Students will be an amazing partner on that journey.

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