Busy and brilliant, our Maintenance team do a fantastic job maintaining over 133 buildings and properties across 28 university towns.


What's it like working in Maintenance?

While our job is all about managing the day-to-day running of individual buildings and delivering an effective and efficient maintenance service, it’s much more than that – we have a passion for providing the best possible service for our student customers.

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 Maintenance team, like:

  • Maintenance Operative
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Maintenance Specialist


Because our Maintenance team is vital to the smooth and effective running of our individual student properties, you’ll find them all over the country.

"I like working with the students because it gives me a chance to meet the customer face to face and it's a great feeling when we provide a good service and receive positive feedback."

Our people Alex Gilbert Maintenance Operative, Bristol

Bristol Maintenance Operative, Alex Gilbert, explains why he enjoys working for the leader in student accommodation and reveals why the company has such a great reputation for developing employees.

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Alex Gilbert Maintenance Operative, Bristol

I love the working environment and the support I get at Unite Students. I really appreciate that the company takes the time to recognise the hard work I put in and invest in training and developing my skills. The good working environment and the feeling of teamwork and support is amazing. There's real cooperation between the different city teams, too.

I like working with the students because it gives me a chance to meet the customer face to face and it's a great feeling when we provide a good service and receive positive feedback.

“Not everyone can say they enjoy their job, but I do and it’s a perfect fit for my skillset.”

Our people Brady Lee Vassallo Maintenance Engineer

As part of a five-man maintenance team, Brady loves working with students and enjoys the fast paced and varied nature of his role.

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Brady Lee Vassallo Maintenance Engineer

I joined Unite Students in June 2016 having worked in conjunction with Unite Students staff when I held a position at the University of Portsmouth halls of residence. After seeing how Unite Students functioned first hand, I knew it was the place for me. I can honestly say It’s met all my expectations and I’m really happy in my role. Not everyone can say they enjoy their job, but I do and it’s a perfect fit for my skillset.

I’m currently a Maintenance Engineer specialising in plumbing and it’s fair to say that some days are fast paced – and no day is the same as the next, so anything can happen! Having said that, we always deal with everything that comes in in a calm and professional manner and we’re always met with gratitude and thanks for the effort that we put in.

The culture and the attitude of the staff are second to none, and I believe the management style is great. Overall, this is a very rewarding, satisfying job that continually lets me use my skills and personality to enhance the student experience.

“Everyone works together to help each other and this makes Unite Students a great place to work.”

Our people Greg Taylor Maintenance Operative

Greg Taylor only joined Unite Students three months ago, but he’s most definitely found a job that he enjoys.

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Greg Taylor Maintenance Operative

I joined Unite Students three months ago as a Maintenance Operative. Even though I’ve only been here a short time, I’ve been welcomed from every member of staff and everyone is ready to answer any questions I have, which has been amazing. While there are lots of teams doing various jobs, everyone works together to help each other and this makes Unite Students a great place to work.

I look forward to coming into the office every morning and seeing what jobs that I need to do that day. Whether it’s unblocking showers, stopping leaks or changing light bulbs, I enjoy getting to meet new faces every day and help in a small way. Everyone I work with is happy and willing to talk or listen.

Unite Students is a great place to work – my work is fun and I get to meet new people every day, learning about different cultures and working alongside people I enjoy being around. By joining Unite Students, I have found what many people look for – a job they enjoy!

“It’s great to have a set of values that you believe in and can see being delivered.”

Our people Mike Jenkins Maintenance Supervisor

Maintenance Supervisor, Mike Jenkins, explains why the great culture at Unite Students means everyone works together to have fun – and deliver excellent customer service at the same time.

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Mike Jenkins Maintenance Supervisor

The culture at Unite Students is very friendly and exciting – no two days are the same in maintenance and it’s really fast paced role. Our two main focuses are the customers and team work – without working as a strong team we cannot deliver the excellent service our students need. We work hard but have a great culture, where having fun at work is also important. We do lots of team building activities and have many initiatives for those that go above and beyond expectations. We’re regularly acknowledged for our hard work and efforts – there are Starts awards, a bonus scheme and monthly rewards, including gift vouchers.

The company sends out updates so that everyone in the business knows what’s happening and where the business is heading. It’s really reassuring that there are so many opportunities and the business is growing – and it’s great to say that you work at the biggest and best company in our industry. There’s a great deal of job security and progression, something I can personally vouch for. I joined the company two and a half years ago as a Maintenance Operative, then Maintenance Supervisor and then to running multiple cities: Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol, Bath and Swindon.

The company’s values are at the core of what we do – it’s great to have a set of values that you believe in and can see being delivered. It’s not often that a company will put ‘have fun’ as one of their values, but Unite Students do because even during busy periods, they want people to want to come to work and be part of the team. 

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