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Why Unite Students

Unite Students is a unique organisation filled with positive energy and new ideas

Watch this video to find out what makes US different.

Who are we?

We're a dedicated team, driven by a passion for helping people be the best they can be.

Founded in 1991, Unite Students is a FTSE 250 business and the UK`s leading provider of purpose-built student accommodation. You can find us in 25 leading university towns and cities, with 74,000 students calling US home! We are driven by our values, culture, and a commitment to develop diverse and inclusive teams, filled with positive energy and new ideas.   

Instinctive inclusion.  We know that to create and maintain a happy healthy organisation, we have to work hard to ensure inclusion isn’t just what we do but who we are.  

People make Unite Students.   Employees, students, neighbours all contribute to building environments where we can all thrive. 

It's our shared purpose and we call it a Home for Success.

We've been doing this for over 30 years, which means we're not only the UK's largest provider of student accommodation but also the most experienced. No-one knows students better.
 

We use this insight to create homes designed around what matters most to students. We use it to deliver a best-in-class service, specifically designed to help students make the transition to university as quickly, as smoothly and as painlessly as possible and, after that, to be there when they need us.

We're also a business which takes its responsibilities seriously. We want to make a positive contribution to society and the communities where we work.

To do all this we need exceptional people. People who constantly want to make things better, who always finish what they start and are not afraid to make their voice heard when something's not right. We need people who know that great teams are more than the sum of their parts and who take pride in doing things well. Is that you?

Values


Creating Room for Everyone

Keeping uS Safe

Doing What's Right

Raising the Bar Together

We're a values-driven organisation. That means we don't just care about what you do, we care about how you do it. Our values aren't just some words on the wall, they're what helps us stay ahead of our competitors and deliver a Home for Success.

Working for Unite Students

Doing what's right for our students starts with doing what's right for our people. 

Balance
We advocate a healthy work-life balance, which is why we offer flexible and hybrid working and wellbeing initiatives.


Growth
Not only do we nurture the growth and development  of our students, but that of our employees too. Our focus from day one is to facilitate learning and development that supports both your role and your aspirations, so that you can be the best you can be.  


Reward
We value our employees' commitment, so we make sure everyone is rewarded fairly and on merit with a wide range of benefits that can be tailored to meet your individual needs. 

 

Benefits of working with US

We're dedicated to making Unite Students a fantastic place to work for everyone. Since your hard work is what makes our business successful, we want to reward our people with a variety of competitive incentives.

 Real Living Wage

We are proud to pay a Real Living Wage. We recognise the value of having a happy and motivated team who is compensated fairly for their efforts. We were the first in our sector to earn accreditation in 2015, and we remain dedicated to paying our employees the Real Living Wage in the future.

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We are delighted to provide a discretionary annual bonus scheme that recognises your contributions to our success.

Pig.png Pension Scheme

Our enhanced pension scheme allows you to save for retirement and as an employer we’ll always match your contribution and pay an additional 1% (up to 11% subject to employee contribution).

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We give you a competitive holiday entitlement starting at 25 days, which increases with your duration of service.

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We understand how important employee health and happiness are to the continued success of US. That is why, through our health cash plan, we provide a health benefit to all of our workers. This plan will help enable you to access high quality healthcare for smaller health issues when you need it.

 

 

Parental leave.pngFull Shared Parental Leave

A healthy work-life balance is important to US and we understand the value of family-friendly benefits that provide parents time away from the workplace. These benefits include 18 weeks of paid shared parental leave, opportunity to attend antenatal classes, and attendance at adoption sessions.

 Charity.png Employee Assistance Programme
We care deeply about your health and wellbeing, and we understand that life may be difficult at times. We've established an Employee Assistance Programme to give discreet help and support for both personal and work-related difficulties when you need it.

Plus, some of the other benefits we offer...

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 Sharesave.pngShare Save Scheme

 Tree 2.pngHoliday Buying Scheme

 Train.pngSeason Ticket Loans

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 Unite Students Accommodation Discount

My role within Unite Students is extremely rewarding. It allows me to learn a variety of different skills from sales to student welfare and safety training. The business rewards our hard work, which motivates me to push further and be the best I can be.

Our people Rose Barrow Service & Sales Advisor

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Rose Barrow Service & Sales Advisor

My role within Unite Students is extremely rewarding. It allows me to learn a variety of different skills from sales to student welfare and safety training. The business rewards our hard work, which motivates me to push further and be the best I can be. I’m always encouraged to share new ideas, so it has allowed me to embrace my creativity and I love that these efforts never go unnoticed.

Unite Students as a company has supported me from the get-go to progress in my role. The training provided in the first few weeks was extremely beneficial and allowed me to meet my new, friendly colleagues. This has been the best job I’ve had to date; I love how different my role can be from day to day. Despite the different departments, we all come together as one team which makes me feel supported.

Being a welcoming face for our students allows me to get to know them throughout their stay with uS – I love hearing the students’ great feedback, especially when they want to book again for another year.

You can develop and learn new skills whilst working with some of the most amazing, fun, creative and talented people I’ve ever met.

Unite Students has many reward and recognition schemes which truly shows how much they care about their people. I’ve never worked at a company that cares so much about their customers and employees.

I really am proud to work for uS!

 

Our people Karly Press Estates Manager

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Karly Press Estates Manager

No two days are ever the same and I work with some incredible people. The people at Unite Students are like no other company I’ve worked for, we’re passionate, professional, fun and caring; all driving towards the same goals.

You can develop and learn new skills whilst working with some of the most amazing, fun, creative and talented people I’ve ever met.

Unite Students has many reward and recognition schemes which truly shows how much they care about their people. I’ve never worked at a company that cares so much about their customers and employees.

I really am proud to work for uS!

 

Our purpose ‘Home for Success’ is so impactful, it’s a privilege to work for a business that’s progressive, curious and focused on influencing our next generation.

 

 

 

Our people Tom Ellis Deputy Chief Financial Officer

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Tom Ellis Deputy Chief Financial Officer

With responsibility across a range of subjects and teams, I am fortunate to have a role which brings something new every day, with the opportunity to grow and influence in our vibrant sector.

 

Who you work with is so important and I personally really appreciate the energy and enthusiasm of our people.

 

Our purpose ‘Home for Success’ is so impactful, it’s a privilege to work for a business that’s progressive, curious and focused on influencing our next generation.

Unite Students really stands by its value of creating room for everyone. There are endless opportunities for team and individual growth. The company promotes and encourages creativity, and provides a platform for voicing new ideas.

Our people Tina McPherson Service & Sales Supervisor

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Tina McPherson Service & Sales Supervisor

I get to be part of such a diverse, talented, and energetic team whose common goal is to provide the best possible experience to our students and support them through their journey at University.

Unite Students really stands by its value of creating room for everyone. There are endless opportunities for team and individual growth. The company promotes and encourages creativity, and provides a platform for voicing new ideas.

I enjoy being able to support our students with even the smallest things, to make their first time being independent a little less overwhelming – we have all been there!

The smile we see at the end of our service is the ultimate reward!

I enjoy the wide variety of interesting work. There are so many diverse challenges and problems to solve that keep me constantly engaged. I love coming up with innovative ideas and solutions, and as a team, we are given the space and freedom to do this. 

 

Our people Geoff Meston UX & Design Manager

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Geoff Meston UX & Design Manager

I enjoy the wide variety of interesting work. There are so many diverse challenges and problems to solve that keep me constantly engaged. I love coming up with innovative ideas and solutions, and as a team, we are given the space and freedom to do this. 

My role relies on our customers’ insight. I admire their willingness to help us improve. It is refreshing to work somewhere with such great access to understand and build relationships with our customers.

The culture at Unite Students is friendly, collaborative, and supportive. We work hard but also have fun!

Up to uS

Our Sustainability Commitments are built on five pillars that will have a significant impact on how we function as a business. They are as follows:

Net Zero Carbon - Becoming net zero carbon for both operations and developments by 2030

Resource Efficient - Creating resilient and resource efficient assets and operations, improving energy and water efficiency, and helping students adopt sustainable living habits

Health & Wellbeing - Enhancing the health and wellbeing of our employees and students, improving our service model, physical assets and employee support

Opportunities for All - Providing an environment where all can succeed, whatever their background, gender or ethnicity

Raising Standards - Leading the student housing sector for governance, safety and transparency

Unite Foundation

In 2012 we launched the Unite Foundation, an independent charity that provides accommodation scholarships for care leavers and estranged young people. Since then, we have awarded 514 scholarships, and 185 Unite Foundation graduates are pursuing their dreams!

Culture Matters

Our new employee forum provides a two-way communication process between the senior leadership team and the wider business, giving each employee the opportunity to share their voice and have an effect on the way we move forward together. The forum is not only a discussion, it has been designed to empower decision making and take action too.

Positive Impact

We pride ourselves on being the first purpose-built student accommodation provider to sign up for the NUS ‘Green Impact’ programme.

We are in our 8th year of running our Positive Impact scheme alongside the NUS ‘Green Impact’ strategy. It's a change-and-engagement programme that teaches people about sustainability and social responsibility, shows them what they can do to make a difference and encourages them to take effective action.

At Unite Students, we believe in doing business responsibly

Up to uS, is our strategy for achieving this

Our history

We’re the largest manager and developer of purpose-built student accommodation. But how did we get to this point? 

Find out more

Room for Everyone

We’re proud to be an employer that embraces individuality, and we’re passionate about building inclusive teams. We focus on creating a collaborative culture where you can be you, where your voice is heard, and where you can truly belong. We take great pride in being rated Gold Investors in People and are constantly striving to provide the highest standard of learning and development opportunities and professional pathways for our people.

Building a home for success, for both our employees and students, requires exceptional people with a passion for creating room for everyone, doing what’s right, keeping US safe, and raising the bar. Join us as we build better experiences for students that live with us.  

We are US.