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Over 37,000 rooms in operation, under construction or at preferred bidder stage
Long-term bespoke partnerships with 16 world-leading universities
Over 800 employees
£2.5bn invested in the UK higher education sector since 1998
Provided a home for over 310,000 students since 1998
Average occupancy level across the portfolio

Our Vision and Mission

A simple vision

Our vision is to deliver the very best student experience in partnership with great universities.

A defined mission

Our mission is to create exceptional on-campus residential and academic accommodation infrastructure in partnership with leading universities.

Our Values

Our values are summed up in one phrase – ‘partnership, innovation and community – delivered responsibly’.


Partnership is at the core of what we do, it’s in our name, we have a proven track record for working with our partners to realise mutual long-term objectives and we always aim to be the partner of choice in the UK higher education sector


Innovation is how we exceed the expectations of our partners now and in the future – whether that’s new approaches to completing transactions, procuring funding or student experience


Community drives student experience and we foster welcoming, healthy and safe communities which support our student residents to succeed in university life


Responsibility is ours to be the best possible partner, to innovate, foster student communities and keep our people safe

Our Story

Since being established in 1998, our strategy has focused on a partnership model.

We purposely designed our Group structure to ensure we are effective at developing, operating and managing our assets over the life of each concession, and we placed our entire portfolio on cost-effective long-term borrowing, effectively removing all refinancing risk.

In 2013, we made our debut £382.1 million public bond issuance. With a multicurrency programme size of £5 billion, the issuance was the first of its kind within the higher education sector. It illustrated our ongoing ambition to bring long-term institutional investment to UK higher education.

We launched a further tranche of £149.7 million index-linked senior secured notes under our investment-grade programme in 2014.

In 2018, we listed on The International Stock Exchange (TISE) enabling us to convert into a UK ‘Real Estate Investment Trust’ (REIT).

Today, our strategy remains the same simple one – to bring together the longevity of university business models, with cost-effective long-dated borrowing, in long-term partnerships for the mutual benefit of universities, students and investors alike.

We plan to continue to grow our portfolio, which now has over 37,000 rooms in operation, under construction or at preferred bidder stage with 16 university partners, and to actively build resilience across our Company by remaining true to the model that we developed two decades ago.

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