- Liberty Living
- Corporate info
Liberty Living Limited
is one of the UK's leading providers of purpose-built student accommodation
We have over 24,000 beds under management across 51 residences in the UK.
Our accommodation is in prime locations across 19 major university towns and cities. In line with trends in student living, the majority of our rooms are en-suite with shared kitchens and social areas. The remainder are non-ensuite rooms. All our rooms are situated in high-quality, modern residences with, on average, 400 or more bedrooms, providing us with the scale we need to manage our assets effectively and efficiently.
Our aim is to create the best environment for students to thrive; well-located, well-priced, social and secure accommodation with outstanding facilities. We serve first to final year, domestic and international students and aim to provide extremely high levels of service to both students and our educational institution partners.
We are a trusted partner to more than 40 educational institutions who rely on us to provide best-in-class student accommodation and facilities, so they can focus on delivering world-leading education. Our financial strength, operational track record and high quality of service are key differentiators when educational institutions are selecting accommodation partners.
We are founding members of the ANUK code, which sets high standards for the management of student accommodation, and are highly-regarded across the industry for our superior service standards.
> Established in 2000
> 51 residences across 19 UK locations
> 24,000+ beds under management
> Relationships with 40+ educational institutions
Liberty Living was acquired by Unite Group plc, which operates under the Unite Students brand, in November 2019.
Unite Students is the UK's largest manager and developer of purpose-built student accommodation serving the country's world-leading higher education sector. We currently provide homes for almost 50,000 students in circa 130 properties across 22 leading university towns and cities in England and Scotland. Unite also has a strong development pipeline, which will deliver more than 6,000 beds in the next three years.
Unite’s commitment to customer service is powered by an innovative, in-house operating platform. It provides a wide range of benefits to their students, such as an optimised online booking process, as well as providing a unique ability to drive value from our portfolio through scale efficiencies and revenue management.
Alongside delivering quality service, Unite’s other strategic priority is delivering growing and sustainable earnings, underpinned by a strong capital structure. A key part of this strategy is growing the number of beds let though partnerships with mid and high tariff universities which are experiencing record levels of student demand. They currently partner with 60 higher education institutions, guaranteeing that approximately 60% of the Unite portfolio’s rooms are let under multi-year, 'nomination agreements' providing high visibility of forward occupancy and rental growth.
Unite is invested in and operates two specialist funds and joint ventures with institutional investment partners: the £2 billion Unite UK Student Accommodation Fund (USAF), and the £1 billion London Student Accommodation Vehicle (LSAV).
Unite is the founder of and major donor to the Unite Foundation, a charitable trust established to support talented students facing challenging financial circumstances through the provision of free accommodation annual scholarships. The Foundation has so far provided scholarships for 209 young people working in close collaboration with 27 universities.
Founded in 1991 in Bristol, Unite Group is an award-winning Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), listed on the London Stock Exchange and a member of the FTSE 250 Index.
Founded in 2000 as part of Brandeaux, a UK student accommodation open-ended fund, the Liberty Living brand was created in 2003.
Unite Group plc acquired Liberty Living’s UK assets from Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in November 2019.
Liberty continues to be one of the UK’s leading providers of purpose-built student accommodation with over 24,000 beds under management across 51 residences in the UK.
We have grown our portfolio both organically and through acquisition. Most recently acquiring the Union State portfolio comprising over 5,500 rooms from Blackstone in March 2017.