The best of Student Accommodation 2017

Red Brick Research and University Business announce the winners of the National Student Housing Awards 2017

This year’s winners represent the best in class across a range of highly competitive categories.

The winners were announced at a recent and highly anticipated online awards event with accommodation and marketing teams watching from all over the country. The winners were drawn from the results of the National Student Housing Survey the largest accommodation survey of students in the UK which this year received a record breaking 34,000 student responses.

Tim Daplyn, Managing Director of Red Brick Research said: “We would like to congratulate all the winners of the National Student Housing Awards. The NSHS has revealed that students are becoming ever more sophisticated in terms of their accommodation needs and to be an award winner means that providers and their teams have totally surpassed student expectations, providing excellent standards and a truly exceptional accommodation experience.”

This year’s four headline award winners are:  

Best University Halls – Lancaster University   

Lancaster University is consistently ranked amongst the UK’s top 10 in the main university league tables, and the collegiate student experience offer is rated highly by their students. Award-winning accommodation is just one of the results of over £500million worth of investment in the campus since 2002 – and that investment will continue with key projects including a new Health and Innovation Campus, a new home for their world class Management School, and further investment in their accommodation portfolio. The University is always looking to the next stage of development, and to the ever-evolving demands of students. 

Best Private Halls Provider – The Student Housing Company

Best Customer Service – The Student Housing Company

The Student Housing Company was launched in 2011 to manage purpose-built student accommodation, and the multi-award winning company now operates in 12 cities across the UK. TSHC always takes student feedback on board and continuously seeks innovative ways to improve their offering. Bringing a new energy and level of service to the student accommodation sector, TSHC offers students convenient and secure housing in ideal locations close to universities and provides exceptional value for money. Part of the world leaders in student housing, Global Student Accommodation (GSA), The Student Housing Company is proud to provide the very best in student accommodation.

Best Value for Money – Edge Hill University

Edge Hill University boasts a vibrant campus community based on an attractive award winning 160-acre campus. There is currently on-campus accommodation for 2,420 students and development is underway to include an additional 80 rooms for senior students from 2018.  The University has always strived to meet changing student requirements, hit sustainability targets and provide affordable living solutions for a diverse student body.  One of the ways Edge Hill’s accommodation remains affordable compared to its competitors is through sustainable construction. Edge Hill’s innovative approach to sustainability means that student accommodation is constructed to use less energy and lower maintenance costs – a saving which can be passed on to students.

Award Winners 2017

Best Small Provider – Code Student Accommodation

CODE Student Accommodation provides a thriving innovative student environment, situated in a sought after riverside location in close proximity to the local university. With a strong emphasis on health, fitness and exceptional customer service CODE help to deliver the best academic results for students whilst building a dynamic cosmopolitan community with a high propensity to renew.

Best Student Community – Durham University 

The colleges are at the heart of the wider Student Experience at Durham University, offering vibrant, supportive scholarly communities full of opportunities for students to gain new experiences and develop skills to achieve more in their future lives. The strength and effectiveness of college communities contributed to Durham being ranked the number one university in the UK for Graduate Employability. 

Best Learning Environment – Grizedale Townhouses (Lancaster University) 

Best Individual Accommodation –  County Townhouses (Lancaster University)

Adding to its awards Lancaster University again proves why it is a top ten university that is rated so highly by their students. Lancaster are currently looking at the next stage of residential development and are always keen to hear the thoughts of their students when it comes to their needs in future refurbishments and build programmes.

Best Booking Experience –  Sanctuary Students 

Sanctuary Students is a leading operator of purpose built student accommodation. They provide a home for over 11,000 customers in 39 properties across 14 of the UK’s top university cities. Sanctuary Students operate high-quality, safe accommodation located close to university campuses, transport links and local amenities. Students live in fully furnished study bedrooms with rents covering all bills, insurance, high speed Wi-Fi, 24-hour security and communal cleaning, delivered by dedicated on-site teams. 

Best Moving In Experience – CityBlock

CityBlock is a leading provider in the development and management of high quality student accommodation. With a track record of delivering exceptional customer service, from design and development to management and student welfare, CityBlock combines a caring and innovative approach as an independent, family-owned business. 

Best Student Broadband –  University of York

Since opening in 1963, the University of York has become one of the world’s leading universities, with a strong focus on academic excellence. A member of the elite Russell Group of UK universities, there are now almost 16,000 students studying at the university, many of whom live in the University’s campus accommodation. 

Best Environmental Management – Queen Margaret University

Queen Margaret University prides itself in offering students a friendly and supportive environment to live and learn. The University campus is a vibrant academic village with modern sustainable buildings set in landscaped parklands. The Student Village accommodates 800 students in a choice of standard or premium rooms all of which are en-suite. 

Best Specialist Accommodation – Goodenough College, London

Goodenough College is an independent educational charity. Situated in one of central London’s most beautiful garden squares, The College is home to over 700 postgraduate students, hailing from over 80 countries around the world.

International Accommodation Quality Mark (IAQM) Winners

Lancaster University
Liberty Living
University of Bath
University of Derby
Queen Margaret University
Kaplan Residencies
Fresh Student Living
The Student Housing Company
Goodenough College
Student Cribs

For further information on the Awards, please visit:


Is the university campus over?

JOIN FOR FREE 3 Feb 2021, 1PM [GMT]