The Class of 2020, the Amsterdam-based non-profit organisation that aims to further the professionalism and knowledge of student housing in Europe and beyond has announced its partnership with Unite Students. Unite Students provides homes for 41,000 students in over 120 properties in 23 of the strongest university towns and cities across the UK.
Unite Students is a FTSE 250 company, listed on the London Stock Exchange (UTG). The company has high occupancy rates (97-99%) and recently reported strong reservations performance with 73% of rooms already let for the 2014/15 academic year.
In March, Unite Students successfully completed a £100m capital raise to fund a targeted regional development programme, which will see new properties open in Bristol, Newcastle, Aberdeen and Edinburgh in the next few years.
Unite Students’ partnership with The Class of 2020 illustrates the need for a more mature and professional student housing accommodation industry in Europe. Both organisations will benefit from the experience and knowledge of other partners in the network, and from the events that The Class of 2020 organizes throughout the year: from networking events attracting new investors, to webinars on operational excellence, and the annual Class of 2020 conference in November in Amsterdam.
Richard Smith, Managing Director of Operations for Unite Students said: “Accommodation at university plays a key role in the student experience and we are committed to providing a home for students that supports their success, whether defined as personal growth, future employability or academic achievement.
“Unite Students is a learning organisation and we believe we can deliver the best accommodation for our students by listening to them and to the wider sector. We look forward to working with the Class of 2020 and their partners in order to learn from them and share our knowledge and expertise in the sector.”
With Unite Students, The Class of 2020 will continue to build its organisation, further establishing itself as the leading European platform for student accommodation, higher education and city development.