Student accommodation is our business. We created student accommodation, and then we transformed it into the global sector it is today.
But we know that there is still more to do.
Inspired by the business model of the global hotel industry giants, we want to expand and improve the scale, reach, and quality of student accommodation around the world.
Our vision is to be the global leader in student accommodation.
Our founder, Nicholas Porter, was a pioneer of the sector in the 1990s when he founded Unite Students (previously The UNITE Group plc), the original provider of purpose-built student housing. Unite Students grew rapidly in the proceeding decade before listing on the London Stock Exchange and entering the FTSE 250. Today, it continues to be the largest provider of student accommodation to students in the UK.
After leading Unite Students’ growth, Nicholas targeted his ambition at growing student housing globally and in 2008 launched a new group, Urbanest, in Australia, before entering the UK. In 2013, GSA was formed and has now grown to over 45,000 beds including development and pipeline projects around the world, providing a growth platform for investors and aligning to the appetite of international students of today.
Our strength lies in our expertise and collaborative and integrated approach. Working in partnership with the world’s leading asset managers and student operator has positioned us to deliver sustainable, high-performing investments. These unique relationships and our journey to date give us a holistic, data-rich understanding of the sector, reinforcing our industry-leading reputation for driving market transformation.
Over the last decade, Nicholas has developed a family of companies through his private investment company, Capital Values Group (CVG). In addition to GSA, CVG owns Yugo, the global operating partner of GSA; Student.com, the online marketplace for student accommodation; and Kinetic Capital, the debt financing vehicle for student housing.
This combination of companies and their expertise within the sector strengthens GSA’s unique proposition as the leading asset manager in student housing, and in stewarding the sector’s growth in the years ahead to create aspirational, progressive and sustainable student housing communities around the world.
In the past 30 years, the world is better connected than we could ever have imagined.
The need for students to live in safe and vibrant communities with quality accommodation helps students get the most out of university.
We have grown because we have listened and responded to the needs of university students across the world.
GSA is committed to investing responsibly and in a way that considers, and positively contributes to, the broader environment and society.
We recognise that our impact is broader than the financial value we generate. We believe that the student accommodation sector can have significant social benefits for a wide range of stakeholders.
We understand that a long-term focus on sustainability is the right thing to do, and positively impacts on value for investors and stakeholders. Investing well and responsibly will result in higher occupancy and income, and strong relationships with universities as we demonstrate our commitment to student wellbeing. It will also yield higher or improving asset values through efficient energy consumption and higher or growing asset values as we provide real estate with strong sustainability credentials that the market will demand over the long term.