Unipol housing

The accommodation we offer: focus on quality and choice
Our housing management philosophy
Our portfolio
Your Choice 

The accommodation we offer: focus on quality and choice

Unipol currently provides accommodation to around 3,000 students in Leeds and 300 in Nottingham. Most of our properties are owned directly by Unipol or are leased under a number of partnerships with local housing associations, local authorities and private companies. It is through these partnerships that Unipol has been able to develop purpose-converted, high quality accommodation specifically for students. Part of our portfolio is managed by Unipol on behalf of private landlords and they are required to meet the same high standards as Unipol owned properties.

All Unipol houses and flats are designed with the particular needs of student tenants in mind. Safety, security and location are given a high priority, as is the provision of a high standard of amenity.

Our properties are safe and secure, well designed and professionally managed, and all our properties meet the Unipol Code or the National Code for Larger Developments

Unipol has a range of properties to suit different tastes and needs. Choice is important to us. Our housing varies from small self-contained flats and bedsits for one to houses for up to 16 students. We have student complexes for as few as 40 students and for as many as 447. Many properties are old, even historic listed buildings, others are brand new. Some are within yards of the education institutions, others are a bus journey away; some are right in the city centre.

All Unipol tenants have free personal possessions insurance included in their rent, and many of our properties are now fitted with internet and WiFi.

Our housing management philosophy

We realise that the quality of life for students often depends on having good living accommodation, living with friends and being able to study effectively. Unipol is a specialist housing agency dedicated to providing the best housing and services we can.

We want our tenants to become part of our partnership with our customers, providing a responsive and realistic level of service so that students can get the best out of their time at university.

Unipol treats each tenant as a valued customer, and we take customer satisfaction seriously. Every tenant has the services of a dedicated Housing Management Officer who is responsible for a group of properties. They are on hand for tenants to contact should a problem arise.

All repairs are logged on an advanced computer reporting system and carried out by a team of Approved Contractors, many of whom have worked with Unipol for a number of years. You can be sure that any repairs needed in your property will be dealt with quickly and efficiently by a friendly team of contractors who are very used to working in occupied homes.

Through a dedicated out-of-hours emergency line, Unipol has staff and contractors available for emergencies 24 hours a day throughout the year. Open during office hours (and at some weekends during the summer), a large central office deals with routine enquiries and offers help where it is needed.

Our portfolio

Click here to see the full list of Unipol's portfolio and detailed information on each site.

Unipol properties and exercising your choice

Unipol has a range of properties to suit different tastes and needs.

Choice is important to us. Have a look through the menu items on the right and get a full sense of the types and range of housing that we supply in Leeds and also in Nottingham.

Our housing varies from small self-contained flats and bedsits for one, to houses for up to 16 students. We have student complexes for as few as 40 students and for as many as 447. Many properties are old, even historic listed buildings, others are brand new. Some are within yards of the education institutions, others are a bus journey away; some are right in the city centre. We realise that the quality of life for students often depends on having good living accommodation, living with friends and being able to study effectively. 

City living in Leeds

Unipol is committed to providing housing right in the centre of Leeds. These developments are intended for students who want to be at the heart of a dynamic and thriving city, with restaurants, bars and city centre life all round them. Many students have part-time jobs in the city and for those who live in these developments, home is often just around the corner from work.

Individual houses, bedsits and self-contained accommodation in Leeds

Unipol has a large stock of houses which have been converted for student use. This housing is mostly located in Headingley, Hyde Park, Burley and Woodhouse, all popular student areas close to central sites. Most of this housing is occupied by returning students (many leaving university accommodation for the first time).

A key aspect of Unipol’s design philosophy is that houses should keep their character and should give students the strong sense that, in moving in, they are leaving behind the inevitable feelings of institutionalisation characteristic of university flats.

The portfolio varies so widely that it is impossible to offer a description here, only a summary. All houses comply with Unipol standards and policies outlined elsewhere. Examples of typical houses would be:

  • Stables converted for four students with living room, large kitchen and four bedrooms. This conversion maintains the structure of the original stables. The building, internally totally new when it was converted in 1994, is in a conservation area and looks onto a large garden backed by Rawdon Lodge, a large house converted by Unipol into three student flats and four bedsits. Off-street car parking is available
  • shared house for six with a living room, large kitchen, six large bedrooms and two showers. It overlooks a pleasant garden, immediately next to another Unipol house which has been converted as a flat for three and a couple. Car parking is available in a large communal drive area (shared with six other houses).
  • small back-to-back house for a couple, consisting of separate kitchen, living room, traditional bathroom with shower above the bath, large master bedroom and large attic bedroom. The house front door goes straight onto the street with no garden but there is a communal bin yard at the end of the block. Street parking is available
  • property with a large garden converted into four bedsits and a self-contained flat. Each bedsit consists of a large centrally heated room with self-contained kitchen. Two bedsits share a dedicated bathroom with shower and separate toilet.

All of Unipol's housing stock has central heating. All larger units (more than three occupants) have a washer/dryer, which is included in the rent. All have smoke detection systems and each house with ground floor occupancy has a burglar alarm. Many have additional security features described elsewhere. Soft furnishings are fitted into all living rooms and some bedrooms.

Unipol houses are well located, well maintained and offer independent living in buildings of character.