WHY URBANEST? EASY.
We are a growing organisation with employees from all over the world. We embrace diversity, talent and ideas to improve and advance ourselves. At urbanest, we share success as a company. Help us be successful and we will help you achieve your goals. We aim to make urbanest a great place to work – and a great place to live.
Who are we?
We pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality accommodation and sector-leading service to students and universities. Currently we have seven properties within Zone 1: Hoxton, Tower Bridge, King’s Cross, St Pancras, Westminster Bridge, Vauxhall and Victoria. With exciting projects in the pipeline, urbanest is continuing to grow. We work alongside industry leading and award-winning architects, putting our residents’ needs at the forefront of any design decision. Each room is designed to maximise space and light, whilst delivering the best in modern living and fresh design concepts. Each urbanest has a community feel; with buzzing social areas and quiet study spaces for residents. We also run a calendar of events helping students to discover London, settle in, meet new people and enjoy their living experience with us.
Working with us
urbanest is building a strong positive reputation with some of the most prestigious universities in London. The people who run this company, care. We are passionate about investing in our employees and put a focus on developing and nurturing talent. Whether you decide to join our Customer and Property Management team or Central Support Office – you know you will be joining a company who consistently deliver excellent results within an exciting, fast-paced industry.
You have the opportunity to make a difference
Working for a small organisation means you are not just a number. Each team member’s performance is recognised and makes an impact on the day to day workings of our business. We seek people who are enthusiastic and continually promote a positive working environment, and are rewarded for doing so! We thrive on team spirit and supporting each other to achieve our goals – at urbanest, we share success as a company. Taking responsibility to deliver against set objectives and achieving outstanding results will pave the way to learning and development opportunities. Working for a market-leading company who have a strong focus on the future is an exciting opportunity for anyone, not just those looking to join the student accommodation industry. We are always researching innovative ways to improve the systems and processes we have in place and how this can benefit our teams and residents.
Diversity and Equality
At urbanest we are committed to promoting equality and diversity within our team and creating an environment in which all employees are treated with respect and dignity. We have an Equal Opportunities and Dignity at Work policy, which is available for all employees for guidance and clarity. Urbanest will not tolerate unlawful discrimination, harassment and bullying based upon the following protected characteristics; age, disability, gender-reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
From the start, we will offer you a competitive salary and benefits package, regularly benchmarking ourselves against competitors within the industry.
YOU & YOUR FAMILY
Many of our benefits are aimed at supporting you and your family, if they are important to you – they are important to us! We offer a contribution matching pension scheme to help you prepare for the later years, child-care vouchers for when the little ones go to nursery, generous parental leave policies, life assurance and much, much more. Your health and happiness is a priority. If you need time away from work to rest and recharge or travel the world – book some annual leave and go have fun. We deliver fresh fruit to our offices weekly, giving you a head start on that 5-a-day, provide eye-care vouchers whenever you require and run events to promote the importance of mental health in the workplace. Our Employee Assistance Programme is there to support our employees and their family members, inside and outside of work. We offer an anonymous, 24/7, free service delivered by trained professionals who are there to assist you. Whether your concern is money, health or family issues – help is at hand. We get it – London transport is busy and expensive. Our very popular Travel to Work Loan scheme and Cycle to Work loan scheme will help you save money on commuting to and from work. Last but not least, for the savvy-shoppers, urbanest offers perkbox, a total rewards portal, giving you access to money saving vouchers for cinemas, restaurants, high-street retailers and more!
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU
Learning is important. Once you leave school or university, learning should never stop. At urbanest, we offer extensive opportunities for personal and professional development internally and externally. Whether you’re attending training events, undertaking a course of study or shadowing other departments, we will support you every step of the way.
After realising the amazing talent we had in our organisation, our senior leaders from departments across the business put together a professional development course, with the aim to develop our next generation of managers, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to be leaders within the student accommodation industry. urbanest Impact runs twice a year and covers a range of exciting modules from Finance to Acquisitions and Development, giving our employees valuable exposure to our business.
Ark University Bursary Programme
In 2018 urbanest joined forces with Ark, an education charity that supports children from all walks of life, with access to a great education. The Ark bursary programme provides bursaries to high-achieving year 13 Ark students who have made a positive contribution to their school and community and are going on to study at UK universities. The majority of bursaries are for students that demonstrate high financial need, as shown by being eligible for free school meals within the last 6 years, as well as meeting other relevant eligibility criteria. We wanted to support Ark’s cause by providing bursaries to these remarkable students. These bursaries included financial support towards living costs and a room in one of our central London properties. In 2018, Urbanest provided 5 students with a bursary for the duration of their university course in London.
“Supporting students is at the heart of everything we do at urbanest, which is why we are so pleased to announce the launch of this new bursary scheme. The bursary is our way of giving back to the local community and providing young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds with opportunities they might not otherwise have.” Mark Smithers, Director: University Relations
Following weeks of interviews, our City Operations Managers, Phee Mann-Bryans and Karl Velinor supported Ark in selecting the successful students. These 5 students currently live across our portfolio of properties and regularly catch up with Phee and Karl! This amazing project will continue in 2019! We have had a number of volunteers from our team who want to get involved and will work with Ark in selecting 5 more deserving students to receive our bursaries. We look forward to welcoming them into our properties and supporting them throughout their time with us! Find out more on Ark’s website: https://arkonline.org/news/ark-students-given-access-free-university-accommodation-thanks-urbanest
10,000 urbanest beds by 2025
A living experience better than yesterday; even better tomorrow.
At urbanest, our values are at the heart of every decision we make. We recruit and build our teams with great people who champion and drive these values across our business.
We do the right thing
We learn and improve
We CAN do it
We see it, own it, solve it
We are there for each other