2021 WINNERS AND FINALISTS

Congratulations to all winners, highly commended and finalist companies and individuals!

Finalist entries were judged by our Student Accommodation Awards panel of senior level decision makers and influencers, who also elected the next Hall of Fame inductees.

Best Covid Response - Student Property *New*

WINNER: Fresh

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Downing Students

  • Abodus Student Living

  • Aparto (Hines)
  • Arthur
  • BOHO Group
  • CityBlock
  • CODE Student Accommodation
  • Downing Students
  • Fresh
  • Future Generation
  • HOST
  • King's College London
  • LIV Student (Valeo Management Europe)
  • Londonist DMC
  • Nido Student
  • SugarCube


Climate Crisis Initiative - Student Property *New*

WINNER: BOHO Management

  • BOHO Management
  • David Phillips
  • Kexgill Group
  • Straits Capitol

Sponsored by:


Health & Wellbeing Initiative - Student Property *New*

WINNER: King's College London

  • Aparto (Hines)
  • CODE Student Accommodation
  • Collegiate AC
  • CRM Students
  • Fresh
  • King's College London
  • LifeProven Wellbeing Property Company
  • Londonist DMC
  • Nurtur Student Living
  • Study Inn
  • Yugo

Sponsored by:



Social Impact Initiative - Student Property *New*

WINNER: Kexgill Group

  • Kexgill Group
  • LifeProven Wellbeing Property Company
  • Novel Student (CA Ventures)
  • Selencky Parsons Architects

Sponsored by:



Agency Team of the Year

WINNER: Savills

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Harris Associates

  • Beachrock
  • Harris Associates
  • JLL
  • Knight Frank Group
  • Londonist DMC
  • Savills

Sponsored by:


Collaboration Award

WINNER: Uliving, Equitix and University of Essex for Decade of successful partnership

  • Balfour Beaty Investments and University of Sussex for East Slope Residences
  • Uliving, Equitix and University of Essex for Decade of successful partnership
  • Watkins Jones Group and Cranfield University for Homes for students, trees and bats timed to perfection 



Developer of the Year - Student Property

WINNER: Mace

WINNER: Urbanest

  • CA Ventures (Novel Student)
  • Downing Students
  • Future Generation
  • LIV Student (Valeo Management Europe)
  • Mace
  • Study Inn
  • Watkin Jones Group
  • Uliving
  • Urbanest

Sponsored by:



Hall of Fame

This year, the judges decided to induct two people to the Student Accommodation Hall of Fame. The first is sadly no longer with us.

Sean O'Shea, founding partner, UPP



Philip Hillman, chairman of living capital markets, JLL


Sponsored by:


Halls of Residence

WINNER: Fresh

  • Abodus Student Living
  • Benedicts Gate - Alumno Group / Carson & Partners
  • Corstophine & Wright
  • Downing Students
  • Fresh
  • HOST
  • Scotway House Glasgow
  • Stride Treglown and Aparto Student Living
  • Stride Treglown and WGP Architects
  • Yugo

Sponsored by:


Innovation Award

WINNER: LifeProven Wellbeing Property Company

  • Adventum Student Living and UniAcco
  • Ashcourt Group
  • BOHO
  • Future Generation
  • HeyHub
  • Kinetic Solutions
  • Lavanda
  • LifeProven Wellbeing Property Company
  • Staykeepers

Sponsored by:



International Operator of the Year

WINNER: Nido Student

  • CRM Students
  • Nido Student
  • Yugo

Sponsored by:



Investor of the Year

WINNER: Global Student Accommodation

  • Apollo
  • Blackstone
  • Curlew Capital
  • Equitix
  • Global Student Accommodation
  • Greystar
  • Harrison Street
  • Puma Property Finance
  • Shojin Property Partners

Sponsored by:



Legal/Professional Team – Student Property

WINNER: Pinsent Masons

HIGHLY COMMENDED: CBRE

  • Addleshaw Goddard
  • Brodies
  • CBRE
  • Curtins
  • JLL
  • Operis
  • Osborne Clarke
  • Pinsent Masons
  • QMPF

Sponsored by:



Operator of the Year (UK only)

WINNER: Abodus Student Living

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Aparto (Hines)

  • Abodus Student Living
  • Aparto (Hines)
  • CityBlock
  • CODE Student Accommodation
  • Collegiate AC
  • CRM Students
  • Fresh
  • Greystar
  • HOST
  • iQ Student Accommodation
  • LIV Student (Valeo Management Europe)
  • Nido Student
  • Realstar
  • Scape
  • Study Inn
  • Yugo

Sponsored by:



Rising Star

WINNER: Martina Pardo, A Designer at Heart

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Adam Hinds, LifeProven Wellbeing Property Company

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Mia Thorpe, Abodus Student Living

  • Amit Singh, Adventum Student Living
  • Adam Hinds, LifeProven Wellbeing Property Company
  • Claire Hutt, Yugo
  • Gina McMorran, CA Ventures
  • Jamie Harris, Harris Associates
  • Martina Pardo, A Designer at Heart
  • Mia Thorpe, Abodus Student Living
  • Tarek Jumah, Future Generation

Sponsored by:




University Team of the Year

WINNER: King's College London

  • King's College London
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • University of Birmingham Accommodation Services

Sponsored by:



Unsung Hero

WINNER: Dorene McDavid, Fresh

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Melissa Cubillos, Greystar

  • Louise Cant, HOST
  • Jim Cook, Future Generation
  • Melissa Cubillos, Greystar
  • Wendy Lee, Abodus Student Living
  • Angelina Livock, CRM Students
  • Dorene McDavid, Fresh
  • Gerry Pearce, Abodus Student Living
  • Dawn Wilson, Yugo

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