Who We Are


January 1 2003

Student Cribs Founded

Old Old Logo
Charlie Vaughan-Lee founds Student Cribs in Bristol, frustrated that letting agents refuse students quality housing. At first, Student Cribs is just 3 properties, but it will quickly grow.
May 1 2010

Fund 1 Raised

Fund 1 - 70 Waverley Road
Fund 1 is raised, which allows us to begin developing our first houses in 8 university towns and cities across the UK. All properties are 100% let, with word quickly  spreading about the quality of our Cribs and market leading letting terms such as no fees or deposits.
May 1 2010

First Office – 22 Norland Road

First Office – 22 Norland Road
With a growing team and number of properties, we move into our first office space in Shepherds Bush.
June 11 2012

Fund 2 Raised

Fund 2 - 26 Waterloo Road
Successfully raising our second Fund, we invest in properties across more UK university cities and towns. Student Cribs is on the way to becoming the largest provider of private student accommodation among 2nd and 3rd year students in the UK.
May 1 2014

Second Office Move – 81 Palace Gardens Terrace

Second Office Move – 81 Palace Gardens Terrace
Our second office space is in Notting Hill, where our growing team enjoy open work spaces and the famous Student Cribs industrial décor.
June 15 2015

Professional Cribs is Founded

Professional Cribs Logo
Our first properties developed for young professionals are purchased in London. Many Student Cribs tenants from around the UK choose Professional Cribs when moving to London after graduation.
June 24 2016

Investment From Institutional Investor

Investment From Institutional Investor
£200 Million in equity is secured, which the Student Cribs team invest in properties across 23 cities in the UK. There are now over 600 Cribs enjoyed by students across the UK, and Student Cribs becomes the leading provider of private student accommodation in the UK.
December 14 2018

Third Office Move – St Albans House, Haymarket

Third Office Move – St Albans House, Haymarket
We move to our current headquarters in London’s bustling Soho, with over 30 professionals now working in HQ for the growing brand.
October 24 2019

Student Cribs Win Estates Gazette Awards!

EG Awards
At the prestigious Estates Gazette 2019 Student Cribs won the alternative sector award which was presented by Claudia Winkleman. This is a huge milestone for the student housing sector. Judges said: “A unique offer with strong financials and impressive growth.” Their judges also loved the business model and the ambition of Student Cribs!  
September 1 2020

Student Cribs Secure Landmark Newcastle Portfolio

Newcastle landmark deal
2020 saw the completion of a landmark acquisition of prime Newcastle student properties, making Student Cribs the leading provider of private student housing in Newcastle.

Student Cribs provide high quality student housing, in both shared houses and apartments, in 23 cities across the UK. We are the largest single provider of 2nd and 3rd year student accommodation in the UK, leading the way in offering exceptional student accommodation. Each academic year thousands of Student Cribs beds are let, offering students stylish contemporary properties with the most modern facilities, in the best locations in university cities and towns. With Student Cribs, students get the most of their accommodation, allowing them to make the most of their time at university.

Student Cribs was founded by Charlie Vaughan-Lee in 2003, after he became frustrated at local letting agents refusing to let quality accommodation to him and his friends due to being university students. During his first semester at Bristol, Charlie rounded up investors, purchased and renovated 3 properties which he then let to some very happy friends; Student Cribs was born. Now supported by a young and passionate team headquartered in London’s bustling St James, Charlie’s vision is channelled through student accommodation in 23 British university cities and towns, allowing domestic and international students to enjoy a better standard of living, whilst also experiencing the peace of mind that they are living somewhere secure. Student Cribs have been reinventing university living since the early noughties, and have ambitious plans to continue changing the face of UK student accommodation for the better.

Student Cribs can be let in Newcastle, Nottingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Exeter, Manchester, Bristol, Salford, York, London, Oxford, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Keele, Stoke-on-Trent, Huddersfield, Swansea, Cirencester, Liverpool, Loughborough, Durham, Edinburgh and Coventry.