Who we are

Student Cribs provide high quality student housing, in both shared houses and apartments, in 24 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 24 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.

2023
Opening of the Leicester Regional Office
Student Cribs Leicester Student Accomodation

Our 4th office is opened in Leicester, to support our tenants in Leicester and the surrounding Midlands. Student Cribs now have an office presence in London (HQ), Newcastle, Manchester and Leicester.

Fourth Office Move – 33 Cavendish Square
Fourth Office Move – 33 Cavendish Square

Student Cribs HQ moves to 33 Cavendish Square in the heart of Fitzrovia, fitted out to cater to the growing team.

2022
Opening of the Manchester Regional Office
Opening of the Manchester Regional Office

Following the success of the Newcastle office, Student Cribs open a 3rd office in Manchester. The office is excellently located in Salford Quays, perfectly situated to serve the brands Manchester Fallowfield and Salford tenants.

2021
Student Cribs Launches in Leicester
The Hosiery Leicester

Student Cribs launch in their 25th market: Leicester! Student Cribs’ Leicester properties are spread across 3 buildings, ranging from studios to large cluster flats. Refurbished in 2022, these properties are high-spec and designed for students.

Student Cribs Adds over 300 Beds in Core Markets
Student Cribs Adds over 300 Beds in Core Markets

Student Cribs complete on an excellent portfolio of 313 beds in some of our core markets: Nottingham, Exeter, Leeds and Manchester.

Opening of the Newcastle Regional Office
Newcastle

Student Cribs opens their first regional office in Newcastle to support the delivery of excellent customer service in the North East.

2019
Student Cribs Win Estates Gazette Awards!
Student Cribs Win Estates Gazette 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…Read More

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.

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.

2015
Professional Cribs is Founded
Professional Cribs is Founded

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.

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.

2012
Fund 2 Raised
Fund 2 Raised

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 students in the UK.

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.

Fund 1 Raised
Fund 1 Raised

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.

2002
Student Cribs Founded
Student Cribs Founded

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.