An agency team that oversaw £3.8bn in property deals in a year and the 23-year-old founder of a student room booking service are among the winners of Property Week’s Student Accommodation Awards 2022.

Student Accommodation Awards 2022 group winners

Student Accommodation Awards 2022 group winners

JLL won Agency Team of the Year after participating in some of the largest recent purpose-built student accommodation transactions, including working on GIC and Greystar’s bid for Student Roost, while Lydia Jones was crowned Rising Star for founding Housemates, a website that helps students find rooms with trusted providers.

The awards took place last night at a black-tie dinner at the InterContinental London near The O2.

Other winners on the night included Nido Student, which picked up Developer of the Year after expanding its network of student beds to almost 8,000 internationally whilst also focusing carefully on sustainability by making use of recycled and reclaimed materials in its developments.

PSBA giant Unite Students took home the prize of Operator of the Year after providing a range of financial support to students affected by Covid closures and for its efforts to tackle inequality in the student accommodation sector.

The University Team of the Year went to the University of London’s Residential Services department for achieving high levels of student satisfaction and creating inclusive and supportive communities. Initiatives included providing a new accommodation management system, offering housing advisers to help students plan their next year’s accommodation and holding mental health wellbeing events.

The evening also saw Mark Allen and David Tymms inducted into Property Week’s Hall of Fame. Allen played a leading role in turning UPP into a major player in student accommodation, while Tymms has become influential figure in the sector for his work at iQ Student Accommodation and chairing the British Property Federation’s Student Accommodation committee.

Lem Bingley, editor of Property Week, said: “This year’s finalists collectively demonstrate that this is a sector full of innovation, dedication and determination. I know the judges had a very tough time deciding who to crown the winners. Congratulations to everyone who won an award.”

Full list of winners

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Agency Team of the Year

JLL – Living Capital Markets

Climate Crisis Initiative


Collaboration Award


Developer of the Year

Nido Student

Health & Wellbeing Initiative

Student Roost

Innovation Award

Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems

International Operator of the Year

Student Depot

Investor of the Year

Kexgill Group

Legal/Professional Team of the Year


Operator of the Year 2022

Unite Students

Private Halls of Residence 2022

Student Roost - Hollis Croft, Sheffield

Rising Star Award

Lydia Jones, Housemates

Social Impact Initiative

Unite Foundation

University Halls of Residence 2022

Cryfield Village, University of Warwick & R H Partnership Architects

University Team of the Year

Residential Services, University of London

Unsung Hero Award

Louise Evans, True Student

Hall of Fame

Mark Allen

David Tymms