The Next Generation Student Accommodation


Urban Student Life is the trading name for Valeo USL Limited Company No: 10947713 Registered address: 71-75 Shelton Street, London, WC2H 9JQ.

Complete, independent, full-service property development and management targeted at the student accommodation, PRS and educational sectors.

We aim to provide cost-effective solutions in an uncomplicated manner that will allow our clients to achieve performance, investment return and sustainable quality.

We aim to deliver results across a range of services within the student accommodation and wider educational sector. Our core activities are agency services (finding properties and end users), technical services (delivering properties) and operational and financial services (managing properties to optimise the potential developments).


At Urban Student Life, we can provide full management services for any student accommodation property. This is supported by sales and marketing expertise targeted at the international student sector on both short and longer-term courses, providing greater opportunities to yield manage the property and thus produce higher returns.


In addition to our management services, we provide operational review and turnaround services on a short-term basis. We have a multi-disciplinary performance management team who are able to help assess underperforming assets or assist in turnaround or distressed situations. 

We work with insolvency specialists, landlords, banks and financial institutions, accountants and business owners in connection with trading difficulties. We will then manage discussions with lenders and investors to help owners present their business case in a compelling and effective manner.


We also offer specific solutions in the following areas:
  • Brand Positioning
  • Public Relations
  • Human Capital Management
  • Training and Leadership
  • Financial Management and Cost Control
  • Procurement and Supply Chain Management
  • Distribution Channels and Revenue Management
  • Systems Reviews
  • Management Contract Evaluations, including on-going Asset Management 


Few projects are self-funded, and there will generally be at least one third-party financier involved – leveraged finance, asset-based lending or private equity. We work with banks and private equity to negotiate the facility/equity investment, and at the same time work with hospitality clients in their negotiations with banks or private equity, seeking to balance the investment/CAPEX funding issues with the longer-term operation of the hotel or leisure business and underlying assets.

Please contact Andrew Buchanan at to discuss any aspects of the above that may be of interest.


We have resources available in the areas of architecture, interior design, engineering and planning, and we can offer to project and contract manage the entire development process. Depending on the point of entry, this may include:
  • Project Management and Employer's Agent
  • Stakeholder Representative
  • Project Monitoring
  • Development Management
  • Business Case Appraisals
  • Project Planning
  • Design Management
  • Value Engineering
  • Contract Management
  • FFE Organisation
Please contact David Choules at or Elizabeth Slessor at should you require any further information.


The management team behind USL have been providing agency services for academic instititions and developers for many years.

Sourcing through our network, we can locate:
  • Potential sites for sale at distressed prices or with significant upside
  • Brownfield sites with development potential
  • “Anomaly sites” with change of use potential
  • End users, either by way of a long-term “tenant” (leasing) or a management company supported by a well-covenanted lease position
Our agency services will provide a full market analysis of any given scheme, together with a high-level feasibility study to verify the integrity or otherwise of a proposition. 

This applies equally to "Inbound" (overseas investors seeking entry into the UK market) and "Outbound" (UK operators seeking to reduce their reliance on the UK market).

We provide a full support service for clients on a disposal, including structuring and negotiation of heads of terms if required. We can also provide tax and wealth management advice in connection with the proceeds of sale.

Please contact Declan Lowy at for further information or to discuss any current academic requirements confidentially.

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