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News22nd February 2018

Ark students given access to free university accommodation, thanks to urbanest

Some of our students will be celebrating more than just great A level results this summer. They’ll be the recipients of a new bursary which provides free accommodation in London throughout their time at university.

The bursary is being provided by urbanest, a leading student accommodation provider. Urbanest is focused on delivering high quality accommodation and services to students, working closely with major universities in London.

The bursaries will provide 15 school leavers from our network with accommodation and a financial bursary for the duration of their university course in London. Five students will receive the bursary each year, over three years, beginning this September. They will move into one of urbanest’s six properties in London, and be given a termly cash bursary to support their general living costs.

The bursary scheme has been established to ensure Ark students from a disadvantaged background can study and live in London during their higher education studies.

Mark Smithers, Director of University Relations at urbanest said: “Supporting students is at the heart of everything we do at urbanest, which is why we are so pleased to announce the launch of this new bursary scheme. The bursary is our way of giving back to the local community and providing young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds with opportunities they might not otherwise have.”

Applications for the scheme will begin next month, with the first students due to move into their new homes in September 2018.

If you or your organisation is interested in developing a bursary scheme with Ark, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact to find out more.