University Living is a global student housing marketplace that helps international students find the best place to stay near university campuses around the world. Currently, the platform offers 1 Mn beds in 15K properties across 203 international education hubs in the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and UAE. Students can consult a 24/7 support team of accommodation experts to discover, compare and book value-for money accommodation based on their budget, desired location, and other personal preferences. All properties featured on the website have been verified either by us or our partners to ensure a 100% safe student living experience.
Started in January, 2015 by two former roommates with twenty years of industry experience between them, the AI and ML enabled platform has grown to assist 1,50,000 students across 900 universities in five years. Winning the Economic Times' Power of Ideas was the highlight of a truly spectacular debut year. In 2016, we kept that momentum going as one of the Ten Best Start-Ups rewarded by IIIT-Delhi, won the BigB Plan organized by Espark-Viridian Accelerator in association with Headstart Network Foundation, and were officially recognized by Startup India. The following year, the founders, Saurabh Arora and Mayank Maheshwari, were featured on CNBC Tie the Knot as future industry leaders.
In May 2018, we launched a brand new website to offer a superior, customised, and seamless user journey. Two months later, we secured pre-Series A funding led by IAN (Indian Angel Network) and LetsVenture. This newly raised capital was used for technological advancements, market expansion, and talent recruitment.
2019 has been University Living’s biggest year yet. The platform’s 3000X growth story was featured in Business Standard. The organisation also grabbed headlines in other leading publications, including India Today, The Asian Age, The Financial Express, BW People, The Tribune, Quartz India, E27, to name a few. Besides, the organisation appeared on the Top 10 Start-Ups to Watch for in 2019 list by CEO Insights magazines and won the Best Company for Student Accommodation at the Global Leaders Awards 2019 powered by Times Now. Most recently, the platform has rolled out a new version of the website with an integrated payment gateway and improved UI/UX for an elevated user experience.