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The City room rentals story

City Room Rentals is a leading online marketplace for student housing that counts some of the largest institutions and operators as long term partners. Shortlisted for ‘Agency team of Year’ at the Student Accommodation Conference & Awards 2018, 2019 & 2020. Organised by Property Week, the nomination recognises leading innovators in the sector, the ability to provide in-depth expertise in all areas of student accommodation, as well as offering the best possible advice and support to clientele within this niche asset class. Take a glimpse at our story below!

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    Our Beginning - September 2014

    Edinburgh Room Rentals is founded in Edinburgh, Scotland. A simple idea of providing a user friendly booking platform offering affordable accommodation options in the Capital!

  • November 2014

    The company launches its  Festival Accommodation  platform with a core focus on providing affordable student accommodation  during the Edinburgh Fringe!

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    December 2014

    Edinburgh Room Rentals  partners with the leading  student provider in the UK, UNITE students, matching eager festival goers to affordable accommodation!

  • January 2015

    Edinburgh Room Rentals receives financial backing from student investment specialist, the Mansion Group!

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    February 2015

    Edinburgh Room Rentals signs an agreement to provide the booking management for all Mansion Student accommodation, breaking all revenue records!

  • March 2015

    Edinburgh Room Rentals partners with Heriot Watt and Napier University, matching students to available private accommodation beds in the city!

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    April 2015

    Edinburgh Room Rentals  partners with Bowfonds Investment Management and Collegiate to provide booking management services, breaking all revenue records!

  • May 2015

    The company partners with one of the largest student  providers in the UK, CRM Student!

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    June 2015

    The company delivers in excess of 45,000 bed nights to the Capital in time for the Edinburgh International Festival!

  • August 2015

    Edinburgh Room Rentals  partners with The Guardian TV Festival to create a brand new Festival Campus offering the heart of Edinburgh!

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    September 2015

    Edinburgh Room Rentals is recognized by its peers at  the inaugural STEP business awards, scooping the runner up prize!

  • October 2015

    The business wins Young Scottish Edge funding, with the fund supported by serial entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter!

    Edge funding backed by Sir Tom Hunter
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    November 2015

    The company partners with City Heart Living to provide consultancy expertise on the new University of the Highlands and Islands accommodation development to build two brand student residences valued at £44m.

  • December 2015

    The company rebrands under City Room Rentals! New web platform goes into development.

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    February 2016

    City Room Rentals is accepted onto the Entrepreneurial Spark programme, the world’s largest free business accelerator based at the new RBS HQ Tech hub, Gogarburn (pop, bubble and cheers!)

  • March 2016

    The new City Room Rentals  booking  platform is launched to the world! Platform city coverage for Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Stirling, St Andrew’s and London!

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    April 2016

    City Room Rentals signs an exclusive agreement with Stirling Venues, the commercial wing of University of Stirling to provide the booking management services for Stirling Court Hotel (all year round) and 2000 student accommodation beds to operate as commercial hotels during summer vacation.

  • May 2016

    City Room Rentals scoops the ‘Spirit of EIE’ award in front of leading global investor audience! Companies pitching at EIE have raised over £350 million in funding since the event began. The event, which is supported by Informatics Ventures- University of Edinburgh, brings over 200 international investors to the event and is now the largest event of its kind in the UK. Catch up HERE

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    July 2016

    City Room Rentals launches a brand new Campus Accommodation in Fort William in partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and City Heart Living. Running as a commercial hostel through the summer months of July and August, City Room Rentals provides the Booking Management and revenue services for the property and has consulted on operational set up for the academic year.

  • September 2016

    City Room Rentals helps many eager students into the purpose built student accommodation market across the UK trusted by leading Universities to support academic year students navigate the private market.

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    February 2017

    City Room Rentals announces its renewed partnership as the Official Accommodation Partner of the Edinburgh International Television Festival (EITF). Check out here for more information

  • May 2017

    City Room Rentals announces its expansion into IrelandIdentified as a key growth market for the company, the business has an exciting pipeline of sites to announce throughout 2017!

    August 2017

    City Room Rentals partners with a new and exciting brand ‘Student Roost’ following the asset sale from UNITE Plc. to Brookfield in order to assist with the sales cycle of Edinburgh properties.

    Unite, the student accommodation developer sold off 13 properties to fund manager Brookfield in a £295 million deal that included several sites north of the Border. The sale encompasses a portfolio of properties located in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Liverpool and York totalling 4,175 beds.

  • December 2017

    City Room Rentals partners with Curlew Capital and the Curlew Student Trust to market the iconic John Bell House in the city centre of Belfast offering affordable accommodation to students and leisure customers.

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    March 2018

    City Room Rentals partners with Global Student Accommodation (GSA), the leading international student operator to deliver summer lettings income delivery across their key UK markets of Edinburgh, Cardiff, Southampton and Liverpool.

  • June 2018

    City Room Rentals nominated for ‘Innovative Business of the Year’. The Causeway Business Awards distinguish those organisations that effectively trade on both sides of the Irish Sea. Read more about nomination here.



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    October 2018

    City Room Rentals has been nominated for ‘Agency Team of The Year’ as recognised by Property Week. This award represents agencies who have shown the ability to provide in-depth expertise in all areas of student accommodation, as well as offering the best possible advice and support. Read more about the nomination here.


  • February 2019

    City Room Rentals relocates to a brand-new office, CodeBase Stirling, situated in the former Municipal building.

    CodeBase is the largest technology incubator in the UK and one of the fastest-growing in Europe. Based entirely on private equity, it is home to over 60 of the best companies in the country.

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    April 2019

    The company partners with two new student providers in Dublin. Uninest and their flagship property, Ardcairn House and Hattington Capital and their leading property, Highlight Thomas Street. City Room Rentals provides the Booking Management and revenue services for the properties to allow them to facilitate as hostels during the commercial Summer break.

  • July 2019

    City Room Rentals Managing Director and Co-Founder is selected as a finalist by the Royal Bank of Scotland Great Entrepreneur Awards. The awards celebrate entrepreneurs and their business story and those who have led the way in providing a new or established service in their industry. Read more about the nomination here.

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    September 2019

    City Room Rentals team appointed as new trustee for Heriot-Watt University Student Union. This exciting role will involve helping to shape future direction and investment, contributing to strategy and policy as well as mentoring the Heriot-Watt student leaders.

  • December 2019

    The company is shortlisted for “Agency Team of the Year” for a second year in a row! Organised by Property Week, the nomination recognises leading innovators in the sector with the ability to offer exceptional professional services and value to its clients. Read more about the nomination here.

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    February 2020

    City Room Rentals expands into 3 new cities, Bedford, Coventry, and Wolverhampton. The company now operates in 33 locations across the UK and Ireland with multiple properties in each area. Explore the rest of the locations here.

  • March 2020- August 2020

    The Covid-19 pandemic presents some operational challenges for us and the world! 🙂 Lockdown ensues….

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    October 2020

    The company is shortlisted for “Agency Team of the Year” for the third year in a row! Organised by Property Week, the nomination recognises leading innovators in the sector with the ability to offer exceptional professional services and value to its clients. Check it out here

  • April 2021

    Our flagship residential SPV fund is launched ‘City Rentals Group Ltd’ targeting the top UK towns and cities for residential living and short-term stays.

    The SPV acquires its first asset located at Guthrie Court, in an all-cash purchase BMV on the exclusive grounds of the world-famous Gleneagles Hotel.

    The two-bedroom apartment is currently undergoing extensive re-modeling including new windows, kitchen, flooring, doors, and design configurations to appeal to high-end clientele visitors- including tourists to the PGA Centenary course, corporate stays and international guests visiting Scotland.

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    September 2021

    City Room Rentals partners with the leading universities in Glasgow to support their allocations and accommodation offices and meet accommodation guarantees.

    The unprecedented demand for student accommodation led to one of the busiest intakes in over a decade with hundreds of first-year students housed and filtered to the PBSA market. Some keys highlights:

    The friendly,  knowledgeable and professional CRR team were extremely responsive to our needs and requests whilst working under significant time pressure, and there is no doubt that without their support the desired results would not have been achieved”. 

    “City Room Rentals provide the ideal stress-free solution for outsourcing students to the most suitable accommodation in University towns and cities”.

  • April 2022

    SPV holding City Rentals Group Ltd acquires its second prime residential asset in an all-cash deal in the historic city of Stirling.

    The two-bedroom top-floor apartment has opulent views overlooking the world-renowned Stirling Castle and will be managed by the City Room Rentals in-house short let’s team targeting tourists and short-stay visitors.