Residents of York Street’s LIV Student Belfast have propelled their home-from-home to the shortlist of the unique Global Student Living Awards, the only industry awards based on direct feedback collected from tens of thousands of students around the world.
LIV Student, whose 717-room building opened in the city’s Cathedral quarter in September 2021, is a finalist in two categories of the highly sought-after awards: Best Customer Service (UK & Ireland) and Best Small Operator (UK & Ireland). It is the only operator of student accommodation in Belfast to make the shortlists.
The nominations are based on feedback from students participating in the Global Student Living Index. They add further recognition for the “exemplary” building, the first in Northern Ireland to meet rigorous standards for design and resident welfare, but are particularly special for Claire Preston, LIV Student’s Head of Operations (Ireland), who said:
“We’ve long known how excited our residents are about living in our building, telling us they love how it’s designed with their student experience in mind. And what they’ve said about our team really means so much to us. When I read comments like ‘the staff are lovely, absolutely everybody tries their best and I appreciate them and all they do’ in student feedback, I’m thrilled. We’ve got a top-notch team of people doing everything they can to help residents’ love where they live in Belfast and enhance their student lifestyle, and it’s wonderful to hear their work is so appreciated.”
The recognition comes after LIV Student Belfast cemented its relationships with Belfast’s two main universities, Ulster University and Queen’s University, for the next academic year. New nomination agreements with both will “make us an extension of each University’s accommodation,” added Claire, “and mean the building is already nearly fully booked with freshers and returning students who enjoyed their first year here.”
The winners of the Global Student Living Awards will be announced in October 2022 and Peter Brook, LIV Student Operations Director, added:
“We regularly ask residents for feedback then we act based on what they’ve told us – for example, we’ve introduced regular events, work with other local and independent businesses and come up with ways to help our residents and our local community too. Claire and her team must be some of the hardest-working people in student accommodation, determined to make the place students spend such an important part of their life somewhere which is more than a bed for a night. I’m so proud of them and over the moon to see their efforts so appreciated by our residents.”
The Global Student Living Awards [https://gsl.news/awards] for the UK & Ireland, and Europe are based exclusively on direct feedback from tens of thousands of students about their student accommodation experience. With no written nominations and no ‘expert’ judges, the Global Student Living Awards are uniquely credible and highly prized.
The Winners of all UK & Ireland and European Awards will be announced on stage at GSL Live ’22: Net-zero Student Living in London on 20th October.