Welcome to

Howard Osborne

Howard Osborne LLP is a joint venture between Cambridge based property developer Howard Group and London based Osborne, experienced developers of student and private rented accommodation. These two well-established, family-owned, property focused companies have come to together in partnership to deliver exceptional, sustainably built accommodation in Oxford, London and Cambridge.

Howard Osborne combines shared values and working ethos with sound financial standing and a proven track record of delivering high quality, cost-effective student and private rented accommodation; constructed with environmental sustainability in mind. We provide a seamless acquisition, planning, development and construction programme, which delivers exceptional residential accommodation that nurtures the personal and social needs of residents. Our student accommodation is developed with a deep understanding of the types of spaces that maximise academic success too.

A strong partnership, well financed and with innovative funding options

Sound risk management on property finance, project delivery and residential management

Fostering long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with universities & landlords

What We Do

We specialise in developing exceptional, purpose-built accommodation

Osborne supports university and college recruitment and residential strategies by providing high-quality student accommodation that meets our clients’ needs in terms of design, construction, finance and, where required, the ongoing operation.

We also support investors and customers of new purpose built rental housing; providing high-quality and sustainable accommodation that is also well managed and designed to create the perfect environment for communities to flourish in.

We are experts in minimising and controlling risk in what can be a complex and often prolonged acquisition and delivery process, including proactively managing any local sensitivities around the development. Where required, we provide funding options that allow universities or other ‘landlord’ institutions to retain or make best use of their own resources.

We are focused on creating lasting, long-term legacies for our clients, not generating short-term returns nor maximising the residential offer at all costs. We are committed to building residential communities that meet the aspirations of universities and their students or landlords and their customers.


Our Experience

The Story of Mount Pleasant Halls, Cambridge

This innovative and prestigious hall of residence has been built in close collaboration with St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge, whose students now call it home.

Howard Osborne developed the scheme - demolishing a five storey 1970’s office building, which occupied a prominent position to the north west of the city centre, and replacing it with a 272 en-suite bedroom hall of residence with high-specification shared spaces and facilities throughout. 

The new building is leased to the adjacent St Edmund’s College as part of an innovative funding agreement negotiated by Howard Osborne, which has seen Legal & General fund this prime purpose-built student accommodation investment. As part of the annuity income style deal, the freehold will eventually pass to St Edmund’s College.

The living accommodation has been specifically designed to meet the needs and well-being of the student and post graduate body, providing 199 large en-suite study bedrooms (of at least 16.9sqm) and 73 studio flats (with a minimum size of 23sqm). Clusters of eight rooms are grouped around fully equipped, generous shared kitchens and communal living, social and study spaces. These details, combined with features such as state-of-the-art security and ample cycle storage, make Mount Pleasant Halls ideal for modern student life and a rich and rewarding environment for all those who will pass through its doors for years to come.

Your Requirements

Come and talk to us if you are looking for:

New Accommodation

Specifically designed to meet the needs of your students or customers

Innovative Funding Solutions

Access to alternative funding options for new accommodation

Development Expertise

A trusted and experienced development partner

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Werner Baumker


Director, Howard Group


David Podesta


Development Manager, Osborne