National PR coverage for Liberty Living Content and online PR case study for the student accommodation sector




pieces of coverage


keywords have seen improvement

The brief

Liberty Living is a student accommodation provider based in the UK. They provide halls of residence to students across numerous cities in the UK, and came to us with a view to improving rankings and visibility for their key locations, including Manchester, Newcastle and London.

The strategy

We needed to improve rankings of location pages by acquiring links and optimizing the internal linking.

Competitors had much more authority to deeper pages meaning that they were ranking better. We were also competing with local housing suppliers as well as large national competitors.

Content and online PR plan

Step one

Earn links to local pages. This required a range of tactics:

  • Existing mentions
  • Local listings
  • Student services
  • Direct contact with universities.

Step two

Proactive PR to work alongside the tactics mentioned above. The aim of this was to increase overall site authority and enable us to target student publications:

The results

Keyword positions

  • Key locations are Newcastle, London and Manchester. All have been the focus of link earning activity and all have seen an increase in rankings
  • ‘student accommodation Newcastle’ #2 +5 positions
  • ‘student accommodation London’ #10 +7 positions
  • ‘student accommodation Manchester’ #7 +5 positions
  • 25 out of 40 ‘student accommodation’ terms we are tracking have seen ranking improvement

Coverage and links

  • 140 pieces of coverage, including non-linking mentions
  • 125 links obtained
    • 61 to locations
    • 33 to homepage
    • 8 to other areas of the site
  • 56 different pages linked to
  • Links by location
    • Cardiff: 14
    • London: 9
    • Manchester: 6
    • Leeds: 5
    • Newcastle: 5
    • Others: 22

Average domain authority: 43

Campaign results

Key existing mention links

Here is a selection of university links that have been acquired:

  • University of Birmingham (DA82)
  • University of Manchester (DA86)
  • University of Notre Dame (DA86)
  • Northeastern University (DA85)
  • Visit Scotland (DA84).

Google Autocompletes Project so far:

  • 23 links including:
    • Business Insider (DA95)
    • Cosmopolitan (DA88)
    • London Evening Standard (DA89)
    • Metro (DA87)



  • 32 pieces of coverage including:
    • Glasgow Live
    • Coventry Telegraph.


There has been a significant increase in Liberty Living’s rankings, and this can be attributed to the quality links we have acquired.