University to create 648 more student beds in Carlton

June 14 / 138

An artist's rendition of the new building on Leicester Street.
An artist's rendition of the new building on Leicester Street.

The University will substantially increase its accommodation offering and enhance the student experience on campus by building a new 648-bed student accommodation facility in Carlton.

The 14-storey facility will be developed at 108-128 Leicester Street. It will likely be completed in late 2015 and opened in time for Semester 1, 2016.

The project is a key component of the University’s overall Student Accommodation Program, which aims to provide new, high-quality, affordable student accommodation options to domestic and international students as part of its long-term strategy to provide at least 2000 new student beds by 2020.

The University has partnered with Campus Living Villages (CLV) in a 38-year Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) contract for the facility. 

Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis said student accommodation was extremely important to the life and vibrancy of the University.

“CLV brings the highest level of international expertise in developing student accommodation projects. We look forward to working closely with CLV to achieve our vision for the facility,” he said.

Senior Vice-Principal Ian Marshman, who has oversight of the Student Accommodation Program, said the project was in line with the University’s ambition to offer a student experience of unmatched quality.

“As well as the provision of beds, the development of this facility South of the campus aims to enhance the urban amenity and contribute to a greater level of ‘24/7 life’ within the area,” he said.

The Leicester Street facility will offer students a coordinated resident life program to build a sense of community within the facility and strong connections with the University, its campus and an enhanced experience of the Melbourne CBD. 

This will include sporting and social activities, cultural and art events and volunteering opportunities.

The new facility, which will be built by Watpac Construction, will offer extensive common room spaces, ground level retail outlets, secure access and staff support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The new BOOT contract with CLV follows an announcement in March that the University had purchased an 11-storey tower at 303-305 Royal Parade and five terrace houses at 80-90 The Avenue, Parkville from the Salvation Army. 

These sites will provide an additional 200-300 student beds by as early as 2017.

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