New student accommodation opens in Carlton

March 16 / 178

Inside the lobby of the new student accommodation village
Inside the lobby of the new student accommodation village

A new 648-bed student accommodation for University of Melbourne students has been officially opened in the heart of the University’s campus precinct.

Student Village, the University of Melbourne Campus (the Village), located in Leicester Street, Carlton, is a University-led project built in partnership with Campus Living Villages (CLV). In operation since January, the Village already boasts 100 per cent occupancy and was officially opened by University of Melbourne’s Chancellor Elizabeth Alexander and CLV’s Chairman, Walter Carpenter.

Vice-Principal of Policy and Projects Dr Julie Wells said the project is the latest demonstration of the University’s commitment to increase student accommodation options near its campuses.

"We know that finding affordable, quality accommodation close to campus is a high priority for many of our students, especially for those who are new to Melbourne.

“This partnership with CLV is an important contribution to our goal of providing 6,000 quality, affiliated student accommodation places by 2020, and is a good complement to the existing college accommodation available to our students,” Dr Wells said.

A five-green-star rated building, Dr Wells said the building also highlighted the University’s commitment to environmentally sustainable best practice and reducing its environmental footprint. The building has solar panels, a 20,000-litre water recycling facility, rooftop gardens and a thermal chimney that helps to naturally ventilate the building’s corridors.

“The Village welcomed its first students on 1 January this year, and in a few short months has already developed a vibrant community of residents who are looking to make the most of their student experience,” Mr Carpenter said.

“Facilities such as a heated swimming pool, student lounge, fully equipped gym, half court basketball zone, BBQ area and study rooms on each level encourage a balanced lifestyle that helps students live, learn and grow throughout their time at university. We are very proud to celebrate our partnership with the University of Melbourne with the opening of this quality facility,” he said.

Story by David Scott.

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