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Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

JCU Cairns expands with on-campus accommodation

Accommodation for hundreds of students is to be built on James Cook University’s Cairns campus, ensuring the city is an even more attractive destination for domestic and international students to learn and live.

JCU will invest $40m to develop the 300-bed accommodation on its Smithfield campus.

The seven-storey, 9,450m2 complex will offer a mix of accommodation options including studio apartments with en-suite bathrooms.

JCU Cairns expands with on-campus accommodation

An artist’s impression of student accommodation to be built on JCU’s Cairns campus (Image: JCU)

The development will also include a ground floor retail space, which could include a coffee shop.

There are plans to expand the accommodation to 1,000 beds over the longer term.

JCU’s Chancellor, Bill Tweddell said the announcement is great news for the city, and the accommodation will help grow JCU’s Cairns campus.

“We are delighted to be announcing the construction of accommodation on the Cairns campus. We know that on-campus accommodation is essential for the growth of our campus.”

JCU Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said the accommodation will provide a tremendous boost to JCU’s expansion in Cairns.

“The Cairns campus has been growing and on-campus accommodation will make it an even more attractive destination for students. It will also provide a significant boost to the local economy.”

The accommodation will offer residential support and pastoral care, a wide range of social events and programs, a safe living environment, amenities including residential parking, ‘end of ride’ cycling facilities, gym, kitchen and laundry facilities, and high-speed Wi-Fi.

JCU Deputy Vice Chancellor Global Strategy & Engagement and Head of the Cairns Campus, Professor Robyn McGuiggan said the accommodation would help JCU attract more regional, interstate and international students.

The Chairman of Advance Cairns, Trent Twomey said the construction of on-campus accommodation at the Smithfield campus is a key priority for the city.

“JCU is planning exciting projects for the campus, such as the Cairns Innovation Centre, and on-campus accommodation is an integral part of the continued growth of JCU in Cairns.

“This will enable our regional students to live on campus and receive a full service university experience without having to travel south,” Mr Twomey said.

Work has commenced at the site with the accommodation planned to be available to students from first semester, 2018. It is expected that a total of 400 jobs will be created throughout the project and that at peak periods during construction, a maximum of 180 workers will be on site at any one time.

The accommodation is being designed by Wilson Architects and built by ADCO Constructions.

The project will also have a high degree of local participation. ADCO’s Local Industry Participation charter mandates that a majority of subcontractors be locally sourced.

This not only provides ADCO with local knowledge and experience on its projects but also provides significant economic stimulus to the community.

What’s at JCU Cairns?

JCU Dental School of course! The dental school was established in 2008 in response to the challenges presented by the oral health needs of northern Australia, and its foundation is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences’ strong commitment to the provision of professional health education in the area.

The dental school is one of only three dental schools in Australia located outside a capital city. The school’s establishment was funded by a grant of $52.5m from the Federal Government. The new, purpose-built building on the Smithfield campus of the university opened at the beginning of 2011. A new building to house JCU Dental, next door to the Discipline of Dentistry School Building, opened in February 2012.


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Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Governor-General opens new wing at University of Queensland King’s College

A new residential wing at King’s College within the University of Queensland was officially opened on March 19.

Designed by Wilson Architects, the Wensley Wing was completed by BADGE Constructions late last year at a cost of $6.9 million.

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New Wensley Wing at UQ King’s College (Photo credit: UQ)

King’s College Master and Chief Executive Mr Greg Eddy said the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and Lady Cosgrove, opened the wing.

“The state-of-the-art wing accommodates 38 students, and had study and communal areas,” Mr Eddy said.

“The College vision is to be Australia’s pre-eminent Residential College, which will enable diverse and innovative young men to serve and pursue individual excellence.

“The feedback from students has been extremely positive.”

Mr Eddy said the new wing was part of a major project, which included the refurbishment of the entry to the college and the expansion of the Old Collegians’ Learning Centre.

The Wensley Wing is named in honour of the late Robert Wensley QC, a Kingsman who was involved in all aspects of College throughout his life, including the Students’ Club, College Council, Foundation and Board of Fellows.

He was a member of the Senate of the University of Queensland from 1978, was elected Deputy Chancellor in 1999, 2002 and 2005, and served until 2007.

He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in recognition of his services to the university.

Accommodation at the University of Queensland

UQ St Lucia’s on-campus accommodation consists of 10 residential colleges that are home to more than 2,500 students from Australia and overseas. UQ Gatton accommodates 436 students on campus in the Halls of Residence.

The colleges are located within easy walking distance of all university facilities and provide academic support, social, cultural and sporting activities and the opportunity to build networks and friendships that will last a lifetime. Most residential colleges provide full catering for undergraduate students and either full or some self-catering options for postgraduate students.

Aside from the convenience of having every university facility and service only minutes away, there are other great advantages living at a residential college:

  • Supportive staff and secure premises
  • Academic tutorial programs and peer group support
  • The opportunity to meet other students
  • An active sporting, cultural and social life, and
  • College scholarships, prizes and bursaries

Life at a residential college aims to complement university life, not only academically, but also in the cultural, sporting and social fields.


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Thursday, March 17th, 2016

New University of Melbourne student accommodation opens in the heart of Carlton

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

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At the opening of the Student Village, from left: Prof Glyn Davis (Vice-Chancellor), Walter Carpenter (Chairman, CLV), Ms Elizabeth Alexander (Chancellor) and Simon Hickey (Global CEO, CLV). Photo: University of Melbourne

Student Village, the University of Melbourne Campus (the Village), located in Leicester Street, Carlton, is a university-lead project built in partnership with Campus Living Villages (CLV). In operation since January, the Village already boasts 100% occupancy and was officially opened by University of Melbourne’s Chancellor, Ms Elizabeth Alexander AM 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,” said Dr Wells.

“We are very glad to see this facility open to our students.”

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 buildings corridors.

“The Village welcomed its first students on Jan. 1 2016, and in a few short months has already developed a vibrant community of residents who are looking to make the most out of their student experience,” said Mr Carpenter.

“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.


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Monday, September 29th, 2014

UQ plans new student housing complex

Students at the University of Queensland will have greater choice in quality affordable accommodation, with plans for two new sustainable housing developments on the UQ St Lucia campus by 2018.

University of Queensland

UQ plans to add new student housing by 2018

Two sites are being considered for the proposed Student Housing Project, both on the university’s campus—a vacant block on Walcott Street and an adjacent block on Hood Street.

UQ Chief Operating Officer Maurie McNarn said the university was seeking an innovative design for a high-quality student housing precinct, and had called for expressions of interest from architectural firms and head contractors.

“We will select up to six architectural firms to participate in a design competition during October, with the successful architect and contractors likely to be appointed in December.”

He said the housing precinct would offer students quality accommodation at a reasonable price.

“The objective is to make optimal, sustainable use of the two UQ campus sites to promote a cohesive sense of community,” Mr McNarn said. “There will be limited off-street car parking, as experience has shown that students in such accommodation use fewer private cars.”

The precinct will be close to the core of UQ, public transport and local businesses.

Construction is expected to start in January 2016, with students moving in at the start of 2018.

UQ St Lucia

The university’s largest and possibly most attractive campus, UQ St Lucia, is situated in Brisbane, a dynamic capital city known for its excellent climate, high standard of living and secure quality of life. Almost all OzTREKK students note that the St Lucia main campus at UQ is stunning. The majestic sandstone buildings give the campus an intellectual feel while its sprawling parklands, abundant wildlife, and multiple sporting fields offer reprieve from the rigors of academia. Located less than 7 km outside of the Brisbane Central Business District and bordered on three sides by the Brisbane River, the campus has easy access to the city via foot, buses and the City Cat river ferry.

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Thursday, September 25th, 2014

University of Newcastle student living

The University of Newcastle‘s exciting new residential development on the Callaghan campus is nearing completion, and students will soon have the chance to be one of its first residents, with applications for 2015 set to open on Oct. 1.

University of Newcastle

UON boosts its accommodation options

Take a virtual tour of the new facilities.

Due for completion later this year, the four multi-level residences will boast 336 self-catered apartments and almost 800 beds, and is the largest accommodation build undertaken by UON since the construction of Edwards Hall in 1972.

A home for University of Newcastle students from across Australia and around the world, UON Student Living provides a student experience like no other. The development of the four new apartment blocks will see capacity to accommodate students almost double.

The accommodation project aims to address the shortage of contemporary and affordable student housing in the Hunter region, while providing an enhanced student experience.

For convenience, student community life, support, affordability and peace of mind, UON Student Living is the ideal choice. Living within walking distance of lectures and classes, as well as being surrounded by hundreds of fellow students with common study goals, makes academic life the first focus for UON student residents.


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Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

University of Newcastle’s student accommodation milestone

The University of Newcastle‘s capacity to accommodate students will soon almost double, with the construction of four student apartment blocks reaching an important milestone on July 18, 2014.

University of Newcastle

Newcastle student housing to get a boost

A ceremonial trowelling celebrated the final concrete pour on the last of the four buildings’ roofs. In keeping with construction industry tradition, trees were placed on top of the development, with four balloons signifying each of the new buildings, also released.

The accommodation project aims to address the shortage of contemporary, safe and affordable student housing in the Hunter region, while providing an enhanced student experience with the University of Newcastle.

Due for completion later this year, the development is expected to be open for occupancy in February 2015.

The four multi-level residences will boast 336 self-catered apartments and almost 800 beds, and is the largest accommodation build to be undertaken by the University of Newcastle since the construction of Evatt House in 1972.

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Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

University of Sydney boosts student housing

Hundreds more domestic and international students will be able to access affordable student housing as they pursue their university studies thanks to a decision by the NSW government to sell a decommissioned health facility in Camperdown to the University of Sydney.

Last year, Sydney expressed its interest in purchasing the Queen Mary Building—a former nursing accommodation site for the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital—as part of its strategy to increase available affordable student beds in and around its main campus from 2,500 to 6,000 by 2015. It has since been successful in a NSW government tender process.

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The sale of the building to the university will enable its renovation to a student accommodation centre in 2015.

University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence said the sale agreement was a major breakthrough in the affordable student accommodation crisis. He praised the NSW government for recognizing the need for the building to be used for this purpose and partnering with him to find student accommodation solutions.

“With today’s announcement the University of Sydney and the NSW government have signalled their determination to tackle the critical issue of affordable student housing in partnership. The University thanks the NSW government for recognizing the urgency of the issue and being open to options to remedy it,” Dr Spence said.

Dr Spence said there is clear acknowledgment across the education sector and government that suitable accommodation plays a key role in overall student satisfaction and success in their tertiary studies. The accommodation will be targeted at both international and domestic students who are seeking a greater level of independence and responsibility within proximity of the university’s main campus.

The Queen Mary Building, on the corner of Grose and Church streets, Camperdown, was decommissioned by the NSW Department of Health in 2005 and was becoming neglected as it remained vacant. The building is situated in the health precinct between the university’s main campus, the Sydney Nursing School, and Brain and Mind Research Institute. Close to other student colleges it is a natural extension to the university’s presence, offering students easy access to campus, and medical and allied health students an immediate proximity to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

The university’s concept for the accommodation includes a manager’s office and approximately one residential assistant for every 25 students. Planned spaces include single rooms with large common living and study spaces, sky lounges and sky-gardens, communal kitchens that permit independent living but with higher than normal social interaction, theatre, gym and music room.

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